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Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

 
“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said,
“Take and eat; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying,
“Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant,
which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.“
Matthew 26: 26-28

 

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion have the privilege of bringing the Body and Blood of Jesus to the faithful members of the assembly. The model of the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is one of a servant of God, ministering to the parish as the Body of Christ and following the example of the Apostles who fed the five thousand.

Those who assist the presider in the distribution of Holy Communion bring to their service a deep faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist, a prayerful heart, a reverence for those who are gathered, and an attitude of love. It is a grace-filled opportunity to minister to the Saint Andrew’s community.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the priests at all weekday and weekend Masses, on Holy Days, and distribute the Eucharist to those who are homebound or in local nursing homes and hospitals.

Please contact Father Dan Leary if you feel called to this ministry.

 

Training

Father Dan Leary provides training at Saint Andrew’s for all Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion that serve the parish. Participation in additional training offered by the Archdiocese of Washington is encouraged.

Upcoming Workshops offered by the Archdiocese of Washington may be found here

Schedule

Each Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC) is expected to serve at least two Masses each month. Sunday and Holy Day self-scheduling is conducted through Signup Genius. Daily Mass ministers are regular weekly commitments. Contact Lisa Longacre at lisalongacre@yahoo.com for more information.

 

Resources

Guidelines for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (Archdiocese of Washington)

Redemptionis Sacramentum (Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacrament, Vatican)

 

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 The Feeding of the Five Thousand
by Jacopo Bassano (1510-1592)


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