The Eucharist is Jesus who gives himself entirely to us, feeding on Him and abiding in Him through Eucharistic communion – if we do so in faith – transforms our lives into a gift to God and to our brothers and sisters.
Since Vatican II, lay members of the church are asked to serve the body and blood of Jesus to Parishioners attending Mass and the homebound, infirm, and incarcerated.
Parishioners assist with the distribution of the Eucharist (Body and Blood) at weekday, weekend, and Holy Day Masses. You must be 18 years of age, have received the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church, and must be recognized by the Church if married. Training is ongoing.
ATTENTION ALL EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
As we respond to the current impact of the COVID-19 variants in the Commonwealth, Bishop Gainer asks all parishes to make the following adjustments to liturgical protocol until further notice:
• Masks are to be worn for the distribution of Holy Communion by all priests, deacons, and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion during the celebration of Holy Mass and outside the celebration of Holy Mass. This includes visits to the sick and homebound and applies even to those who are vaccinated.
• All those distributing Holy Communion are to sanitize their hands prior to the distribution. It is not necessary to sanitize during the distribution of Holy Communion unless there has been contact with the recipient. It is not necessary to sanitize hands after every person who receives Holy Communion on the tongue.
These protocol are in place to ensure the safety of our parish communities and to prevent the need for further measures that would constrain public worship within the Diocese of Harrisburg. Thank you for your attention to these measures.
In His Heart,
It will be more important now, that if you cannot serve the Mass you are scheduled for, to reach out and get another team to sub for you. PLEASE let Father know you are there and ready to serve so that he is not wondering.
A COUPLE OF NOTES:
• When you are done with your aisle and if Father is still giving communion, check the cafeteria for any parishioners who may not be able to come down front for communion. Then, return your Ciborium to the Altar, sanitize your hands, and return to your seat