What is a Pastoral Eucharistic Assistant?
A Pastoral Eucharistic Assistant (PEA) is authorised by the bishop to take the consecrated elements of the Eucharist to those who are unable to be present for the celebration. They will visit communicants under the guidance of the parish priest. They are important to the wider mission of the Church in caring for spiritual needs and by bringing a wider number of people into communion with the ParishChurch.
For example, they may take communion to:
- those who are housebound
- nursing and care homes of the parish
- members in hospital – with the Hospital Chaplain’s agreement
- Committed and active church member.
- Sensitive and well respected member of their church
- High standards of confidentiality
- Empathetic and caring nature
- Good communicator
- Spiritually and emotionally mature with well developed prayer life
- Must be willing to submit to DBS (Safeguarding) checks
- Maintain a personal devotional and prayer life
- Flexible team worker with other PEAs
- Regular communication with parish priest following visits
- Available to attend further training within parish or diocese as provided.
- Usually required to be available during the day as agreed with the priest
How is a PEA trained and licensed?
- The Parish Priest contacts the Lay Development Group
- The PCC is consulted with a view to licensing in due course.
- Practical experience with the parish priest
- Observing best practice of other PEAs
- Attending diocesan training days
Personal Development Plan
Once trained the PEA will meet on occasions with the Parish Priest to review the his/her work and reflect on areas which may need development.