July 7, 2013
Dear Fellow Parishioners:
It takes several people to have a good party, and the same is true for Sunday Eucharist. For the next few weeks I want to offer reflections on the people who help us CELEBRATE Sunday Eucharist. A great celebration of the Eucharist requires the dedication of many people serving in liturgical ministries. This week I will offer a few words about the extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist (EMEs). Thank you to all of you who serve in this liturgical ministry.
At every Sunday Mass the EMEs have the great privilege of administering, along with the priest (that’s me), the Body and Blood of Jesus to those who come forward to receive the Lord. This is a very prayerful, joyous, and humbling ministry. What a blessing to be the one who shares the great sacrament of Jesus with the members of the congregation. Many people say, “Oh, I could never do that. I’m not worthy.” None of us are worthy (you know darn well that I am certainly not worthy). If only those who were worthy could serve, we’d have no ministers at all! Some of the EMEs at Saint Ambrose also visit the sick at Prince George’s Hospital and homebound members of the parish. Those who perform this ministry are quick to tell you how their service is a rewarding gift that is returned many times over.
This is one beautiful way to serve the parish community. If you would like more information about being an EME please let me know. Eucharist is not exactly a party but it is a celebration, and we all contribute in our own way to make it celebratory. Next week—Lectors!
Fr. Kevin C. Kennedy