A carved image of The Last Supper on the base of the altar

Washing purificators & corporals

Purificators are used to wipe the Precious Blood from the lip of the chalice and to purify sacred vessels. Whenever the Precious Blood is distributed from the chalice, poured into vessels, or accidentally spilled, purificators are used to absorb the spill. The purificators are made of linen and are never made of paper or any other disposable material.

Because of their function, purificators regularly become stained with the Precious Blood. Since it is not appropriate to dispose of the Precious Blood in the laundry machine (and therefore the public sewer), these are thoroughly rinsed before laundering.

Guidelines for washing purificators at our parish:

  • Soak and rinse in a plastic tub. Then dump the water outside, on the ground, three or four times before laundering in a washing machine and drying.
  • Do not use bleach.
  • Do not use spray starch.
  • Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets.
  • Oxy Clean White is okay.
  • Steam iron with light ironing spray.
  • Folding:
    Purificators are rectangles. Tri-fold each one long-ways then fold in half with the cross facing up.
    Corporals are squares. Tri-fold then tri-fold again into a square with the cross in the middle of the small finished square.
  • If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Betty or Lydia.


Members of the parish volunteer to wash purificators & corporals. Here is the current list of volunteers:

January Lydia Fellwock
February Betty Brockus
March Jeanne Tiedt
April Linda Glenn
May Gail Gaynor
June Pat Henderson
July Jeff Ryan
August Nancy Schulte
September Ellie Noose
October Mary Ann Dobbs
November Linda Bramlett
December Jan Ruddell