As fewer priests serve increasing numbers of churches, lay involvement in local RC parishes is becoming more critical. The Serving the Church series offers practical handbooks for equipping people for lay ministry. This practical volume explores every aspect of serving as a eucharistic minister: what to do; how to learn vital skills; understanding the Eucharist more deeply; giving communion in church, to the sick or housebound; what can go wrong; what to do when there is no priest; rites of commissioning; spiritual preparation; a guide to the jargon.
"This book is surely a "must" for Eucharistic ministers, both in training, and for those already practising this ministry. It is informative, inspirational, and an unusually easy and interesting read for this type of book. More than that, a priest responsible for the selecting and training of lay people would gain understanding of the fears and worries that cause so much uncertainty and nervousness among people considering their suitability for serving in this way. (...) While recommending this book for those serving, and for those in training, I do feel that it would be a very useful exercise for all Catholics to read, with open hearts and minds, especially those who have reservations about lay people doing 'things' usually only performed by priest."
-- Margaret Butler