Hey everyone. I am in the Navy and looking to be a Lay Leader. That is, someone who assists the Chaplain in all his duties and leads prayer services in the absence of one. There are not a lot of Chaplains available, so I want to do this as a way to help evangelize the Navy (there are a lot of people in need of spiritual help). My concern is that Lay Leaders become extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. I am a firm believer in only that which is consecrated should touch the Eucharist. Is anyone aware of something, such as the use of gloves, that would help mitigate this?
The reason I want to be a Lay Leader is because in the military we have to be respectful and accepting of other peoples’ beliefs. If I have an official position as a Catholic Lay Leader, it would help give me a bit more freedom when dealing with matters of faith underway.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!