Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion
In every celebration of the Eucharist, there should be a sufficient number of ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner. Bishops, Priests and Deacons distribute Holy Communion in virtue of their office as Ordinary Ministers of the Body and Blood of the Lord. For large parishes such as ours, since we do not always have enough Ordinary Ministers, we require Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMs) to assist at Mass.
Extraordinary Ministers also bring Holy Communion to the home-bound and those in nursing homes. Usually the Priest sends the ministers before the final blessing at the 9:00 am Mass. This is an extremely important and moving part of this ministry. All Extraordinary Ministers are called to visit the sick and shut-ins unless they are unable to do so for personal reasons.
Parishioners interested in serving in this ministry should contact Father John at 908-874-8220.
Information for Existing Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Mary, Mother of God Ministry Schedule for Extraordinary Ministers, Readers and Altar Servers.
Password Protected Ministry Homepage (requires username and password)
The complete instruction guide for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion can be found on the password protected ministry website.
Mary, Mother of God Instructions for the Sacristan
Mary, Mother of God Communion to the Homebound Guide
The Diocesan website also contains a couple of guidelines documents that are useful for EMs:
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Guidelines Document (Spanish Version)
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Guidelines for Bringing Communion to the Sick Document
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1) Section 2 - Terminology
a. Lavabo Bowl is the proper name for the Finger Bowl
b. Offertory Table is the proper name for the Gift Table
2) Section 3 - Scheduling
a. Replacements will be found for ministers not present 5 minutes prior to Mass
3) Section 6 - Sacristan
a. The safe
b. Gluten-free Hosts
c. Preferred chalice for each Priest
d. Setup chalice - 3 corporals
e. Pyx setup - closed but not latched
4) Section 7 - Start of Mass Checklist
a. Sanctuary section, note there are extra candles to consider
5) Section 8 - Mass
a. Entrance Procession - before the Altar, bow, then go straight to your seat
b. Where to stand prior to and following distribution of Holy Communion
c. Do not add extra words (not new, just a reminder)
d. Where to consume remaining Precious Blood
e. Use the ablution cup if needed
6) Section 9 - Sacristan Cleanup After Mass
a. Gently wash vessels after Mass