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Parish Eucharistic Ministry

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Service of the Word With Holy Communion

The Parish has several areas of service in which Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist serve.

At Sunday Masses at St Teresas and St Thomas More Churches where they assist in the distribution of Holy Communion.  This is usually every four to six weeks.

 Home visits where the ministers visit the homes of elderly and sick parishioners and present a paraliturgy or communion service and distribute Holy Communion, usually to one person. Usually every four to six weeks.

Visiting resthomes for the elderly and disabled.  Otari Parish ministers visit Sprott House and St John of God in Messines Road and Huntleigh Retirement Home on the Main Karori Road. Usually every four to six weeks.

Chapel Services.  Some weekday masses are replaced with a Service of the Word With Holy Communion in the Chapel Of The Blessed Sacrament.  Usually assigned as necessary. 

The Ministers only assist in the distribution of Communion hosts and wine at Sunday Masses (including vigil masses).  This includes processing in with the presiding priest  

Visits to parishioners homes and resthomes and disabled care facilities require ministers to lead short communion services.  Booklets and service sheets outlining the actual paraliturgy service used are available.  A list of names for those residents to be visited will be made available.

Visits usually comprise ministers leading a communion service in a community room with several Catholic residents, and visiting other Catholic residents in their rooms because they are unable to attend a community room service. 

Some visits are to severely disabled residents who may be resting in common lounge areas of the resthomes.  Depending on the circumstances you might just say prayer for them or a much shorter communion service drawn from the standard service you used in a community room.

A Chapel Service of the Word With Holy Communion takes place in the event a priest is not available.  An Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is assigned to lead the service.  Paraliturgy booklets for this level of service are available and the ministers can give a short reflection on the gospel reading.

In all these areas of eucharistic ministry some training is usually necessary.



Visitation to Huntleigh Retirement Village

Huntleigh is a modern retirement village on the slopes of Church Hill in Karori.  Parishioner Pat Englert makes ministry visits there each Thursday as she tells us.

"Thursday is my day to take Communion to the residents and patients. Depending on how many people, we can gather in the lounge for a short service   before I visit the bedridden patient's in their rooms.   If anyone would like me to offer prayers,or receive the host I'm happy to oblige“  Often those well enough like to have a chat and catchup on Parish news, so I always   make sure I have copies of the latest Newsletter and Wel-Com to hand out.   Members of the staff and family visitors, sometimes like to join with us, so I try   to carry a few extra hosts in case. If there are any parishioners recently admitted the family have usually let me know in advance.   I rely on the Manager for up to date information regarding any changes since my last visit. "