Eucharistic Ministers are called upon to serve St. Mary’s Parish in two ways: first, they are assigned to assist the celebrant with the distribution of the Eucharist at liturgy according to a rotating schedule. Second, those who indicate their willingness, are asked to bring the Eucharist to the homebound upon request.
Please observe the following:
- Arrive at St. Mary’s 15 minutes prior to Mass and proceed to the rear vestibule to greet our parishioners.
- Dress appropriately for your service on the altar. Attire should be modest and professional, reflecting the spiritual nature of the ministry.
- There should be three Eucharistic Ministers for all Sunday Masses. If a second priest is con-celebrating or a Deacon is assisting at Mass, the three of you need to decide who will sit for the Mass as the Deacon always distributes Communion.
- The Eucharistic Ministers should process to the altar behind the Altar Servers before and after Mass.
- Eucharistic Ministers approach the altar at the beginning of the recitation of the “Lamb of God.” Proceed directly to the credence table at the left rear of the sanctuary where the hand sanitizer is available before taking your position to receive the Eucharist.
- Attempt to obtain a substitute and notify one of your partners if you are unable to be present when assigned.
- Whenever you know in advance that you will be unavailable to serve during the next schedule due to travel, injury, vacation, etc., if possible, please keep Louise Kelter informed by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone, and the schedule will be adjusted.
New Eucharistic Ministers are recruited annually during the season of Lent. Candidates wishing to serve in this capacity must be confirmed, practicing Catholics. Training and schedules are provided. Those interested are invited to fill out a designated form and return it to the Rectory or in the Sunday collection basket.
For more information or for a form, please call the Rectory at 508-543-7726.