Guidelines for Eucharistic Ministers
Please dress appropriately.
Come to the Altar immediately after the Priest has consumed the Precious Blood.
When all Ministers are present, bow and proceed to the appropriate place. If there is a need to cross the altar to go to the other side, please stop in the middle for the bow as a sign of reverence.
Using the sanitizer just inside the Sacristy or on the credence table is encouraged.
Assignments are relative to the Priest's right and left.
When offering the Precious Blood: Cup 1 minister and Ciborium minister will stand to the priest's right, with the cup 1 minister closest to the congregation. Cup 2 minister and choir minister will stand to the priest's left, with the cup 2 minister closest to the congregation.
When not offering the Precious Blood: ciborium minister will stand to the priest's right. Choir minister will stand to the priest's left.
Lay Ministers cannot give a blessing within a liturgical content. Lay ministers will say "receive Jesus in your heart" without making a hand gesture of a blessing for all those who do not receive communion and/or may be expecting a blessing. Father will inform the congregation from time to time to proceed in the priest or deacon’s communion line if a “blessing” is desired.
If a deacon is present, he will take the place of one cup minister. If an additional priest is present, he will take the place of one host minister. If we are not offering the Precious Blood, he will take the place of the ciborium minister.
Choir host ministers will proceed down the side aisle to go to the choir loft, then come back down the center aisle after the last congregant. The people at the back of the church (elderly and disabled) should be told to wait until the choir is served.
If we are offering the Precious Blood, the cup ministers will not consume the Precious Blood remaining in the cup. Place it on the corporal and place the purificator on top, whether it is empty or not.
The vessels containing the host, the ciborium and pyx, are placed on the corporal.
The host ministers will go to the altar at the back and wash the fingers on the hand that touched the host.
When all ministers have returned to the altar, all should go to the bottom of the steps, turn to face the altar and bow. Then return to their seat.
It is the responsibility of the Eucharistic Ministers to remove all vessels from the credence table, wash the vessels and return them to the cabinet, which is then locked and the key secured.
It's important to call a sub if you are unable to serve when scheduled.
Guidelines for Ministers of Hospitality
“Love your fellow Christians always. Do not neglect to show hospitality, for by that means some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:1-2
The gift of hospitality is at the heart of the Christian faith. It is the supernatural gift to provide an open home and warm welcome, like the patriarch Abraham did for his three angelic guests. Hospitality provides the context for developing Christian community. Hospitality was one of the criteria for leadership in the church (1 Tm 3:2).
If possible, arrive 20 minutes early.
People enjoy a kind smile and a warm greeting.
Examples of greetings:
So nice to see you *person’s name*
So good that you are here, *person’s name*
Those praying in the church would be most appreciative if Ministers of Hospitality greet others in a low voice.
It is recommended that Ministers of Hospitality refrain from initiating conversations. If charity demands a conversation, speak in a low voice and if possible move the conversation outside the nave of the church.
It is good to learn peoples’ names
Introducing visitors to the priest after Mass can be very welcoming.
Thank you for dressing modestly. Please avoid deep V-neck shirts, sleeveless shirts, shorts, and short skirts.
If possible, maintain the position assigned to you.
All doors will have Ministers of Hospitality stationed at them before and after Holy Mass.
It is good to have layers of hospitality, ministers stationed inside and outside the doors of the church.
Thank you for embracing the value of hospitality by becoming part of the hospitality team. “I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Mt 25:35).”
Please contact the parish office if you have any questions or scheduling changes for this ministry.