Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion The extraordinary Eucharistic minister assists the priest in administering the body and precious blood of Christ at weekend liturgies, on Holy Days, and during special liturgies. Extraordinary Eucharistic ministers should arrive 15 minutes before the start time of the Mass to set up items necessary for the celebration of the Mass and participate in prayer with other ministers of the day’s service. An extraordinary Eucharistic minister shall have received the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation. In addition, the person shall be recommended by the parish pastor or administrator to the bishop. The bishop approves then must approve the recommendation. The person if approved by the bishop is commissioned to support the parish for three years. Homebound Ministry Homebound ministry enables elderly and ill parishioners to receive Holy Communion on a weekly basis. Reader A reader carries the Gospel book to the altar during the procession at beginning of the Mass. In addition, the reader orates the first two readings and psalm (if no cantor) to the seated parish community. The reader will also do the intercession prayers if a deacon is not assisting the priest during the Mass. The time commitment for this ministry includes a brief training session as well as preparation time at home before reading. Reader workbooks are provided to help you with your preparation. Time for this preparation varies according to a person’s experience, but even an experienced reader should spend no less than an hour in prayerful preparation for this important ministry. Readers should arrive 15 minutes before the celebration of Mass to check the lectionary and participate in prayer with other ministers of the day’s service. Usher Ushers greet parishioners at the door of the church. They assist in seating parishioners, maintain order during services, take up the offertory collection/second collection, enlist parishioners to carry gifts to the altar, assist in directing parishioners to receive Holy Communion, and bulletin distribution. Altar Server Altar servers are an important part in the celebration of the Mass. They assist the priest by holding the prayer book, supporting water and towel for priest to wash his hands and handing the priest the items he needs during the Mass.
St. Mary Mother of the Church Catholic Parish
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