Extraordinary Ministers, Sacristans, Lectors, Ushers
Reminders from Fr. Michael:
- Ministers of the Cup: Please stand at the foot of the altar, facing away from the host line and more toward the aisle people use to return to their seats. Be sure to wipe the lip of the cup with the purificator after each person, and turn it about a quarter turn each time.
- Ministers of the Host: Always be sure you see the communicant put the host in their mouth if you put it in their hand. It’s okay to gently prevent him or her from walking away from you with the host still in the hand(s) and then asking the person to consume it in your presence. This is especially true for young people.
- Please reference this document for the proper way to distribute communion, and the proper procedure for those in line who are not receiving communion. Please remember to not touch people, especially children. Please use a simple spoken blessing and hand gesture as shown in this document: "HOW TO DISTRIBUTE COMMUNION."
- After Mass, EMs are asked to join the 'cleaning crew' in the working sacristy behind the altar. The priest (or deacon) does a first purification of the chalice and cups right after Communion. Take them to the sacristy with care; please don't try to carry more than two at a time. The EMs are asked to wash the chalice and cups using a very small amount of soap, especially around the rim. Fingers are a great tool; no sponges or anything that can scratch. Dry thoroughly, and then set up for the next Mass.