For more than ten years, the Belgian JOC had lobbied Cardinal Jozef-Ernest Van Roey of Malines to seek a reduction in the length of the communion fast, citing the difficulty for young workers in factories who were thus unable to receive communion or take breakfast.
On 1 March 1962, the JOCI International Secretariat took up this issue in a letter to all national movements, calling on them to study the issue and write to their local bishops and/or to the Preparatory Pontifical Commission on the Discipline of the Sacraments.
Here is the letter
YCW International Secretariat 78 Boulevard Poincaré
Brussels 7, Belgium
March 1st, 1962
TO ALL MEMBERS AND ASPIRANT-MEMBERS TO ALL ASSOCIATE ORGANIZATIONS
TO ALL EXTENSION WORKERS
Dear President, Dear Chaplain,
On a number of occasions, during trips or meetings, we have noted that in numerous countries the present discipline governing the Eucharistic Fast keeps many workers away from Communion.
There is no doubt that the Ecumenical Council, which opens October 11th, will make a thorough study of this aspect of the canon law of the Church, with the thought of allowing all men easier access to the Sacraments.
May we suggest, therefore, that you study without delay, just what form this problem takes amongst the young workers of your country, particularly those who, through Catholic Action, have come to discover the meaning of the Eucharist and who wish to partake of it more frequently.
If you believe that a reduction in the duration of the Eucharistic Fast would be advantageous, we ask that you speak of it to your local Hierarchy, and that you write a letter to the Preparatory Pontifical Commission on the Discipline of the Sacraments.
As a model, we are attaching the text of the request submitted by the YCW of Belgium.
We believe that a reduction in the duration of the Eucharistic Fast would be of benefit to the workers of the world.
Yours fraternally in Christ,
Permanent Committee of the International YCW
Betty Villa Vice-President
Norbert Balle Secretary General
Joseph Cardijn General Chaplain
M. Uylenbroeck Assistant