Ministry of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Ministry of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

 

     The purpose of the ministry of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion is to distribute Holy Communion during the Celebration of the Eucharist as well as to bring the Blessed Sacrament to parishioners confined to their homes or in the hospital who are unable to attend Mass.

     Extraordinary Ministers are commissioned for service to the members of the Parish and serve only at the discretion and under the direction of the Father.  This service is for a three year period.  This ministry is to be exercised on a regular basis and proper attire is always required.  One may not serve as an Extraordinary Minister and a lector or server at the same time.

     Extraordinary Ministers are seated with the assembly during Mass and approach the altar when the priest receives Communion standing to the side as they wait to receive Communion.  The priest or deacon gives the host to each Extraordinary Minister and then the chalice.  Following the Communion of the Extraordinary Minister, the minister receives the ciborium or chalice from the priest.  The Host is distributed by using the thumb and index finger.  It is held at eye level and you say "The Body of Christ".  The communicant makes a slight bow of his/her head and the Host is placed either in the communicant's hand or on his/her tongue.  The communicant says "Amen".  The Precious Blood is presented to the communicant by the Extraordinary Minister who says "The Blood of Christ".  The communicant says "Amen", takes the chalice and drinks from it.  The minister wipes the lip of the cup with the purificator and turns it slightly before presenting it to the next person.

     A dropped Host is either consumed immediately or held in the hand holding the ciborium.  It can later be completely dissolved in water before being poured down the sacrarium.  Consecrated wine that is spilled is wiped up immediately with a purificator.  The area is them washed and the water poured into the sacrarium.

     After the distribution of communion, the ciborium is returned to the altar.  The ministers may consume what remains of the Precious Blood from their chalice.  The sacred vessels are purified by the priest or deacon.  Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion may not assist in the purification of sacred vessels.

     With the approval of the Father, Extraordinary Ministers may bring Communion to the Sick and Homebound.  The communion is received from the Celebrant after the post communion prayer when the Extraordinary Ministers are sent forth to the sick.  It is placed in a pyx and brought immediately to the communicant.