Sunday is ‘The Lord’s Day’ as well as the day of the Church’. Since the Eucharist is the very heart of Sunday, it is essential that we observe this day and keep it holy. Many parishioners, because they are ill and homebound, are unable to attend mass and partake of the Eucharist. The Church has a duty to reach out to these people and give them Holy Communion, especially on a Sunday or on the first Friday of every month.
Since our pastors are often overworked and over-burdened especially on Sundays, the church has appointed extraordinary ministers also known as Eucharistic Ministers to carry out this work, i.e distributing of Holy Communion to the sick and invalid in their own homes. This was, incidentally, also a common practice in the early church.
For this to be accomplished, it is necessary to have a sufficient number of Eucharistic Ministers. These men and women are trained by the Diocesan Centre for Liturgy. Seminars and courses are organized by the Centre to impart liturgical formation and prepare them to be Eucharistic ministers.
The Pastor has to choose exemplary candidates from among the faithful. They, on their part,will need to sustain their level of commitment and dedication. The pastors on request of the sick penitent will need to visit the sick as they did earlier, especially in order to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
A high level of planning and coordination is therefore necessary between the pastors, Samudai leaders, Eucharistic ministers and family members to achieve the smooth and fruitful functioning of this ministry.
At our Chapel we have 9 Eucharistic Ministers who regularly take part in daily mass and visit families with Holy Communion for the sick and the home bound every Sunday and Friday. The Term of this ministry is 3 years, However one can extend it to three more years if he or she wishes with the permission of the local Ordinary ( Archbishop of the Diocese)