Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Guidelines
the People of God and the ministers of the altar must, therefore, be
unlike any other educational endeavor. Liturgical formation "must above
all be spiritual," though a familiarity with the rites and patterns of
the prayer of the Mass is essential. Good liturgy is the product not so
much of a well-known rubric as much as a well-trained
heart.(Introduction to the Order of Mass)
In this ministry,
you must be examples of Christian living in faith and conduct; you must
strive to grow in holiness through this sacrament of unity and love.
Remember that, though many, we are one body because we share the one
bread and one cup. As ministers of Holy Communion be, therefore,
especially observant of the Lord’s command to love your neighbor. For
when he gave his body as food to his disciples, he said to them: “This
is my commandment, that you should love one another as I have loved
you.” (Book of Blessings # 1875)
Ministers of Holy Communion are
scheduled for weekend Masses by Dave Tully, Coordinator of Liturgical
Ministries. Scheduling of Mass times, how often per month, etc., is at
the discretion of the lay minister. The schedule is prepared and sent
as a group email monthly. Each minister is then responsible to one
another for your scheduled times of service. Arrive for your Mass time
ready to serve the parish community.
- Each minister is
responsible to inform Dave when you
will NOT be available during a given month. You will be asked via group
email, near the 15th of each month concerning unavailability for
- A monthly schedule
is emailed to all ministers. If
you are unable to serve on a day you are scheduled, it is your
responsibility to find a substitute to take your place. Please do not
call Dave Tully or the parish office expecting them to find a
substitute for you.
is expected for all ministers at all times. You are asked to be neat
and presentable when carrying out your important ministry. It would be
advisable to come to church ready to serve whether you are scheduled or
Men are encouraged,
but not required, to wear ties. A nice sport shirt, sport coat, suit,
sweater, etc. and dress slacks are fine.
are encouraged to dress neatly. Do not wear anything that is
distracting or inappropriate in church. Clothing that is low cut,
showing the midriff, too short or bares the shoulders or back is not
appropriate dress for women in church at any time.
attire is anything that is attention grabbing. This would
include revealing clothing, shirts with printing on them, or flashy
earrings. At no time is ANY denim acceptable.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who are scheduled for Mass
should check in with Sacristan, Dave Tully before Mass begins. Please
do this at least 10-15
minutes before Mass begins.
- After the “Sign of Peace” the
of Holy Communion approach the sanctuary.
(plus the Presider) will distribute the Body of Christ
Extraordinary Ministers will distribute the
Blood of Christ
- The ministers distributing the Body of
should stand on the right (south) side of the Altar. The ministers who
will be distributing the Blood of Christ (cup) should stand on the left
(north) side of the Altar.
- The Presider will raise the host and say,
Lamb of God….” All remain standing as they say, “Lord, I am not
- After the Presider has received the Body
and Blood of
Christ, he will distribute the same to all ministers, first on the
north side of the sanctuary. This will include the Altar Servers, and
cup ministers. The Presider first distributes the Body of Christ on the
north side. Then he goes back to the Altar and picks up the cups with
the Blood of Christ, along with the purificators, and hands them to
each cup minister. After the Presider has given the minister the cup
and purificator, they may consume if they wish.
- The Presider will then serve the Body of
the bread ministers on the south side. The first cup minister will go
the south side of the altar to share the Blood of Christ to the other
ministers, cantors, etc.
- When all the Ministers have received
priest will hand ciboria to each of the bread ministers. All
Eucharistic Ministers now go to their distribution places:
- One lay bread
minister stands directly in front
of the Altar in the
center aisle next to the Presider. The other bread minister distributes
the Body of Christ to any persons of special need in the nave of the
church, then goes up to the choir loft to distribute to people in the
pews, choir members, instrumentalists, etc. The pyx on the organ is for
the organist to receive Holy Communion.
- Four (4)
ministers distribute the Blood of
Christ. Two cup ministers
stand at each end of the communion rail (in front of the confessional)
with their backs to the wall, and the side of their foot slightly
touching the bottom step in front of the communion rail. The other two
cup ministers stand in front of the first pew -- at the halfway point
of the length of the pew.
- Cup ministers -- Please be aware of the
persons of special need sitting in the front pew. Communion should be
brought to the pew for these people.
- As people come forward to receive
Communion, look the
person in the eye, raise the host or cup and say only the
four words, “The Body of Christ” or “The Blood of Christ.” Do not use
people’s names or alter this formula.
- For those distributing the Blood of
Christ: After the
communicant hands the cup back to you, wipe both sides of the rim with
the purificator and turn the cup slightly before offering it to the
- When all Eucharistic Ministers are
distributing Communion: Those who have distributed the Body of Christ
place their ciborium on the right (south) side of the Altar. Those who
have distributed the Blood of Christ take their cup and purificator
into the south sacristy to the counter next to the sink. If you are
able to do so, please consume the remaining Blood of Christ and place
the cup next to the sink. If you cannot consume the remaining Blood of
Christ, please leave the cup next to the sink with the purificator
covering it. Return to your place in the assembly.
you, as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, happen to be Lector
#2, exit the sanctuary, go into the south sacristy and proceed to the
North sacristy via the back tunnel. Stand inside the North sacristy and
wait for the Presider to sit down. Then proceed to the ambo for reading
of the announcements. After reading the announcements, return to your
place in the assembly.
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