5.9.5.2 Faculties of Permanent Deacons Assigned to Parish or Other Ministerial Service

1. Within the territory of a parish to which they are assigned. a deacon may baptize one who has completed the fourteenth year of age without previously referring the matter to the diocesan bishop, provided that the requirements of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or its diocesan-approved equivalent have been met (c. 863). (Permanent deacons without assignment to a parish do not possess this faculty.)

2. Permanent deacons are given a dispensation to receive the Eucharist three times on the same day at those Masses of Sunday and other days of precept in which their liturgical assistance is pastorally useful (cf. cc. 905§1; 917; 921 §2).

3. Permanent deacons are granted the faculty to dispense from the Eucharistic abstinence in individual cases and for a just reason (c. 919§1; cf. 919 §3).

4. Permanent deacons are granted the faculty to assist at marriages within the boundaries of the parish to which they are assigned. They are also granted the faculty to sub-delegate another specified priest or deacon for a specific marriage within those same limits (c. 1111; c. 137§3).

5. Permanent deacons are granted the faculty to witness the marriages of those who are bound by some natural obligations toward another party or toward children as a result of a previous union, provided that the parties are canonically free to contract marriage. This faculty may be used only when there is proof that such obligations are fulfilled (c. 1071§1,3º).

6. Permanent deacons are granted the faculty to dispense in individual cases and for a just reason from the obligation of observing a required day of penance, or to commute the obligation into other pious works (c. 1250-1252, cf. c. 1245). This faculty may be exercised on behalf of an individual or family who are residents, temporary residents, travelers or present in the diocese (c. 100; c. 107). This faculty may not be used to dispense an entire parish.

7. Permanent deacons are granted the faculty to dispense in individual cases and for a just reason from the obligation of participation at mass on Sunday or on another day of precept, or to commute the obligation into other pious works (c. 1247, cf. 1245). This faculty may be exercised on behalf of an individual or family who are residents, temporary residents, travelers or present in the diocese (c. 100; c. 107). This faculty may not be used to dispense an entire parish.

8. Permanent deacons are granted the faculty to conduct the Rite of Christian Burial for an unbaptized child, provided that the parents had intended to have the child baptized (c. 1183,§2).

9. Permanent deacons are granted the faculty to conduct Church funeral rites for a baptized person belonging to a non-Catholic church or ecclesial community, provided such services clearly were not contrary to the wishes of the deceased and provided that a minister of the faith of the deceased is not available (c. 1183,§3).




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