Key talk highlights the value of the church’s special ministers

Father Ashley Beck gave a talk at a Day of Recollection for extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and Readers, exploring the structure of Mass and the Eucharist.

The day of recollection, earlier in November, came as the Church marked the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second Vatican Council. This Council, Father Beck noted, had called for the liturgy to be renewed and revised in 1962, leading to the ministry carried out in parishes.

“Those of you who are ministers of Holy Communion in particular should remember that you act with the direct commission of the archbishop, not your parish priest,” he said. “Your role is a symbol of the corporate life of the diocese shown in the place where the Church has its most profound sense of identity: the celebration of the Mass.”

During his talk, Father Beck discussed how Pope Francis has chosen to mark the golden jubilee of the end of the Council with a special jubilee Year of Mercy, as well as the structure of Mass and the meaning of its different elements. In a second session, he focused on Eucharistic communities of mercy and resistance.

You can read Fr Ashley’s full talk here.