The Archdiocese of Tuam is aware of reports in relation to what has been described as a “Eucharistic Miracle” in one of our parishes. As Catholics we believe that the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ, the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Communion is the source and summit of our faith and, accordingly, we treat the Body of Christ with the utmost reverence and dignity. The Archdiocese also wishes to acknowledge the honesty and integrity of everyone who has commented on recent reports as doing so in good faith. However, it is equally important to state that what has been reported is not an uncommon occurrence, and so we should be cautious about drawing conclusions at this stage.
For example, sometimes during the distribution of Holy Communion, a Host may accidentally fall on the ground. The procedure is for that particular Host to be respectfully removed, placed in water, and allowed to dissolve. This can take some time. It has previously been reported from around the world that sometimes the water reacts with the Host causing the water to discolour, or possibly causing a fungus-like matter to develop on the dissolving Host. There have also been reports from the United States and the United Kingdom of such Hosts being analysed by scientists. The final results are the same, namely that there is a wholly scientific explanation for such occurrences.
Following consultation, and as an expression of the greatest of respect for those who have an interest in this matter, the Archdiocese of Tuam intends to commission a scientific analysis on this particular Host. In the meantime, the Archdiocese will not be making any further comment on this issue.
Result of the laboratory analysis carried out in 2022
Four samples, taken from the dark red material on the decomposing host, were sent to a laboratory for analysis. The result of the scientific analysis is that all the samples contain moulds and yeasts. Nothing else was reported.