The liturgy reformed and renewed by the Second Vatican Council encourages the participation of parishioners in the liturgical roles, especially that of lector and eucharistic minister. Thus men and women proclaim the Word of the Lord and assist in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ at Holy Communion.
The Eucharistic Minister assists the Priests in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ at Masses and other Liturgies. The only requirement is a short orientation on the reverence for the Eucharistic Lord and a desire to share this reverence with other Parishioners. Eucharistic Ministers are also asked to assist in the Saturday Masses at Bethesda Nursing Home and in bringing the Eucharist to the homebound.