Eucharistic Ministers

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EUCHARISTIC MINISTER GUIDELINES

“There is but one body and one Spirit, just as there is one hope given all by your call. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all who is over all, and works through all, and is in all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6)

First and foremost, as baptized believers we are members of the Assembly. This calls for our full, conscious, active participation during the Mass as well as when we are serving as Eucharistic Ministers. Prayer is important and both our interior and exterior disposition is important.

PLEASE mark your calendar when the schedule comes, noting your position, e.g. bread, cups, candles…and read your calendar! Be sure to arrange for substitutes if you are unable to minister for a certain weekend. Contact the facilitator with the name of your sub.

Check off your name on the list in the Liturgical Ministers Room when you arrive (and check in with the facilitator for any special instructions). At 10 minutes before Mass begins, all liturgical ministers will pray together and then take their places in the procession or assembly. You might want to invite a visitor to sit with you during Mass; this helps make visitors feel welcomed.

Facilitators be sure all positions are covered before Mass begins.

During the preparation of the gifts, after the Prayers of the Faithful, the two candle bearers lead the facilitator who carries the collection followed by the Gift Bearers. The two candle bearers place their candles in the stands as the facilitator and the Gift Bearers start up the steps. Then all return to the floor and bow to the altar, then go back down the center aisle.

Distributing Communion:

1. During the Lamb of God, Eucharistic Ministers come to the sanctuary and form two lines behind the Presider’s Chair–Six Cup Ministers in front and Two Bread Ministers behind them.

2. The Facilitator (or another Eucharistic Minister) carries the tray with the communion bowls and purificators from the credence table to the altar and waits for Fr. Steve to place the communion bowls and purificators on altar. Then the Facilitator returns the tray to the credence table. Then the Facilitator should return to the altar to retrieve the large communion bowl and return it to the credence table.

3. After the priest consumes the host—Eucharistic Ministers move into position with cup ministers in front and bread ministers behind them. The priest will give communion to Eucharistic Ministers. The priest will give chalices and communion bowls to Eucharistic Ministers who go to their stations.

4. Ministers of the cup should move as far from the bread ministers as possible to facilitate the procession of the assembly. Use the purificator after each communicant has received from the chalice; turn the chalice after each person has received and use a different part of the purificator to wipe the chalice.

5. After distributing communion to the assembly, chalice ministers return empty chalices to the credence table and chalices with consecrated wine to the altar. Empty communion bowls go to the credence table and communion bowls with consecrated hosts should be taken to the altar. Eucharistic Ministers should assist the priest in clearing the altar, taking consecrated hosts to the tabernacle, etc. Bread ministers should look for special needs, e.g., people who could not move to the distribution line or musicians.

Revised 11/2/2013