Since the early days of the Church, the Eucharistic Bread has been reserved in order that the faithful who are sick and those who are unable to be present for the celebration of the Mass might be able to share in the Fruit of the Eucharistic Meal.
Since Vatican Council II, we have been given a Rite for Communion outside Mass, which does not specify “sickness” or “inability to attend Mass,” but includes the needs of the faithful when there is not, or cannot be, a celebration of the Mass. This is why Communion Services are held at the independent and assisted living, memory care, and facilities located within the area for which St. Mark is responsible.
The Rite offers a variety of prayer options for the lay person presiding at the Communion Service that includes prayers for the “Greeting,” the “Penitential Rite,” the “Concluding Prayer,” and the “Blessing.” The Rite may incorporate an opportunity for reflections and faith-sharing following the Scripture Readings. Communion is distributed during the service using Hosts that have been previously consecrated at an earlier Mass
The men and women involved in this Ministry are trained and certified Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Ministers to the Sick. They are also required to complete the online Diocesan Safe Environment Training and be fingerprinted.
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