Office for Worship

Diocese of Cleveland

emHC enrichment and refreshment

2016 enrichment and refreshment session registration is open!
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We are pleased to announce another opportunity for commissioned extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion to enrich and refresh themselves spiritually in their ministry.

And Laid Him in a Manger: Eucharistic Ministers and the Lucan Jesus Meal Scenes

As Eucharistic Ministers, we play a significant role in assuring that each person’s encounter with the Lord at the Eucharistic table is rich, meaningful and engaging.  To do this well, we need to recall continually what our ministry entails and renew our commitment to it, lest we succumb to ritual routine and non-meaningful engagement with others. The Jesus meal scenes in Luke’s gospel offer us much food for thought and reflection concerning our ministry.  As Jesus engaged others in the context of meals, we too engage others at the Lord’s table.  This presentation will offer reflections on what we can learn from the Lucan Jesus’ meal scenes that can impact the way we understand and carry out our ministry.

The speaker, Biagio Mazza, will be making two presentations in November:

Sunday, November 6, 2016 

2 – 4 p.m.
St. Bridget of Kildare Parish
5620 Hauserman Rd.
Parma, OH 44130Eventbrite - Enrichment for extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion - Sunday, Nov. 6 session

or Monday, November 7, 2016 
7 – 9 p.m.
Holy Family Parish
3179 Kent Rd.
Stow, OH 44224Eventbrite - Enrichment for extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion - Monday, Nov. 7 session


Biagio Mazza is Pastoral Associate at St. Sabina’s Parish in Belton, Missouri coordinating and facilitating Adult Faith Formation. Biagio was a staff member of the Center for Pastoral Life and Ministry in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph for over 17 years where he did ministry formation.  A contributor to The Catholic Bible, Personal Study Edition published by Oxford University Press, Biagio is also a contributor to Foundations for Preaching and Teaching published by Liturgy Training Publications and author of How to Teach Scripture, published by Paulist Press in 2010. 

Biagio was an adjunct instructor in scripture, theology, church history, and Islam for the Institute of Religious Studies facilitated through Benedictine College for the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, as well as adjunct Theology instructor for both Rockhurst and Avila universities in Kansas City, Missouri.  Biagio is active in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, especially with Jewish-Christian and Muslim-Christian dialogues. Biagio has a master’s degree in theology from Fordham University, Bronx, New York, with post graduate work at Maryknoll School of Theology, Maryknoll, New York.

Please note: these are NOT emHC formation sessions! These are intended for currently practicing extraordinary ministers!

For those unable to attend this November, additional sessions with a different guest speaker will be held in 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at 216-696-6525 ext. 4120.

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