Frequently Asked Questions

Finding a sub with the Web Terminal is easy.  Simply log into the Web Terminal.  (If you don't remember your username and password, just search your email for a liturgical ministry message from me and it will contain a direct link with login info.) 
Once you are in the Web Terminal, click on the My Schedules tab.  Next to each assignment will be a link that reads "request sub."  Simply click on that link, type in a message in the comment field that appears and click the "request sub" button.  Once the message is processed by the Web Terminal (which can actually take several minutes), an email will go out to everyone who is qualified and available for that position.
Once someone has accepted your position you will receive an email confirmation.

What do I do if I drop a Sacred Host?

All Catholics, but especially extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, need to know that the Church teaches that Jesus Christ in present in every particle of the Sacred Host and every drop of the Precious Blood.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains: “The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of  the  consecration  and  endures  as long  as  the Eucharistic species subsist. Christ is present whole and entire in each of the species and whole and entire in each of their parts, in such a way that the breaking of the bread does not divide Christ” (#1377).  Since Christ is truly present in every crumb of consecrated the bread and every drop of the consecrated wine, even these tiny particles must be treated with the utmost reverence.

If a host or part of the host drops to the floor, immediately pick it up and put it in the hand you are using to hold the bowl.  Do NOT put it back into the bowl or offer it to another communicant.  After you finish distributing, you should consume the host yourself, offer it to the priest if he is near, or offer it to him after you distribute Communion.
  (From the Handbook for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion)

What do I do if I spill the Precious Blood?

Remain calm, and act in a reverent and clear-headed way.  The General Instruction of the Roman Missal indicates the basics of what is to be done: “If any of the Precious Blood is spilled, the area where the spill occurred should be washed with water, and this water should then be poured into the sacrarium in the sacristy” (#280).

If the spill is small, guard the spill with your body by standing in a way that prevents people from stepping on it.  Continue to distribute the Precious Blood being aware of the spill on the floor and continuing to guard it.  Once Communion is finished, lay your purificator over the spot of the spill and return to the altar as normal, informing the priest.  As the other EMHC return to their seats, you should go to the sacristy and locate a wet towel and another dry towel or some paper towels.  At the end of Mass, as the priest and servers are processing out of the church, go to the place of the spill, walking from the side door (not going through the sanctuary).  Using the wet towel, wipe down the place of the spill and dry the place so that no one will slip on the wet surface.  Carefully bring the wet towel into the sacristy and place it in the sacrarium (the sink with the lid on it).   The priest will take care of the rest.

If the spill is large, immediately lay your purificator over the spot, take the cup back into the sacristy, and bring some cloth towels and a clean purificator to the place of the spill.  Use the towels to soak up the Precious Blood.  When it’s all been removed from the floor, lay the clean purificator over the spot, return to the sacristy and follow the directions above.  (From the Handbook for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion)

Why are some people on the schedule more than others?

In order to facilitate the scheduling of all of our liturgical ministers (150-200 people in total), a computerized scheduling program is used.  The computer scheduling program used to manage the liturgical ministry schedule takes into account a number of factors when creating the schedule, including (1) Multiple Ministries – The program takes into account the TOTAL NUMBER of times that a particular minister is on the schedule, regardless of ministry.  For example: I may only be scheduled 2 times as a Lector, but be scheduled 4 times as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.  (2)Limited Preferences – A liturgical minister may be scheduled less frequently if their availability is limited to one or two Masses.  Those who are available for any Mass and Holy Days may be on the schedule more frequently.  (3)Families – Another factor that may limit the frequency of ministry is if you only want to serve when your family members are serving.  The default setting on the scheduling program is to break up families when necessary to even out the distribution.  However, some families have chosen to only serve together, which may limit the number of times these ministers serve.