Here is Bulletin_2017-02-19
More Eucharistic Ministers?: Page three of this week’s bulletin declares:
WE NEED MORE EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
Would you be willing to serve our community as a Eucharistic Minister? We need more people who are available to serve at our weekend masses — especially the 11 a.m. Mass. If you are a faithful Catholic who loves the Eucharist and are willing to serve, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 540-675-3432 and I will train and install you. Thank you! Fr. Tuck
Our question is: “Do we really need more people? Do we really need even one more ‘Eucharistic Minister’? Do we need any Eucharistic Ministers at all?”
Our answer is: “No!”
Some discussion points:
- Let’s keep in mind for the case of need posed by our Pastor, the term is “Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Mass”. (See what the USCCB has to say on this – here.)
- St. Peter’s is one of the smaller parishes in the Diocese of Arlington. On any given weekday at St. John the Baptist in Front Royal the number of people at Mass far exceeds the number at any Sunday Masses at St. Peter’s. Normally, St. John’s has no need for extraordinary ministers when there are numbers similar to our most packed Masses at St. Peter’s. Quite simply put, we at St. Peter’s seldom have “extraordinary” situations or need.
- It is worthwhile noting the following concerning Communion under both species: (Taken from Norms for the Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion under Both Kinds in the Dioceses of the United States of America.)
“24. The General Instruction then indicates that the Diocesan Bishop may lay down norms for the distribution of Communion under both kinds for his own diocese, which must be observed. . . . The Diocesan Bishop also has the faculty to allow Communion under both kinds, whenever it seems appropriate to the Priest to whom charge of a given community has been entrusted as [its] own pastor, provided that the faithful have been well instructed and there is no danger of the profanation of the Sacrament or that the rite would be difficult to carry out on account of the number of participants or for some other reason.”
“In practice, the need to avoid obscuring the role of the Priest and the Deacon as the ordinary ministers of Holy Communion by an excessive use of extraordinary minister might in some circumstances constitute a reason either for limiting the distribution of Holy Communion under both species or for using intinction instead of distributing the Precious Blood from the chalice.”
[Note: Intinction is the preferred method at St. John the Baptist precisely for “the need to avoid obscuring the role of the Priest and the Deacon as the ordinary ministers of Holy Communion“.
Based on the above, it stands to reason that St. Peter’s has no real need for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Mass. If our Pastor desires to administer Holy Communion under both species, he may do so. Intinction is a very good alternative. Furthermore, if he desires, my wife and I will gladly donate whatever is necessary to pay for the appropriate vessels for intinction.
Finally, we double-dog dare our Pastor to accept our offer. Nay, we triple-dog dare him to accept!
[Note: There was an oversized brochure for the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal with this week’s bulletin. If you want to see the contents, click here.]