Ministry of EUCHARISIC MINISTER -- Guidelines
Fr. Tom Peyton, Pastor of St. Michael's Catholic Church - Tybee Island, GA
October 7, 2014 - revised
Thank You for being a Eucharistic Minister.
"Feed my lambs, Feed my sheep!"
A few thoughts to keep us all on the same page:
• Be "faithful" and on time for the HONOR you have been delegated.
• PLEASE do not change your "assigned" week unless you call the Office and notify your coordinator so that we do not have confusion as to who is to be present at a given Mass.
• Arrive 10 minutes before Mass and let the Priest (Visiting Priest) know you are present - introduce yourself to him and be welcoming.
• Approach the Sanctuary AT THE BEGINNING of "the Lamb of God"; stand at the altar rail - right and left. Come to the Altar for Communion after the priest has received from the chalice.
• Stand at your placement and offer the host to the person saying: "the Body of Christ" - give the host in the hands raised or on the tongue.
• Those children or adults coming to you with their arms crossed, LAY YOUR HAND ON THEIR HEAD. You may say to them "God bless you".
• Offer the cup to the person saying: "the Blood of Christ" - present them with the cup and wipe the rim of the cup after each person and turn the cup slightly.
• People are NOT supposed to dip the host into the cup.
• After Communion, the EM brings the ciborium to the altar and the cup to the credence table.
• Bow slightly to the altar and return to your pew after the Tabernacle door is shut.
• Purification of ciborium/chalice/paten/ cups is done after Mass in the Sacristy.
• Purification: Pour water into the ciborium, cup, and chalice, drink the water or pour it into the Sacrarium; then wash the ciborium, chalice/cups/paten and cups with mild soap and hot water. Dry with paper towels. Place used purificators and other linens in white basket.
• SACRARIUM - what is it for?
• IF you notice that there are not enough EM's for distribution of Communion proceed to the Altar reverently.
• IF a deacon or con-celebrating priest(s) are present, the EM's should not approach the altar. This would be known if you came to the Sacristy before Mass.
This is not a "stringent" set of guidelines. As in ordinary life, flexibility is needed and sometimes common sense. Reverence is always a given! These guidelines will be discussed at the next Workshop for new EM's to be on Tuesday evening, October 7, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. in the Church. These guidelines were compiled from previous guidelines used here at St. Michael's Church.
Thank You to the "new" EM's who will be placed on the schedule. I will have
your document of "Delegation" from Bishop Hartmayer at the Workshop. The
Bishop chooses to have the letter of delegation renewed every three years. If
you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to call me.
• I did not mention a dress code; it goes along with Reverence.
• Sometimes the STAFF forgets to assign EM's for Holy Days, but we are working on that issue.
• Christmas & the Holy Triduum & Easter WILL HAVE SPECIAL SCHEDULES due to the significance of these Feasts; and, also to accommodate Holiday Travel and Family Vacations.
These guidelines will not self-destruct after you read them. Keep them in a safe place in your home. Be informed and attentive to what is needed at the Altar before Communion at any given Mass you attend. There will be a "Copy" of these guidelines on the Sacristy bulletin board.
Again, THANK YOU in the name of the parish for your Ministry.
Fr. Tom Peyton