Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

In every celebration of the Eucharist, there should be a sufficient number of ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner. Bishops, priests and deacons distribute Holy Communion in virtue of their office as ordinary ministers of the Body and Blood of the Lord. For large parishes such as ours, since we do not always have enough ordinary ministers, we require extraordinary ministers to assist at Mass. 

Extraordinary ministers also bring Holy Communion to the home-bound and those in nursing homes. Usually the priest sends the ministers before the final blessing of the 9 am Mass. This is an extremely important and moving part of this ministry. All extraordinary ministers are called to visit the sick and shut-ins unless they are unable to do so for personal reasons.

Parishioners interested in serving in this ministry should contact Father Sean at 908-874-8220.

Information for Existing Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Mary, Mother of God Ministry Schedule for EMs, Readers and Altar Servers.

Password Protected Ministry Homepage (requires username and password)

Mary, Mother of God Instructions for Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
Mary, Mother of God Instructions for the Sacristan

The Diocesan wesite also contains a couple of guidelines documents that are useful for EMs:
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy communion Guidelines Document (Spanish Version)
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Guidelines for Bringing Communion to the Sick Document




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February 2015 INFO ALERT:

  3) SHORT HIGHLIGHTS of our Morning of Reflection

1) It was brought to my attention that some Sacristans may be purifying vessels incorrectly.

>>> FIRST, EMs should NOT be purifying vessels 
        unless there is no Priest, Deacon, or Instituted 
        Acolyte available or able to do this

>>> If it happens that, as an EM, you need to purify 
        any vessel, you should:

- pour water into the vessel

- swirl the water carefully to pick up all particles of the Host or Precious Blood


- pour in more water and repeat the process until you are sure there are no more particles of the Host or Precious Blood remaining in the vessel

- dry the vessel with a purificator

>>>  the ONLY time any particle of Host or Precious 
         Blood is put into the sacrarium is if it is NOT 
         CONSUMABLE for some reason.   i.e. it was spit 
         out, stepped on by mistake, the Precious Blood 
         spilled on the floor, or something like that.

>>> Every particle of the Host or Precious Blood should 
        be consumed.  

- For this reason, when finished distributing the Precious Blood, DO NOT push the purificator down into the cup, just lay it over the top so that during purification, any remaining drops may be consumed.

2) When entering or leaving the Sanctuary, do not cross in front of the Tabernacle or Altar, do not go up or down the front steps
>>> enter and leave the Sanctuary using the side steps 
        by the Ambo
>>> if you find it difficult to get to and from the Choir side 
        of the church using the side steps, you may cross to 
        that side by going behind the tabernacle where the 
        credence table is

3) Highlights from our Morning of Reflection
>>> At our baptism, we were all marked with oil as a sign 
        we are consecrated to God and anointed by the 
        Holy Spirit

>>> By our Baptism, we are called to join in Christ's 
        mission as priest, prophet and king

- As priest, we are called to be people of prayer
- Serving as EMs at Mass, the highest prayer, we are called to show our reverence and respect by how we dress, how we behave, how focused we are on Jesus in the Eucharist.

- As prophet, we are called to challenge and console others
- Serving as EMs, we are called to live Holy lives, frequent the sacraments and challenge others to do the same.   

- As king, we are called to support and steer others
- Serving as EMs, we are called to lead others to holiness.  Our actions should point others to Christ in the Eucharist.  We lead by example.  Preach the Gospel, and if necessary use words (St. Francis of Assisi).

>>>  We know we are answering our Baptismal call as we 
         strive for the following:

God looks down on us from His throne in heaven.
He sees us.
He sees we are serving Him.
He sees us serving as a Minister of the Eucharist.
He sees how we look.
He sees how we act.
He sees how reverent we are. 
He sees us in prayer.
He sees how much we love Him.
And he says  "It is good".

May God always look upon you with great love and mercy, and say "it is good".

January 2015 INFO ALERT:


1) We are changing the way that we handle the gluten freeThere is a pyx in the vesting sacristy, along with gluten free hosts.  They are in the cabinet to the right of the sink.  The cabinet is marked.
When a parisioner requests a gluten free host, put it into the pyx and put the pyx, closed, on the gift table. At the 9AM Mass, BE CAREFUL NOT TO PUT IT ON THE PYX TRAY, OR FATHER MAY NOT REALIZE IT IS NEEDED FOR THAT MASS!!!

Make sure the ushers know that it needs to be brought down.

After Mass, make sure the pyx gets purified and put back into the vesting sacristy.  We are trying to also keep a spare pyx in the vesting sacristy in case the usual pyx was inadvertently left in the working sacristy.

2) Our plan after distribution of communion, is to have EMs wait at the bottom of the steps by the pillar until all EMs are done, then head to the center aisle, bow together, and return to your seats.   This is already happening at many of the Masses, so this may not be a change for you.  It is just being brought up to make sure the procedure is the same for all Masses.