Are you interested in
becoming a Extraordinary Minister of Holy
Communion at St. Agnes?
HERE to let us know.
Loving Father, creator of the universe,
you call your people to worship,
to be with you and with one another at Mass.
I thank you for having called me
to assist others in their prayer to you.
May I be worthy of the trust placed in me and
through my example and service bring others
closer to you.
I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ,
who is Lord for ever and ever.
Extraordinary Ministers of
Procedures for Serving
St. Agnes Cathedral
Keep your scheduled assignment and in cases
where you are unable to fulfill them, please
try to find a replacement.
It is important that all Extraordinary
Ministers of the Holy Communion respect a
Please be aware of the Mass schedule in
planning your visits to homes and hospitals
in order to avoid picking up the Eucharist
during the Mass Celebrations in the church.
The most appropriate and desirable
time should be before or after the mass.
Come early and be on time
Don’t forget to sign in the Sacristy as you
come to the Church. It helps the priests to
know what stations are in need of coverage.
Approaching the Altar
Ministers should enter the sanctuary during
the singing or recitation of the antiphon
“Lamb of God…” At Sunday Eucharist, host
ministers form the line behind altar servers
(keep the distance of 2-3 steps).
Cup ministers create another line
behind the host ministers, also
approximately 2-3 steps.
This gives some comfortable space for
receiving communion from priest or deacon.
Please note that starting January 1,
2014, we will downsize cup stations and
there will be only 4 cup minister assigned
In order to maintain a smooth distribution
and be efficient in getting to our assigned
positions, let’s make sure that the host
ministers going to the back of the church
with the priest ( #7 or #8) will stay at the
right edge of the line facing the altar (we
will make sure that priest and minister will
have the ciboria filled up with hosts)
The same thing is also effective for the cup
ministers serving the back of the church E
Let them stay together on the right
side of their line receiving Communion.
We will make sure that they will have
chalices with the appropriate amount of
While standing in the sanctuary, please do
avoid an exchange of the sign of peace with
The exchange of the sign of peace at
the proper time and with people standing
next to you covers also the exchange with
the whole congregation.
desirable that Minister/Priest in position
#1 and #6, which are located in the
transepts, bring their remaining hosts to
the ministers at the front of the Cathedral
after finishing the distribution of
Eucharist in their section.
That would eliminate those in the
front positions from running out.
Also, the celebrants of each mass
should remember to give full ciboria of
hosts to the ministers going to the back of
Please note that one of the Priests assigned
to distribute communion on the organ side #6
will also take a role of making sure that
there is enough host at all stations.
Vessels to the Sacristy
As you cross the sanctuary area from the
tabernacle to the sacristy please remember
to give reverence to the altar.
The distinctive bow is sufficient.
There is no need to bow to the
Bishop’s chair when he is not the celebrant.
Only when the Bishop is at his chair
during the Eucharistic celebration should
the bow be directed toward him.
Please note that if you are on the way to
the tabernacle with consecrated hosts or on
the way to the sacristy with consecrated
wine in the chalice there is no bowing at
Bringing the sacred vessels to the sacristy
after communion should not be a time for
lengthy and loud conversations with
sacristans or fellow ministers.
As soon as you enter the sacristy
with the sacred vessels, leave them there
with the sacristans who will purify them and
prepare them for the next mass.
Also, after the weekday mass services
leave them in the sacristy to be prepared
later for the next mass.
There is no need for ministers to
stay in the sacristy for purification of the
vessels and miss the concluding parts of the
Keeping silent before and during the Mass is
of great importance.
Silence should be respected during
our services inside and outside of the
Church during the Eucharistic celebration
out of respect for the Sacrament and for
those who pray.
Thank you for being a
part of St. Agnes Liturgical Ministry
Msgr. Andrzej Zglejszewski