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2021 Liturgical Ministries for Laypeople

St. John’s commissions men and women to serve as lectors, ministers of Holy
Communion, ushers and servers. Before a person “signs” up, he or she may want to
use spiritual discernment.
1. Do I attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days as I am obligated to do?
2. Have I prayed before the Blessed Sacrament or made use of the Sacrament
of Confession regularly?
3. Am I called to serve as a minister to assist others in fulfilling their duties as
Christians in worship?
4. Do I represent the Church well in how I speak and act outside of the liturgy?
5. How do I know this is God’s call?

After proper discernment, you may then set up an appointment with the pastor to
discuss your readiness for the ministry.
If it is decided that you may perform the ministry, then you will be sent a monthly
“sign up” calendar where you can register for the time and date of Holy Days and
Sundays, you would be able to serve.

We are “rebuilding” our ministries after a long hiatus. The following instructions
are for the immediate return to ministry with some regard to protocols for COVID-
19 still in place.

1. EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION


EMHC’s are to be Confirmed Catholics who have no impediments to
receiving Holy Communion and are encouraged to be devoted to the
Eucharist through regular visits to the Blessed Sacrament and making use of
the Sacrament of Penance often. An EMHC should be able to communicate
well the theology of the Eucharist as the “body, blood, soul and divinity” of
Jesus Christ.

SERVING AT MASS:
a. Please sign-up for the Sunday/Holy Day through the link sent to you via
email.
b. Make sure to be on time for Mass.
c. The style of dress should communicate Christian virtue and be
appropriate for the occasion.
THE LITURGY
d. Approach the altar after the presider has consumed from his chalice.
e. Make a simple bow and walk up the front steps and stand to the side in
front of the credence table.
f. You are welcome to receive either on the tongue or on the hand.
g. Two ministers will serve on the left and one minister will serve on the
right with the priest being the “fourth” minister.
h. When distributing Holy Communion, you are only to say “THE BODY
OF CHRIST”. You are not to use personal names or add or subtract from
the proclamation of Christ’s presence.
i. If you are in doubt that the person is able to receive, you are welcome to
ask, in a soft voice, “Are you Catholic?” If the person is not, you are
encouraged to say “God Bless You” and gently ask them to go to their
seat.
j. Those who may come to you for a blessing are not to be physically
touched. You can simply say, “GOD BLESS YOU” and gesture for them
to return to their seat.
k. As ciboriums become emptied, the minister returns the empty ciborium
to the altar. The priest will purify the vessels. You are to return to your
seat after you have placed the ciborium on the altar.

2. LECTORS
Lectors (“readers”) are to be Confirmed Catholics who have no impediments
to receiving Holy Communion and practice their faith by regular Confession
and visits to the Blessed Sacrament. A lector should also have some
proficiency in public speaking and communicate the Word of God worthily
and well.

SERVING AT MASS:
a. Please sign-up for the Sunday/Holy Day through the online link sent
to you via email.
b. Make sure you are on time for Mass.
c. The style of dress should be appropriate for the celebration of Mass.
d. You are welcome to check the Lectionary to make sure the readings
are set for your reading and to read over the Intercessions before Mass
begins.
THE LITURGY:
e. You will take the Book of the Gospels from the altar and carry it to
the back of the church.
f. When the procession begins you will carry the Book of the Gospels in
the procession behind the servers.
g. You will bow at the foot of the altar, and approaching the altar from
the right side, you will place the Book of the Gospels on the altar (flat
on the altar) and then bow and go to the left down the side steps to
your seat.
h. After the Opening Prayer is concluded, you will approach the altar,
bow at the foot of the altar and walk up the center steps to the ambo.
i. You will read the First Reading, the Psalm and the Second Reading
j. After the conclusion of the second reading, you will return to your
seat.
k. After the Profession of Faith is concluded, you will walk again to the
altar, bow at the foot of the altar and go to the lectern.
l. After the priest has completed the prayer after the Intercessions, you
will return to your seat.

These instructions are temporary in the aftermath of the pandemic protocols.


Please be aware that the situation may change at any time. Thank you.