The Salt Lake City Diocese is investigating a bleeding host at St. Francis Xavier parish in Kearns. A boy was given Holy Communion by a local priest. A relative told the priest the child had not yet made his first communion and handed back the host. According to the rules, the priest put the host into water in order to dissolve it. But in the water, (three days later, according to additional reports: see below) the host started showing red spots. Now, a five member diocesan committee inquires whether there is -- or is not -- an explanation for this.
Last week, during the Holy Communion, a host was returned to the father (priest) overseeing the service. A host is the small (consecrated) wafer handed out as part of the communion. The father placed the host in glass of water near the head of the church. Typically, the host will dissolve away in a few minutes.
Three days later, members of the church say the host was still floating and it appeared to be bleeding. Word spread, and the church filled with people.—FOX 13.
The head of the investigation committee, Msgr. M. Francis Mannion, issued the following statement:
Recently, reports of a bleeding host at St. Francis Xavier Church in Kearns have been circulating within the diocese. Monsignor Colin F. Bircumshaw, Diocesan Administrator, has appointed an ad hoc committee of individuals with various backgrounds to investigate the matter. The work of the committee is now underway. The results will be made public.
The Host is now in the custody of the Diocesan Administrator. Contrary to rumor, there are no current plans for public exposition or adoration.
Whatever the outcome of the investigation, we can use this time to renew our faith and devotion in the greatest miracle — the Real Presence of Jesus Christ that takes place at every Mass.—CMTVStatement at Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City site: