Tag Archives: EMHC

ASK FATHER: Are Extraordinary Ministers of Communion against the law?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
The Congregation for the Clergy’s 1997 “ON CERTAIN QUESTIONS REGARDING THE COLLABORATION OF THE NON-ORDAINED FAITHFUL IN THE SACRED MINISTRY OF PRIEST” [HERE] says that “the habitual use of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion at Mass thus arbitrarily … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Communion for person just spotted drinking (probably) coffee

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I’m an EMHC [Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion] in our Parish. At yesterday’s Mass, I was sitting a pew or two behind a woman who was chugging what I can only assume was a coffee beverage throughout Mass … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Spilling the Precious Blood

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QUAERITUR:
What should one do if the chalice containing the precious blood is dropped as it is passed to the communicant.
I hope that this is theoretical, only. As a seminarian I once saw this happen and people just blithely … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Sister goes shopping while carrying the Eucharist to the sick. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

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I work at a religious supply store and yesterday a local religious sister came in and asked to be shown our selection of pyxes. I led her to the cabinet where they are kept and indicated that some … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can divorced, remarried without “annulment” be Extraordinary Ministers of Communion?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Can divorced/remarried laity, without decree of nullity, become Special Ministers of Communion?
The short answer is “No!”
The longer answer is “Noooooooo!”

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ASK FATHER: More people go to Father than to the EMHCs

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Quaeritur:
Father usually has 10-15 people waiting in his line for Holy Communion while there is no one left for the two EMHCs to do but stand and wait.
The priest then waves away (nicely) those waiting to receive from his hands, indicating … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Am I being selfish for not reading at Mass?

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I am newly back to the Church (just over a year) and attend daily mass frequently (NO). [Great!] I have been approached twice now asking to either regularly do the readings or help out as a Eucharistic Minister. … Continue reading

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Mass in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite… right.

From a reader:
This evening, I attended mass in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. The mass was at ___.
Several things were different than what one experiences at most masses in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. 1.) Mass … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Extraordinary Ministers of Communion giving blessings as if they were priests

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I talked to our parish Director of Liturgy today about our 12 (!) Eucharistic Ministers who routinely bless children and adults. She informed me that this has been approved by our bishop, and then berated me for my … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Should EMHCs cleanse their fingers after distribution of Communion?

From a reader:
If EMHC are used should they cleanse their fingers of Eucharistic particles after communion?
Of course they should!
Let an ablution cup or bowl be set somewhere, in advance, so that they can purify their fingers.
The fewer Extraordinary Ministers of … Continue reading

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