Eucharistic Minister

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Twenty-Third Publications, 2001 - Religion - 47 pages
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Ideal for those just beginning their ministry and for ministry veterans to affirm their call to service. Each 48-page booklet offers practical advice, questions for reflection, personal testimonies, simple prayers for either group or individual use, and spiritual enrichment in a format that is clear and easy to use.

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Lay persons cannot be Eucharistic ministers. Lay persons may be Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion only when there is a need. The need is defined in the Canon Law of the Church.
The Ordinary
ministers of the Eucharist are bishops and priests.
The Ordinary ministers of Holy Communion are bishops, priests and deacons.
It is a very big mistake to let lay people distribute Communion except in the case of real necessity.
That necessity is rare.
Now, the EMs, as they are referred to, are a special "Order" in the church, and behave as if their function is permanent
and indelible.
This abuse is well beyond being corrected.
The church has made an enourmous mistake.
I have reverted to the Latin "Tridentine" Mass.
In the Latin Mass there are no altar girls, lectors, Holy Communion given by lay persons.
The Latin shields Holy Mass from all these abuses.
The "new Mass" is just that: it is a theatrical production with a cast of thousands accompanied
by dreadful secular music.


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Distribution of Communion

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About the author (2001)

Gaudette works for the Archdiocese of Boston in the Office for Worship, and has given many workshops on eucharistic ministry.

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