The Communion bread, representing the Body of Christ, has been left on the floor of the Church of the Ascension in Gurranabraher three times recently and resulted in a warning being issued in the parish newsletter about the “very serious offence”.
Father Tomás Walsh said the Sacred Host has been found on the floor between seats in the church and he warned that there are “few more serious offences in Church law than the desecration of the Holy Eucharist in this way”.
He has also criticised people who come to receive Communion with chewing gum in their mouths.
Every time the Holy Eucharist is found on the floor, it is put in a glass of water and placed in the tabernacle to dissolve, before being buried deep in the ground.
Fr Walsh previously worked at the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne and said the offence occurred there also.
He also recalled an occasion when he worked in Nigeria where the host was found on the floor and the local bishop stopped celebrating Mass for a month.