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The a n of the q00iocese oF Cittle 00ock VOL. LXlll, NO. 45 NOVEMBER 8, 1974 lbiocesan Liturgical Commission Issues 'Extraordinary Minister' Guidelines (Following are Guidelines on Extraordinary Ministers of nlmunion, for Diocese Little Rock by of announced this week the e Diocesan Liturgical Commission). GUIDELINES IION EXTRAORDINARY INISTERS OF COMMUNION f [ . . J oL'rhe Church m changing. The I[airch is growing. Growth, in fact, necessitates change. As regards the H01y Eucharist, the growing needs of the Church have been recognized in the past as evidenced by Pope Plus Bishop's Office 2415 N. Tyler Little Rock, Ark. In the renewal of the liturgy, our Church is making a Serious effort to separate the various roles of those who Participate in the liturgy. For manyyears prior to the Second Vatican Council, the priest himself had absorbed all of the roles except acolyte and this was carried out by the altar boy. In addition to the effort to distinguish the roles; there is also the obvious need to have the liturgy move with a rhythm that creates a wonderful spirit of unity and Prayerfulness. Both then, to have fuller participation on the Part of the laity and to maintain the rhythm of prayer- fulness in the liturgy, our diocese issues guidelines as the official policy for extraordinary ministers. We take this opportunity to commend the Liturgical Commission of the Diocese for its research,its consultation and its work in the presentation of guidelines which are suitable and helpful in our diocese. We know that priests, religious and laity will depend upon these guidelines for the Strengthening of liturgical worship in the parishes. Asking God to bless you and your people, I remain, Sincerely yours in Christ, ..... ,I, Andrew J. McDonald Bishop of Little Rock 00eminarian an Acolyte #l I}: Meinrad, Ind.-- Charles 1 ld LeSieur of Pine Bluff, [ lt,," a third-year theology |ent at Saint Meinrad [' ,inary here, has been in- Uted in the Ministry of --lyte, proclaiming his in- Iving Othing Drive Set Rock - The annual lksgiving Clothing by "ces, will be in tbe Diocese of Rock Dec. 1-6, Father R. Savary, director of announced this tention to persevere for or- dination to the diaconate and priesthood. Mr. LeSieur, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles LeSieur of St. Joseph's parish, Pine Bluff, was one of 30 young men from several American dioceses admitted to the ministry in Oct. 26 ceremonies presided over by His Excellency Auxiliary Bishop Charles G. Maloney of Louisville. In this new rite, the acolytes make public their intentions to be candidates for the diaconate and the priesthood, and the Church acknowledges publicly Her acceptance of their can- didacies and prays for .their intentions. Being called publicly with the support of the Church brings with it a gift of strength from the Holy Spirit. Those who receive the Ministry of Acolyte may help priests carry out their office, and distribute the Eucharist to the faithful and to the sick, thus performing as extraordinary ministers. They also promise to live the Eucharist life more intensely in a spirit of oblation and sacrifice, and to grow daily in Arkansas will ;h depots for the of used clothing. needed this year, said, are men's infants' layettes attire. rricane Fifi that Honduras in Sep- has depleted the CRS available clothing, and Workers around the world awaiting a new X's allowing children full participation; by Pope Plus XII's revision of the fast regulations and by Pope Paul VI's restoration to the laity of the practice of the reception of Communion under both species. Because the pastoral needs of the Church have required further changes, the Holy See, through the instruction Im- mensae Caritatis, has granted to bishops the opportunity to designate, upon request from the local pastor, laymen and women as special or "ex- traordinary" ministers of the Eucharist. The Diocese of Little Rock, in accord with a true spirit of renewal, and recognizing the needs of today's People of God, establishes the following guidelines for Extraordinary Ministers of Communion: The ministry of Christ emphasizes the dignity of all baptized Christians - that we are temples of the Lord, "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation". We are a totally consecrated people. This ministry is allowed in order to fill an objective pastoral need. The following should be considered ob- jective pastoral needs: 1. Lengthy distribution of the Eucharist at Mass to a point where it detracts from the liturgical cele- bration. (The Diocesan Liturgical Commission feels that it better preserves the unity of the Eucharistic celebration when a participant in that celebration aids in the distribution of Com- munion rather than a priest who has not been participating). 2. As an extension of the priest's service to the sick and aged. 3. Where there is a shor- tage of priests. This could be due to age, infirmity or illness. EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS WITHIN MASS 1. Candidates should be invited to serve by the Pastor, after consultation with his associate and parish liturgy team. 2. Candidates may be men or women and should be, in the judgment of the pastor and his staff, mature, exemplary Catholics willing to serve, and fully respecting the role asked of them. 3. Before serving, the can- didate's name must be sub- Mr. and Mrs. Antioco R. Jiminez and their four children have settled in Jacksonville where they are communicants of St. Jude the Apostle Church. Mr. Jiminez is a carpenter. With the woman holding her baby in the left foreground, the family recently assisted at a // A rkansans at Spanish Mass Spanish Mass, sponsored by the Diocesan Mexican-Spanish Apostolate. Another Spanish Mass is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 P.M. in the chapel of St. John's Catholic Center, Little Rock. Communal Anointing Scheduled Little Rock -- Communal anointing of the infirm and aged of Greater Little Rock has been scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 24, during the noon Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 1321 South Van Buren here. The pastor, Father Louis J. Janesko, has invited priests and faithful from all central Arkansas parishes to par- ticipate in the Mass and Anointing of the Sick provides for a communal anointing service that may be conducted during the celebration of Mass, and Father Janesko said he hopes "this service may arouse a greater sense of concern for the sick and elderly." Father Robert A. Torres, diocesan liturgical commission chairman, has sent detailed and elderly parishioners to participate in the communal anointing. He said several nurses will be on hand, and special groups of Good Counsel parishioners will be available to assist invalids and han- dicapped. Father Janesko pointed out that Good Counsel Church may be entered without using steps. mitred in writing to the Diocesan Liturgical Com- mission. 4. While there is no set number of how many extraordinary ministers a given parish should have, there should be a sufficient number so that this ministry will not become a burden for anyone. 5. Every candidate, no matter how well-educated or trained, must receive instructions on the various (historical, theological and spiritual) aspects of the Eucharist pertaining to this ministry. This may be given by the pastor or Diocesan Liturgical Commission. 6. Upon completion of this in- struction, the candidate will receive through his pastor a written mandate. This mandate is to comprise a period of three years, but a person may serve a shorter period of time or have the mandate renewed. 7. When the candidate has received the mandate, he may not act as an extraordinary minister until: a) The people of the parish have been initially in- structed at all Masses for two Sundays about the meaning and need for extraordinary ministers. b) There is a public, liturgical designation of these persons as ex- raordinary ministers of Communion at a Sunday Mass (or equivalent). 8. When a person acts as ex- traordinary minister at Mass, he or she should not perform any other role (lector, usher, etc.). 9. The extraordinary minister should not wear the liturgical garb of an ordained deacon or priest, yet should be dressed neatly in a way consonant with the dignity of his-her functional role (i.e., coat and tie for.a man). If desired, an additional Eucharistic symbol (medal, pendant, badge, cross, etc.) may be worn. EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS TO THE SICK A. A pastor, chaplain of hospital or institution may propose persons to be delegated to bring Communion to the sick under the following cir- cumstances: 1. The priest is faithful to his obligation and privilege as ,.e p.,pi, on 00ator, ay rdUnday of last week, you %11_  a letter from the Bishop " tlierning the Campaign for 'n Development You also r(I a " ,h t L homily tying the letter !1.1 le Words of Jesus (Luke _ O). In his "Live-ln" [i :V irwin tb, l s ln: tP:rn:;abener! ght enjoy thYe following: l !;' sus , upon entering ' passed tbrou the 'l h. ",ere was a man there . Cchaeus, the chief tax in faith and charity to their anointing service, instructions to pastors to guide SO wheelchairs can be em- brothers. The new ritual for the them in arranging for their sick ployed with no difficulty. SEE GU,DEL,NES PG.2 How Do You Feel When 'Good Things' Happen to Someone Else? By Most Rev. Andrew J. McDonald, D.D. Bishop of Little Rock collector and a wealthy man. He was trying to see what Jesus was like, but being small of stature, was unable to do so because of the crowd. He first ran on in front, then climbed a sycamore tree which was along Jesus' route, in order to see him. When Jesus came to the spot he' looked up and said, 'Zacchaeus, hurry down. I mean to stay at your house today.' He quickly descended, and welcomed him with delight. When this was observed, everyone began to murmur, 'He has gone to a sinner's house as a guest.' Zacchaeus stood his ground and said to the Lord: 'I give half my belongings, Lord, to the poor. If I have defrauded anyone in the least, I pay him back fourfold.' Jesus said to him : 'Today salvation has come to this house, for this is what it means to be a son of Abraham. The Son of Man has come to search out and save what was lost.' (Luke 19:1-10). Guess what I found when I looked in the pulpit this mor- ning? See this sheet? Of all things, it is a letter from the Bishop. Two years ago, we always took these letters and edited them on Saturday night. At least if the Bishop said, "Did you read my letter?", we could always say, "Yes, Bishop." Luckily he never asked, "How much of my letter did you read?" Since I became a Bishop, naturally, we read the letter from the beginning to the end. (I read the letter). Now I would like to tie the letter into what Jesus said to us in His holy gospel today. As you know, our faith tells us that Jesus is present in the Blessed Sacrament. For this reason, we take holy water when we come into the church to symbolize our separation from what goes on in the world. Before we enter the pew, we ..................... Our faith tells us that the priest will take a piece of bread and a cup of wine in a few minutes and change them into the body and blood of the Lord. Our faith tells us that the priest will say, "The body of Christ" when we ap- proach him at Communion time and receive Holy Communion. Our faith is so strong in the Blessed Sacrament, we do not need to labor the point. It is important, however, that we strengthen our faith in the presence of Jesus in His Holy Word. The gospel is Jesus speaking to us. Even in the old church, we recognized His presence by standing for the reading of the gospel. At High Mass the priest incensed the book because he wished to deepen our awareness of the presence of Jesus in His holy word. In processions these days, the lector holds the holy gospels aloft for our veneration. In the building of a new sanc- tuary, we place the Tabernacle on one side to remind us of Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament; we place a beautiful book stand on the other holding the bible to remind us that Jesus is present in His word. Can anyone of you remember what Jesus said to us today? He SEE TEXT ON PAGE 2