Lector & Eucharistic Minister Schedule
Lectors are members of the Assembly who proclaim the Word in the first two scripture readings and the responsorial psalm. They also assist in creating a hospitable and prayerful environment by praying the Prayers of the Faithful in the absence of a deacon. The documents of Vatican II, explain the importance of readers stating: "They exercise a genuine liturgical function. They ought, therefore, to discharge their office with sincere piety and decorum demanded by so exalted a ministry and right expected of them by God's people. Consequently, they must all be trained to perform their functions in a correct and orderly manner...Christ is present in His word since it is He Himself who speaks when the Holy Scriptures are read in the church."
An extraordinary minister of Holy Communion assists in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass. That is, when there are not a sufficient number of ordinary ministers of Holy Communion present (bishops, priests, or deacons). Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion may be called upon to assist in the distribution of the host, or the cup at Mass. On other occasions they may be asked to bring Communion to the sick, homebound, or hospitalized. On January 29, 1973, Pope Paul VI issued an instruction immense Caritatis (of immense Love) on "Facilitating Sacramental Communion in particular circumstances. "In his instruction, Paul VI lists the qualities which, ideally, should be present in an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. "The person who has been appointed...must be duly instructed and should distinguish himself by Christian life, faith, and morals, striving to be worthy of this great office, cultivating devotion to the Holy Eucharistic and acting as an example to the other faithful by piety and reverence for this most holy sacrament of the altar. Let no one be chosed whose selection may cause scandal among the faithful."
Check the web page of the Diocese of Memphis to view the current course schedule for lectors and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion.
Deacon Ernie Albonetti