Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Formation: Living a Eucharistic Life

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Formation workshop 4 for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion continuing in their ministry at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Wentworthville

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  • Discussion questions (from BOBOSC discussion material):
    ..What are the implications here for me as an individual and for us as the People of God – our local parish community?
    ..How can I/we further explore the possibilities and opportunities opened up here?
  • Don’t hesitate in coming forward
    Don’t wait for the priest if he wanders
  • Stand back – let priest and servers to their job
  • Assistance is needed in the sacristy after Mass – especially for consuming remaining wine
  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Formation: Living a Eucharistic Life

    1. 1. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Formation Workshop
    2. 2. Today We Will – Review the parish vision and implementation strategies – Reflect on the presence of Christ in the Mass and how it shapes us to live and grow in our faith as disciples – Review Mass procedures
    3. 3. The Body of Christ The Blood of Christ Amen
    4. 4. What is the Body of Christ?
    5. 5. Prayer of St Teresa of Avila Carmelite Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours, yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion is to look out to the earth, yours are the feet by which He is to go about doing good and yours are the hands by which He is to bless us now.
    6. 6. Being the Body of Christ
    7. 7. Being the Body of ChristWould you understand the body of Christ? Hear the Apostle saying to the faithful: ‘You are the body and members of Christ.’ If, then, you are Christ’s body and his members, it is your own mystery which you receive. It is to what you are that you reply ‘Amen,’ and by replying subscribe. For you are told, ‘The Body of Christ,’ and you reply, ‘Amen.’ Be a member of the body of Christ and let your ‘Amen’ be true. St Augustine
    8. 8. Living A Eucharistic Life
    9. 9. What is the Body of Christ? – How do we share the Body of Christ with others: - Within the liturgy? - Beyond the liturgy? – What does saying “Amen” really mean?
    10. 10. The Body of Christ The Blood of Christ Amen
    11. 11. Ministering Communion at Mass
    12. 12. The Rite of Peace – Ministers participate in the rite - This is the ritual focus - Part of the assembly - Model participation – Ministers move once they have shared a sign of peace with those around them
    13. 13. The Fraction – Ministers of Communion stand back in the sanctuary – The focus is on the Priest breaking bread at the altar – Ministers approach the altar once the priest receives communion
    14. 14. The Distribution of Communion – Maintain a sense of reverence – Convey a sense of warmth and welcome – Take note of those requiring assistance
    15. 15. After Communion – Vessels are returned to the credence table - Remaining hosts returned to altar first – Ministers return to their seats – Altar Servers clear the altar - Ministers assist at the altar and tabernacle only if required – Ministers are asked to help clean and put away vessels after Mass
    16. 16. Communion Stations Altar WINE WINEBREAD

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