The Eucharistic Ministry - Could It Be Your Calling?



The Instruction on Christian Worship (November 1970) reminds priests that they should take care to ensure that sick and aged people are given the opportunity to frequently receive Holy Communion, even daily, especially in Paschal time.


Apart from the fact that, more than any others, these people need the help of the Holy Eucharist, they also need to know that they are not neglected by the Christian community. They need to feel that they are being sustained in their trials by the love of their brethren.



In many dioceses, therefore, the practice of the early Church has been restored. The bishops permit monks or nuns, and the faithful men or women, duly commissioned Eucharistic Ministers, to take the Blessed Sacrament to those who are unable to attend Mass.



These assistants do not replace the priest in his care of the sick and the aged, but enable Holy Communion to be given more frequently than would otherwise be possible. They also assure a closer link between the priest and the people by keeping him up to date with the spiritual needs of those whom they visit.



Currently, here at St. Jude’s, there are more than twenty Eucharistic Ministers who assist our Parish Priest in administering Holy Communion at Mass. This might seem a reasonable number, but, unfortunately, not all of them are able to visit the housebound. In fact, more lay ministers are urgently needed to ensure that the sick and housebound among our Parish Family receive the Blessed Sacrament on a regular basis. At the time of writing, there are eighty-one parishioners on the Parish ‘sick list’ who are unable to attend Mass!



If you think you would like to serve as a Eucharistic Minister, or if you know of any suitable candidate, please contact Father MacNally or Deacon Bob Smith.