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Living Liturgy for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Living Liturgy for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Year B (2021)
Katy Beedle Rice, Orin E. Johnson, and Verna Holyhead, SGS

ISBN: 9780814664643, 6464
Details: 144 pgs , 5 1/4 x 8 1/2
Publication Date: 07/15/2020


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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 2020 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

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

Orin Johnson has been director of music ministries at Sts. Joachim and Ann Parish in St. Charles, Missouri, since 2012. There, he directs a children's choir, a contemporary ensemble, a funeral choir, and a team of cantors, and supervises two other choirs and liturgical ministries at a K-8 parochial school. He was also coordinator of music and liturgy at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois, from 1998 to 2012. He resides in St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife, Erin, and pet dog, Gracie.

Verna Holyhead, SGS (1933-2011), Australian Sister of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St. Benedict, wrote with an emphasis on biblical scholarship, liturgical insight, and pastoral challenge. She is the author of the three-volume collection Welcoming the Word in Year A, B, and C, published by Liturgical Press. Drawing from the wisdom of the community, her gospel reflections are included in this volume.

John R. Donahue, SJ, PhD, is the Raymond E. Brown Distinguished Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore. He is the author of Life in Abundance: Studies of John's Gospel in Tribute to Raymond E. Brown, S.S., and Hearing the Word of God: Reflections on the Sunday Readings, published by Liturgical Press.

Amy Ekeh is the director of Little Rock Scripture Study. She is an instructor in the Catholic Biblical School in the Archdiocese of Hartford, where she also facilitates retreats and missions. She is the author of Advent, Season of Divine Encounter; Lent, Season of Transformation; and Finding Peace, Letting Go of Stress and Worry. Visit her blog at

Brother Dennis Gunn, CFC, PhD, has served as a teacher in K-12 education in various Catholic schools throughout the United States and South America. He is currently assistant professor in the Education Department at Iona College, New Rochelle, New York. He is the author of Educating for Civic Dialogue in an Age of Uncivil Discourse, published by Routledge.

John W. Martens, PhD, is professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas and director of the master of arts in theology program at St. Paul Seminary, School of Divinity, St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of three volumes of The Word on the Street: Sunday Lectionary Reflections, published by Liturgical Press, and Paul, Pastoring God's People in the Little Rock Scripture Study Alive in the Word series.

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