Ministers of the Eucharist! A guide on Eastern Catholics receiving the Eucharist at Mass

This teaching document is primarily intended for Roman Catholic seminaries and formation houses, with ordinary and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist at Roman/Latin Masses the primary audience. It is secondarily designed to be easily printed and carried with traveling Eastern Catholics.

This guide to the canons and practicalities concerning Eastern Catholics receiving the Eucharist in a Roman Catholic Mass was put together with the input of Eastern and Roman Catholic canon lawyers, liturgists, clergy, religious, and faithful. It will assist many in greater appreciation and participation in the universal nature of the Church.

With that explanation, the pamphlet was presented to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas with a request for a nihil obstat and imprimatur. Bishop Farrell decided that neither was needed in order to promote the work, saying it simply quoted and presented canon law. There was a presumption that every priest already knows this and no further authority is necessary for stating the obvious. We encourage you to share it far and wide online and in person so that reality may come to pass!

The pamphlet is the first major work of The Star of the East, a canonically established public association of the faithful headquartered at St. Sophia Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in The Colony, TX, under the omophor of the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Eparch of Chicago who is in full and visible communion with Rome. The Star of the East has a primary mission of disseminating reliable and orthodox material from appropriate and competent authorities to Eastern Catholic clerical, religious, and lay leaders on the topics of evangelism, catechesis, and missiology.

We want every Catholic to have free access to this meticulously accurate, easily comprehensible guide and we put in all the work to make that a reality. All that needs to happen now is to have it shared! We hope you’ll help with that. You can direct others to the St. Sophia website to see more about it, or to download and share the fantastic resource.

Offered under an “Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives” Creative Commons license, others may freely download and share the pamphlet as long as the author/publisher is attributed, it isn’t used commercially or for profit, and isn’t changed in any way. Using 2-sided printing, it fits on a single 8.5″ x 11″ paper.

I’m sorry, I read over quickly. What is the unjust law that you are referring to in the following quote?

"We cannot–we will not–comply with this unjust law."


On a trivial note: In Latin Church terminology, a “minister of the Eucharist” is a priest or bishop who confects the Eucharist by celebrating the liturgy and consecrating the sacred species. A “minister of Holy Communion” is a bishop, priest, deacon, instituted acolyte, or layperson who is lawfully deputed to distribute Holy Communion in the Mass or to the sick. These ministers can be “ordinary” or “extraordinary”.

I believe the HHS Mandate.

It’s a quote from the United States bishops about the HHS Mandate requiring contraceptive and abortive coverage in federally mandated health insurance programs.

Thank you. I’ve seen Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist interchanged with Extraordinary Minister of Communion and Ordinary Minister of the Eucharist interchanged with Ordinary Minister of Communion including at EWTN and Catholic Culture, but if it would be a stumbling block for people then I’ll change that going forward.

This is interesting information to learn. Like the pamphlet suggests, the ideal thing for a visiting Eastern Rite family to do would be to call in advance or come early enough to introduce themselves to the priest so it won’t be a surprise when they present their infant for Communion and possibly cause a stir. Also, I presume that the bishop would be familiar with this and would have already given the necessary dispensation or instruction to the pastors in the diocese if such a situation were to arise in their parish.

Those sites got their terminology wrong. It may be a holdover from the old days when it was not clearly defined, but those days are past: with the promulgation of Redemptionis Sacramentum the Church clearly outlined the terminology that is to be used, going forward.

Thank you!

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