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Living Liturgy for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Year A (2020)
Brian Schmisek, Diana Macalintal, and Katy Beedle Rice

ISBN: 9780814644249, 4424
Details: 144 pgs , 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 x 1/4
Publication Date: 07/22/2019


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This concise, easy-to-use resource from a team of fresh new voices provides spiritual nourishment and encouragement to help extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion prepare for their role during liturgy or visits to the sick and homebound. By focusing on the Sunday gospels and the Communion minister's own personal reflection, this indispensable aid helps those involved to reverently and prayerfully prepare and carry out their ministry.

Living Liturgy™ for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion begins with the First Sunday of Advent 2019 and includes the following:

  • Sunday-by-Sunday gospels
  • Personal reflections and prayers for Communion ministers
  • A brief theology of the ministry
  • A separate insert card with the rite for Administration of Communion to the Sick by an Extraordinary Minister
  • A page for inscription of the minister's name and church

This book is one book of a four book comprehensive guide for your parish. The complimentary books include:

Brian Schmisek is the provost and dean of faculties for Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. He most recently served as professor and dean of the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to coming to Chicago in 2012, he was the founding dean of the School of Ministry at the University of Dallas. His published works include The Rome of Peter and Paul: A Pilgrim's Handbook to New Testament Sites in the Eternal City (Pickwick), Ancient Faith for the Modern World: A Brief Guide to the Apostles' Creed (ACTA), Resurrection of the Flesh or Resurrection from the Dead: Implications for Theology (Liturgical Press), many other books coauthored for biblical study, and articles.

Diana Macalintal has served as a liturgist, musician, author, speaker, and composer for the last twenty-five years, and her work can be found in Give Us This Day and many other publications. She is the author of The Work of Your Hands: Prayers for Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments of Grace; Joined by the Church, Sealed by a Blessing: Couples and Communities Called to Conversion Together; and Your Parish Is the Curriculum: RCIA in the Midst of the Community (Liturgical Press). Macalintal is a cofounder of with her husband, Nick Wagner.

Katy Beedle Rice is a catechist and writer who lives with her husband and three children in Boise, Idaho. She is a formation leader for the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, training catechists who work with children ages three through six. Rice is also a contributing preacher for the Dominican Podcast theWord (, writes for Celebration Publications, a division of the National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company, and blogs about motherhood, ministry, and the Eucharist at

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