During the week we had a meeting of the Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. They truly are extraordinary! Their dedication to the divine Liturgy and their availability to serve the community at Mass and the sick/housebound in their homes is a sign of great religious maturity.
Some points emerged from the meeting which I think worth sharing.
We have 37 Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. When one of the ministers is unable to honour an appointment or unable to continue to minister, it is helpful to inform the co-ordinator (Cora-Mae) so that alternative arrangements can be put in place.
- The ministers themselves request that after Mass people be sensitive to the fact that they are carrying the Blessed Sacrament and so are not free to hold long conversations outside the church.
- Intinction, while a recognized option for receiving Holy Communion under both kinds, is not practiced in this parish. In any case self-intinction by the communicant is expressly forbidden everywhere.
- Our practice in this parish is that people are free to receive the Sacred Host standing or kneeling; but reception of the Precious Blood is received standing.
- The only words spoken during Communion are: BODY OF CHRIST and the responseAMEN.; BLOOD OF CHRIST and the response AMEN. No other words are used.
- Extraordinary ministers may bless those who are not receiving
Holy Communion but come up for a blessing.
We all owe a great debt of gratitude to our Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist who enhance our Celebrations and care for our sick.
Fr Sean Wales, C.Ss.R.