EWTN Catholic Q&A
Sacramental Wine
Question from Giovanni on 11-08-2007:

Dear Father,

I know for the celebration of Holy Mass special sacramental wine is supposed to be used. The priest in the local parish does not use sacramental wine. He says, it cost too much. Instead, he uses "Carlo Rossi" red table wine.

On the label it says "100% California grape wine, 12% Alcohol." I don't think this is legal, but I am wondering if his Masses are valid? Should I go to the bishop?

Thank you, Father, very much for you response.

Giovanni

Answer by Rev. Mark J. Gantley, JCL on 11-08-2007:

The use of such wine is valid and licit.

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