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Eucharistic Minister (I Like Being in Parish Ministry) by Nancy Gaudette

Eucharistic Minister (I Like Being in Parish Ministry)
Title:
Eucharistic Minister (I Like Being in Parish Ministry)
Author:
Nancy Gaudette
ISBN:
158595151X
ISBN13:
978-1585951512
Size fb2:
1790 kb
Size epub:
1861 kb
Publisher:
Twenty Third Pubns (July 1, 2001)
Language:
English
Pages:
48 pages
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Rating:
4.1
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462
Category:
Christian Books & Bibles
Subcategory:
Churches & Church Leadership
  • Auau
This booklet is part of a series of booklets on various lay ministries in the Catholic church; other volumes in the series include:Presider,Deacon,Lector,Stewardship,Catechist,Assembly,Pastoral Council,Music: Directors, Choir, Songleaders, Accompanists,Youth Ministry, and Social Justice.

The author wrote in the Introduction to this 2001 booklet, "I have provided in this book an explanation of the role of the role of eucharistic minister through a ... connected format. I have interwoven the 'dos and don'ts' of eucharistic ministry into a detailed explanation of the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist. My sense is that this format will be easy to understand and will permit eucharistic ministers the opportunity to fully appreciate the Mass, and their role in it both as ministers and as members of the assembly. This book also explores the significance of Sunday in the Christian tradition, the meaning of Sunday Eucharist through a focused look at the communion rite, the practical, theological, and ritual dimensions of eucharistic ministry, and basic parish visitation skills for eucharistic ministers who bring communion to the sick and homebound." (Pg. 6-7)

She explains, "The first appearance of laypeople as liturgical ministers was laymen who were permitted to read the first and second Scripture readings on Sunday. Later, laywomen were also invited to serve as lectors. Prior to the early 1970s, only a bishop, priest, or deacon would administer the Eucharist. In 1973... Pope Paul VI gave permission to each bishop to authorize religious sisters and brothers and laity to administer communion. The ministry of communion was not considered an ordinary ministry for religious and laypeople, however, and so it was referred to as a 'special' or 'extraordinary' ministry, meaning outside the ordinary." (Pg. 14)

She advises, "If you drop or spill the wine, immediately stop distributing from the cup. Quietly excuse yourself from your station. If the communicant caused the accident, take care to reassure him or her before leaving your station that everything is all right. Accidents happen!... Don't panic and draw attention to you or, more importantly, to the person involved in the accident. If the spill is small, your purificator may cover it. If not, go directly to the sacristy for a large towel, cloth, or other purificator. Soak up the wine as well as you can, and then place a clean towel over the place. Resume distributing the cup at a location away from the spill. Leave the spot covered until after Mass." (Pg. 38)

The entire series of booklets will be very helpful to anyone taking on---or thinking of taking on---such a ministry.
  • Foginn
I only watch my trainer do everything I am still in training. When I can give out Holy Communion I will be able to tell you how much I like it.
  • Adaly
The proper term, which is "Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion" (EMHC)
Only an ordained priest can be properly called a "Eucharistic Minister".
Otherwise, thanks to Nancy for sharing her experience.

See the Vatican document "Redemptionis Sacramentum", sections 154, “the only minister who can confect the Sacrament of the Eucharist in persona Christi is a validly ordained Priest”. Hence the name “minister of the Eucharist” belongs properly to the Priest alone." See RS 156 for the proper title, and why other mistaken titles are overreaching.