- New sign-in sheets have been created with the most current information.
- You need to sign in at least ten minutes before Mass; this ensures that the sacristans will not fill your spot, not knowing that you are present. Please initial next to your name.
- When you substitute for someone, you need to mark through that person’s name and place your initials next to his/hers. This process lets the sacristan know that the spot is covered.
- Contact the sacristan and let him/her know when you will not be available for your Mass. We will provide you with the sacristan’s cell phone number ASAP.
Finding a Substitute
- You are responsible to find a replacement when you are not able to attend your scheduled Mass. An excel spreadsheet with phone numbers and Mass schedules was e-mailed to all EME ministers following the 2008 workshop. This spreadsheet was sent out by firstname.lastname@example.org. Please look for it and print a copy.
- The spread sheet is maintained with the most accurate information that you provided to us. Sue Garza has volunteered to maintain the data in the spreadsheet. Please send her an e-mail when any of your data has changed so she can update the file.
- If you want to change your Mass schedule please contact Sue via e-mail with your request. When ministers tell the Monsignors, Deacon Steve, or Mario, the information may not be passed on due to the timing of the conversation before or after Mass.
Dress Code for Ministers
- As you know, we are the Bishop’s church; his church should set the standard for the liturgy in the Dioceses. We ask that when you are scheduled to perform your ministry that you are dressed appropriately. We ask that men wear slacks, a dress shirt, and dress shoes. Women should wear business casual attire, such as dresses, skirts, or pantsuits. Please do not wear jeans, shorts, T-shirts, sweatshirts with team logos, tank tops, low-cut blouses, tennis shoes, sandals, or flip flops. If you are asked to cover in an emergency and you are not dressed properly, please pass the opportunity on to someone else. We will work around the vacancy. If possible, come to Mass dressed as if you might be asked to serve.
- Our Cathedral services are attended by more than our parish family.
- We see many visitors from the downtown hotels and convention centers, and we will see more as the downtown grows. We want to present ourselves as reverent servants of our Lord.
- The Diocese requires formal training for EME and Lector. Please contact Mario for this year's Training Schedule;
- Recruitment invitation cards are available in the sacristy. We are asking you to take a card and give it to someone you often see at your Saturday or Sunday Mass as an invitation to become a minister.
What to do on the altar (clarification)
- The proper time for the EME to go to the altar is after the greeting and before the Lamb of God. Do not enter the altar until the celebrant has completed the consecration. (That is after he has consumed the host and wine.) Enter the altar from the side steps.
- We will no longer have seven EMEs at the 2:30 PM Saturday Mass; the number will drop to five. Sunday 11:00 AM Mass will continue to have seven EMEs at this time.
- The proper method for wiping the challis with the purificator is as follows: Unfold the purificator to wipe the challis. Once a person has handed the challis back to you, wipe the rim of the challis with the purificator; turn the challis one quarter turn to present the precious blood to the next person. Also use a clean part of the purificator to wipe the challis after each person receives the precious blood.
- It was agreed that the ministers like the directions our Monsignors give us on the altar. Please listen to their directions.
- EMEs serving the body of Christ are asked to take the ciborium to the altar after distribution. The celebrant will collect the remaining host and clean the ciborium. Do not stack the ciboria; hold them individually. EMEs serving the precious blood are asked to consume all remaining blood at the credence table to be purified by the celebrant.
- If you drop a host on the floor, you are to pick it up. There are two ways to handle this situation. One: if the host has fallen from the recipient’s mouth to the floor, place the host back in his/her mouth. Two: if you have not placed it with the recipient and it falls to the floor place the host in your hand under the ciborium and consume it at the credence table.
- If you spill the precious blood, you are to place the purificator on the spill. Leave your position and return to the altar to get another purificator. Return to your place and continue. Be sure to place yourself in front of the spill to prevent people from stepping on the spill. Let the priest know of the spill, and he will go to the spill to clean it up. Do not remove the purificator from the floor. The priest will do that.
- Monsignor Gregory asked that at least two EMEs stay at the credence table to help him during the purification.