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Chuck Nagle wrote:

Hi, guys —

My father lives at a (VA) Veterans Affairs home. One of the other residents is a retired Navy serviceman who became a priest. Upon entering the facility he would have a Sunday morning Mass at a custom altar built to his specifications. Under his direction, I would distribute Communion to the dozen or so attendees.

Now we have lay ministers who do the three readings and serve Communion. We no longer have a sermon and the opportunity to wish others the sign of peace. He has Lou Gehrig's disease and can no longer stand for more than a few of minutes.

  • Is it permitted for the priest to sit behind the altar on a tall stool and say Mass?

The residents miss his sermons and I miss the opportunity to greet everyone in the room with the sign of peace.



  { Is it permitted for a priest with Lou Gehrig's disease to sit behind the altar and say Mass? }

Fr. Jonathan replied:


It is permitted due to the need. It would not be permitted without the need.

Either way it does not effect validity of the Mass.

Fr. Jonathan

Mike replied:

Hi, Chuck —

I searched our knowledge base for you and found this related posting under different circumstances:

Although Fr. Jonathan didn't mention it, I'm pretty confident that a priest with this condition would still have to get permission from the local bishop for this exception.

I hope this helps,


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