Eucharistic Ministers

A call to be a Eucharistic Minister a call to serve God and His people through the distribution of Communion (both the Body and Blood of Christ) at our Masses and to bring the Body of Christ to the sick and the homebound.

Training for this ministry is available throughout the year, as needed. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry, please call the Rectory Office at 626-796-0432.

  

Guidelines for Eucharistic Ministers

Revised November 2017

 

Please arrive at the Sacristy at least 10 minutes before Mass begins and sign-in, indicating where you would like to serve. Please be sure to sign up for the cup positions first. Pick up a medallion on the counter near the sink.

As soon as the Sign of Peace begins, please move to your position on either side of the altar. (By refraining from shaking hands, you may not have to sanitize hands.) Please step back from the altar step and form a single line so that the priest can move around the altar.

If you are distributing the cup, please get a purificator from the altar and place it on your arm. Don’t wait for someone to hand it to you.

Ministers of the Hosts: after you have received from the cup, take a ciborium of hosts from the altar and go to your position. There is no need to hurry, but there is also no need to do so as a group. Please attend to those in the front rows who have limited mobility. Remain at your communion station until all have received. When you return to the altar, please hand your ciborium to the priest/minister at the altar who is placing the remaining hosts in a single ciborium for reservation. Return to your seats in the assembly by going through the sacristy (leaving your medallion in the sacristy) and returning to the church by means of the side door. If you are crossing the altar at the bottom of the sanctuary, there is no need to genuflect – a simple bow will do.

Ministers of the Cup: when you are handed the cup, please receive from the cup and then offer it to the others standing by you. Once they have received, please take your position below by the confessional and turn on the light (turning it off when you are finished).

 

After each person receives from the cup, please wipe the cup thoroughly (including inside and outside edge of the rim) using a clean area of the purificator and rotate the cup one-quarter turn. (You may need to unfold the purificator to find a clean area.) Once you have completed distributing the cup, please return the cup to the sink by the sign in sheets. Please remain for a moment to help consume any remaining Precious Blood. After the Precious Blood has been consumed, please pour a little water in the cup and swirl it around and then consume the water. The cups will be thoroughly cleaned after Mass. There is no need to dry the cups until they have been thoroughly cleaned. Place the purificator next to the cup.

 

Leave your medallion in the sacristy. Return to the assembly by the side door (do not walk through the sanctuary). If you are crossing the altar at the bottom of the sanctuary, there is no need to genuflect – a simple bow will do.