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The Continuing work of our Visioning Day

When we had our parish Visioning Days in the spring one of the ideas that came out of it was to have parish-wide gatherings. . Some events are in the works! We will be having a Parish Family Picnic on Sunday, August 16 at Frontenac Park in Union Springs beginning at 1:00p.m. I hope you and your families are able to attend.

Posted by Fr. Bill on July 24, 2015

The planning group is also looking ahead to a Christmas /Epiphany dinner party in January.  Hopefully these social gathering will enable you to know more of the parishioners of GSCC especially ones who attend Mass at different churches than yourself.      

Also at the Visioning day it was suggested that we better communicate who we are as Good Shepherd Catholic Community.  It was mentioned that not all of our signage at the churches and at the parish cemeteries mention GSCC.  We are currently working on new signs that will include not only the church or cemetery name, but also the parish name.  In regards to communication I would remind you that we have a parish web page.  The web address can be found on the front page of the weekly bulletin; it is www.thegoodshepherd.cc.  If you go to the web page you can find a link to the parish Facebook page as well as the weekly bulletin.  We are also in the process of developing a parish newsletter.  When our new Pastoral Council convenes in September one of their tasks will be to look at the value statements that were shared at the last Visioning Day, and use them as a basis to develop a parish vision statement.  All of these tasks hopefully will enable us to better communicate who we are as Good Shepherd Catholic Community.

Another suggestion that came out of the visioning day was to provide training sessions for our liturgical ministers.  To address that issue we will be having training sessions in the fall.  We will begin with training for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.  Our parish in the past has used the term Eucharistic Ministers, but we are now using the official term Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.  The fall sessions will be for new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion but we also ask that all currently serving in this liturgical role also attend.  More information will be coming as we approach the training sessions.  Below I am listing the requirements and responsibilities for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion as outlined in the diocesan Policies for the Administration of the Sacraments. God’s blessings and peace, Father Bill

 

Requirements for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

These men and women must:

  1. have completed their sixteenth year, be fully initiated, lead a life of faith in keeping with the function to be undertaken, and if married,  be validly married within the Church and not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared;
  2. sign the Profession of Faith for an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, renewing his/her belief in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist. A copy of this Profession of Faith for an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion is to be filed at the Chancery Office; (Cf. Addendum 1)
  3. participate in training which includes a theological discussion of the Sacrament of Holy Communion as well as training on the appropriate  posture and deportment of the extraordinary minister of Holy Communion during the Mass;
  4. have a letter of authorization from the Bishop.

 

 

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Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at Mass:

  1. Approaches the altar only after the priest receives Communion. (Cf. GIRM,162).
  2. First receives Communion from the celebrant, or concelebrant, or deacon and then receives the sacred vessel from the celebrant, or concelebrant, or deacon for distribution to the people.
  3. Holds the host or chalice before the communicant at a level that makes eye contact between the communicant and extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, if possible.
  4. Offers the Body of Christ to the communicant in the hand or on the tongue, as the communicant indicates.
  5. Says only, “The Body of Christ” if offering the host, or only “The Blood of Christ” if offering the chalice.
  6. Wipes the rim of the chalice with a purificator after each communicant and turns the chalice slightly for the next communicant.
  7. Properly consumes any remaining Precious Blood at the altar.
  8. Reverently handles and consumes any dropped hosts – spilled Precious Blood must be attended to with water which is then poured in the sacrarium.
  9. Is attentive to the presence of persons in the congregation who have special needs and adapts accordingly to give them access to Holy Communion.
  10. Returns the ciborium/chalice to the altar for purification by the priest/deacon either at the altar or credence table. The priest or deacon brings the Blessed Sacrament to the tabernacle.
  11. Participates in ongoing training throughout their service as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion.

 

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