Crash has his first job - as a weekend sacristan at our parish, Our Lady of the Railroad Tracks. He spent Sunday morning learning the ropes. Last night as I tucked him in, I asked what secret lore had been passed on during his initiation. Not much, as it turns out, but he did tell me how the number of hosts to be sent up in the offertory procession is computed. The formula is:
where ho is the number of hosts to be brought up, ht is the number of consecrated hosts in the tabernacle, and n the number of people over 4' 5". The funky brackets
represent the ceiling function (not to be confused with ceiling cats!), which means take the nearest integer larger than the value inside the brackets. (So for x = 17.4, the result would be 18.)
There were 179 people at the 11:15 Mass, so Crash set out 160 hosts.
[Math in translation: Take the number of people who look old enough to go to communion, round it up to the next highest 10 (so if there are 197 people at Mass, round up to 180). Subtract the number of consecrated hosts reserved in the tabernacle (in our example 20) to get the number of hosts to send up to the altar to be consecrated at this Mass.]
If Nike+ used the ceiling function on my mileage, I'd be at 900 miles now. As it is, I must take another walk.