Those Who Serve
Glen Ford and his family have been parishioners at Saint Thomas More since it began at Copper Creek. Glen has been an Eucharistic Minister since 1980. After joining St. Thomas More he continued to be an EM along with his wife, Aline. He has always enjoyed serving communion because it makes him feel like he is a real part of the Mass. Shortly after the church was completed he became the EM Captain of the five o’clock mass. The first responsibility of the captain is to see that all 19 EM positions are filled for Mass. A favorite of his is the taking of communion to those who cannot come forward to receive. After the mass, he gathers all of the vessels used at the Mass. The priest or deacon must purify the vessels used. This is done by using a purificator to brush out all pieces of the host into a chalice. Then a little water is poured into each cup to collect any drops of the Precious Blood that is left in the vessels. That is then poured in with the Host crumbs. Then it is consumed and the cups are washed with soap and water and dried, then stored. Glen feels deeply the responsibility of protecting the Body and Precious Blood of Jesus.
Aline Ford enjoys the honor of distributing the body and blood of Christ but says she does not feel worthy of this privilege. She was also personally invited to be a Sacristan. She again felt honored but requested instructions so she would be sure to do things correctly. Non-consecrated hosts go in a separate bowl with the large host on top. Then the wine is poured – 8 ounces in each cup. When completed all items are then placed on trays on the credence table and covered with purificators, ready for the Mass.
The non-consecrated hosts and wine cruet are placed on the gifts table in the back of the church. Aline says the feeling she has from this process is “awesome”. She also enjoys the time and privacy of preparing these sacred gifts. Aline also trains new Sacristans.
Service Runs in the Family
Daughter Becca is an EM and a Sacristan.
Granddaughter Gabby is an EM, Usher, Altar Server and is on the advisory board of (T.U.F.) Teens United in Faith.
September 28, 2017