Eucharistic ministers are lay people who volunteer and are trained by the Church to assist the priest in distributing Holy Communion at Mass. They also help in bringing the Eucharist to the sick at area hospitals and nursing homes, and make home visits to those unable to participate in community worship.
Each minister receives instructions dealing with the role of lay ministers, with an emphasis on the Eucharist. Eucharistic ministers assist in the nourishing of God's children with the Body and Blood of Christ.
Eucharistic Ministers at Weekend Masses
Eucharistic ministers are needed for the Saturday 5:00 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Masses. If you are interested in this spiritually rewarding ministry, please contact Ken Leediker or 615-969-0214.
Eucharistic Minister at Weekday Masses
The weekday Eucharistic ministry is a great opportunity to serve the Cathedral community. The participants experience a joy that comes through serving the Lord and others.
The ministry requires one Eucharistic minister for the 7:00 a.m. Mass on the weekdays. Two Eucharistic ministers are needed for the weekday 12:10 p.m. Mass.
The schedule for participants is established annually. A list of substitutes is maintained in case of last minute schedule changes.
Those interested parishioners seeking to learn more about the Eucharistic ministry at the weekday masses, as a regularly scheduled participant or substitute, may contact Ken Leediker or 615-969-0214.
Eucharistic Ministers for Hospitals and Nursing Homes
The visiting Eucharistic minister assists the priests of our parish by carrying Holy Communion to Catholic patients at Baptist and Vanderbilt Hospitals. They also visit Catholic residents at the Nashville Health Care and Richland Health Care facilities. Sometimes, this visit provides a hospital patient the only contact with the church while they are ill, and the most frequent contact with the Church for the nursing home residents.
Because of the great responsibility of carrying the Blessed Sacrament outside the Church, care must be taken to recruit only those individuals who understand the importance of and appreciate the sacredness of their undertaking. This shows in their manner, their attitude toward those with whom they come into contact, their dress and their devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.
This service is a gift both to the patient, to whom we hold out the hand of the Church, and to ourselves, completing the circle of love. It is helpful, though not necessary, for you to enjoy meeting people and encountering different sorts of situations. Indeed, nearly every time you go through a door, a surprise awaits you. It is a gratifying, humbling, heartwarming, occasionally frightening, always deeply spiritual experience.
If you are interested in being a Visiting Eucharistic Minister, please contact Marcie at (615) 327-2330.