Eucharistic Ministry

"Eucharistic Ministers, Servers, Lectors, Members of the Choir...exercise a genuine liturgical function. They ought to discharge their office, therefore, with the sincere devotion and decorum demanded by so exalted a ministry and rightly expected of them by God's people."
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy

Lay Eucharistic Ministers are called upon to share the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ with St. Isidore's parishioners at Mass, in our local hospitals and nursing homes, and to those who are bound to their homes. Ministry is never self-seeking but giving, and it is the kind of giving in which one loves the persons one gives to.

David Hrivnak, LEM Coordinator

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from the side of Christ, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within your wounds hide me
Separated from you, let me never be
From the evil one protect me
At the hour of my death, call me
And close to you bid me
That with your saints,
I may be praising you forever and ever. Amen.

LEM Schedules for Masses ~ ~ Schedulers

5:00 p.m. Saturday Mass

Emmy Yandall

(Spanish) 7:00 p.m. Saturday Mass

Moisés and Alicia Valdez

8:00 a.m. Sunday Mass

Lidia Jimenez

10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass

Mario McCarthy

(Spanish) Sunday Masses: 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m.

Moisés and Alicia Valdez

5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass
Alida Hrivnak

Eucharistic Ministry to Shut-ins

Sally Combo

(Click on the "hot links" above for the LEM schedules and more information.)

Please consider volunteering to be a Lay Eucharistic Minister!

*practicing Catholic, having been Baptized and Confirmed in the Catholic Church,
*if married, married in the Catholic Church, and
*at least 18 years of age.

*if unable to minister at an assigned Mass, make timely substitutions with another qualified Eucharistic Minister,
*attend appropriate formation and training, and
*make a minimum of a two year commitment as an Eucharistic Minister.

If you are interested, please leave your name, address, and phone number at the parish office. Note which choice of Mass you prefer to be scheduled for (Saturday - 5 p.m. English or 7 p.m. Spanish; Sunday - 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. English or 1 p.m. Spanish). Please also note if you are available for Holy Days and Masses of special occasions. Thank you.
David Hrivnak, LEM Coordinator

Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Instructions for Serving at Mass

All ministers should gather in the sacristy at least 15 minutes before the start of Mass. Please insure that all positions are filled before you process in. If there is a second Priest concelebrating or if there is a Deacon serving, they (the priest or deacon) will take the place of a Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM). Please remember that we are extraordinary ministers, the Priest/Deacon are the ordinary minister by reason of their ordination.

After insuring that all positions are provided for, the LEMs should proceed to the front of the church and greet parishioners.

When proceeding into the church, all LEMs should proceed in, following the altar servers and in front of the Lector(s) and Celebrant then stand in front of the pews. All should bow to the altar with the priest before proceeding to your seat.


  • Never mention an individual's name if you don't know everyone's name.
  • Take care of obvious handicapped persons first.
  • Approach anyone obviously holding on to the pews or another person for stability.
  • Give a blessing for adults or children who are not receiving communion.
  • Spills are handled by covering them with the purificator. Accidents happen so don't panic. Use your common sense and try to avoid attention.
  • You are to serve only one ministry at each Mass.

Additional Instructions for the Eucharistic Minister

1. Prepare the gifts to be offered, i.e., estimate how much host and wine will be used for that particular mass so not too much is left over. All species that will be consumed will be consecrated during that mass. In case there is a shortage of hosts, the acolyte will get the reserved Body of Christ from the tabernacle during the time of communion -- not before. (The reserved Body of Christ in the tabernacle will primarily be used for our sick brothers and sisters.)

2. After distributing the Body of Christ, the Eucharistic ministers will put the remaining hosts in the "reserve ciborium" on the altar, put the ciborium on the altar to be purified by the priest or deacon, and go to either side of the altar of the tabernacle.

3. The minister of the Blood of Christ will place their empty chalice and purificator on the altar to be purified by the priest or deacon, and go to either side of the altar of the tabernacle. Do not put the purificator in the chalice. (As much as possible, ask the last communicant to finish the Blood of Christ. If that is not possible, consume the Blood of Christ yourself at your station or at the altar. Please do not drink while walking!

4. Please stay by the foot of the stairs going to the tabernacle as the priest or the deacon puts the "reserve ciborium" in the tabernacle. As the priest or deacon genuflects, please make reverence to the Body of Christ by a simple bow.

5. After the tabernacle is closed, please go back to your seats in an orderly fashion.

6. The sacred vessels will need to be put away after Mass. All vessels must be purified by either the deacon or priest and this will be done at the altar before they are taken back to the sacristy. Only the chalices will need to be washed with soap and hot water before being put away.

7. Lay Eucharistic Ministers are responsible for the handling of the collection baskets after Mass. It is important to follow the following instructions for the handling of the collection:

  • At the end of Mass, two LEMs will pick up the collection basket(s) at the altar and take it/them to the sacristy.
  • Pre-numbered bags for the first and second collection will be in the sacristy near the safe.
  • Bags will be marked with the time of Mass and whether it is the first or second collection.
  • Check the seal number on the bag against the log and note any discrepancy in the number on the log.
  • Put the money in the appropriate bag, close the seal completely, and put the bag into the safe.
  • Both LEMs must sign the log when you have completed the process for each collection.

Duties of the Acolyte

1. Facilitate the preparation of the gifts to be offered, i.e., estimate how much host and wine will be used for that particular mass.

2. Check and ensure that the credence table is complete.

The chalice for the presiding priest is set.
There is water and a towel for washing.
There is water for the chalice.
The wooden tray for the pyx is ready.
The empty ciboria, chalices and four purificators are out.

3. As the ministers leave to distribute the Body and Blood, take the reserve ciborium out of the tabernacle. Go to the individual stations to make refills of the body of Christ if needed.

4. Set the reserve ciborium on the altar to wait for the other ministers. Fill the pyx with the number of hosts requested for the sick of our parish.

5. Make sure to be watchful in case the ministers might need something else.

6. Stand by the altar as the priest or deacon puts the "reserve ciborium" into the tabernacle. As the priest or deacon genuflects, please made reverence to the Body of Christ by a simple bow.

7. After the tabernacle is closed, take the tray with sacred vessels to the sacristy.

Remember: Be familiar with the duties of the acolyte. We are all responsible for ensuring everything is prepared for the celebration of the Mass. We are all also responsible for ensuring that everything is put away after Mass. Important: Duties before and after Mass are the same for those who are substituting for someone else!

Procedure for Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick

1. Please put the pyx on a tray on the credence table before mass starts. If you arrive after the beginning of mass, please go in the sacristy to have the pyx placed on the tray. Please do so inconspicuously. Furthermore, please have a number attached to your pyx indicating the number of hosts you need.

2. Right before the prayer after communion, please come to the foot of the stairs so that you will receive your pyx from the priest.

3. After receiving your pyx with the sacred specie, please go to either side and stand in front of the first pew.

4. After the priest kisses the altar, please move back to the center to exit right after the altar servers.

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