Coordinators: Susan and Clarence Hightower (936) 435-0221 (713) 301-5426
Hispanic Contact(s): Maria Delgado-Tovar (936) 438-1161
Imelda Isaias (936) 295-4732 (936) 355-2576 Adlemi_55@yahoo.com
Under the Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church the Ordinary minister, the
“normal” or “regular” Minister of Holy Communion, is the ordained bishop, priest, or
deacon. The ExtraOrdinary minister is an “acolyte, or another of Christ’s faithful
deputed” to distribute Holy Communion when distribution solely by the Ordinary
ministers would unduly delay the celebration of the Holy Mass.
Our mission is to assist the celebrant in sharing the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus
Christ in a respectful, reverent and dignified manner that enhances the
communicant’s spiritual experience. We also help to distribute Holy Communion
remotely to “shut-ins”.
Specific Roles & Responsibilities:
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- Prepare yourself before every Mass with a moment of quiet, reflective prayerseeking Our Lord’s help and guidance in fulfilling your responsibilities.
- Dress Appropriately
- Secure a substitute in advance whenever you cannot assist at the mass for whichyou are scheduled.
- Be ready to assist even when you are not scheduled.
- Be dignified in your behavior at all times.
- Be friendly in your demeanor towards all in the congregation before, during, andafter the celebration of the mass
- Communicate with those of other ministries particularly the Hospitalityministers so that you may be informed of any special needs of communicants.See Hospitality section for procedure for delivering Communion to persons inthe back who can’t come forward.
- Recognize and respect how each communicant wishes to receive communion,either in the hand or on the tongue.
- At the end of ‘Sign of Peace’, make your way to the front of the right side of thechurch and wait for Father to finish the consecration before going up on thealtar.
- Remain calm if there is a mishap, accidents happen: spills/drops or acommunicant “chokes” or is in distress. First assist the communicant to assurethey are helped in any way necessary and then pick up/wash area. If a host orany particle should fall, it is to be picked up reverently. If any of the PreciousBlood is spilled, the area where the spill occurred should be dried with apurificator and washed with water after the Mass has concluded.A dropped host should be picked up immediately, both out of respect for theLord and lest it be trampled by unwary communicants.
- If the host remains clean, then either the minister or the communicant shouldconsume it directly. Consult the priest for a seriously soiled dropped host.
- With respect to the presence of Christ, most theologians would hold that,although the host externally remains intact for several days, the real presencewould cease as soon as the host is fully soaked with water as from that momentthe species is no longer exclusively that of bread. It is necessary to wait for thehost to dissolve, out of respect for what once contained the presence of Christand in order to avoid any danger or appearance of a host being discarded orprofaned.
- In the event of an “accident” during communion, remain unflappable so as toreassure the communicant and the congregation.
Approximately 32 members overall.