As a parish, we are grateful to those parishioners who give of their time serving as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Mass Co-ordinators, Lectors, Greeters and Altar Servers.
Remember to find a substitute if you are not going to be available on a scheduled Saturday or Sunday. It is very difficult for the Mass Coordinators to find Lectors and Ministers on very short notice, so please be courteous and try to find a sub.
A NOTE FROM THE SCHEDULE COORDINATOR:
We are in desperate need of Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at the 4:30 mass on Saturday and the 8:00 mass on Sunday. Please consider volunteering to move to one of these masses or offering to serve a few times a quarter at 4:30 or 8:00.
Remember to find a substitute if you are not going to be available on a scheduled Saturday or Sunday. It is very difficult for the Mass Coordinators to find Lectors and Ministers on very short notice, so please be courteous and try to find a sub. Refer to the attached substitute list if you need a replacement.
For those who have volunteered to serve at more than one mass, please remember to check both mass schedules. The schedules are available by clicking the links below.
A NOTE TO EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION FROM FR. TOM
The 8:00 chalice ministers have started what I think is a better way of receiving the chalice than the way we all started out doing things. After the host ministers have received, the chalice ministers come to the altar one by one to receive the chalice from the priest (rather than the priest walking back and forth to them). I think this works great. I just wish I had thought to do this in the first place. So why don’t we say this is the procedure at all the Masses.
When you are handed a ciborium or a chalice, there is no need to say “thank you”. In fact it is preferable that this be a silent exchange.
I know Bishop Lennon asked that after distributing chalices, you bring them to the priest for him to consume. We need to revise this because often, I do not want to consume the quantity of Precious Blood that is brought to me. We have recently reduced the amount of wine we are consecrating but still there is some left. Since the bishop’s main reason for requesting that you return to the priest is that you not self communicate, I have the following suggestions:
1. When you give the chalice to the last person in your line, ask that person to consume what they can. If they do not finish it, and someone else is still distributing the chalice, join them in the hope of someone else finishing it.
2. When you come to the priest, he may indicate that he just cannot finish more than one chalice. If he indicates this, distribute the chalice to other ministers, so that you are not self communicating.
Notice I have tried to replace the word “cup” with “chalice” since this is the language used in the Roman Missal.
Keep trying to get a substitute if you cannot distribute. 4:30 ministers are really stressing the Mass coordinators. Sometimes, the other Masses are hurting too, especially 11:30.
Appearance is important in the Church. I encourage you to always dress like you have come to do something important, that is, to worship God. That way if you need to fill in as a Eucharistic minister, you will be properly dressed.
Thanks for doing what you are doing. It is a great service to the parish and all of the effort you make is deeply appreciated.
Questions, Comments, changes?
Instructions for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Assisting at Mass and Communion to the Sick in the Diocese of Cleveland.
2017 January through April Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Lector Schedule
2017 May through August Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Lector Schedule