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Formation and instruction content
altar training docs.pdf (2.94MB)
Formation and instruction content
altar training docs.pdf
a simple eight page communion service for housebound/resthomes.
comm sick.pdf (1.03MB)
a simple eight page communion service for housebound/resthomes.
comm sick.pdf

This is the reading for the Formation Day for Eucharistic Ministers on Sunday, Oct 29 at 2pm at St Teresas Church.

Luke 24:13-35New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Walk to Emmaus

13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad.[b] 18 Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19 He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth,[c] who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.[d] Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22 Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23 and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 25 Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26 Was it not necessary that the Messiah[e]should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

28 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29 But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us[f] while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33 That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34 They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

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. "