Me and my husband signed up to become extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist for mass either on Saturday vigil or Sunday.
We recently met up with the ministry head and she just basically showed us what to do if we get assigned to wash the vessels after mass…that’s the only training we received. We even asked the ministry head on what do we do if we drop the host? she said it doesn’t happen (But I have seen it happen!!!) and she does not know, ends up asking the deacon in which the deacon gave a proper response on just consume it or bring it back to the altar and he will consume it.
Before we met with her, we started talking to some of the ministers that day asking for inputs on what to do and my husband bought up a really good question, what do we do if a kid or an adult comes up with arms crossed? I know we are supposed to say some sort of blessing but is there a sort of form? The only thing I remembered our spiritual director told us when praying over people is to not put our hands on the head as that is reserved for ordained priests/ministers. Then one of the ministers answered that she does not know about such rule and that we are ok to bless because of our royal priesthood.
Now, I have been doing a lot of research online and on my books and I came across a couple that said that we, as lay faithful are not supposed to do that because:
-first, its a priestly blessing and the lay faithful distributing has no liturgical ministry outside the distribution of Communion and
-second, for hygiene purposes (hand in consecrated bread then hand on head? eew)
Here’s the link I found: communio.stblogs.org/index.php/tag/priesthood-of-the-faithful/
By the way, they even asked us if we are helping out that day, we told them that we have not been commissioned to do so yet they just said oh we just pick up the medals and help out, we don’t have commissioning.You would think the diocese at least would send out guidelines or the parish comes up with a manual on how to train ministers and properly commission them in mass. (That’s what our parish does in Minnesota, every ministry is commissioned by the priest during mass after proper training)
Anyway, I was kind of disappointed that we did not get any proper formal training. For us this is the biggest thing we can do. I have been pretty much dong self training for it by reading and watching videos.
Any thoughts? Kinda freaking out that this parish has no formal thing for a ministry that is very close and personal to the tabernacle.