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Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Eucharistic Ministers are known by various names: The proper name is "Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion." These persons, whatever their title, have become an indispensable part of the ministry of Communion in parishes and religious communities.

As an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, you will serve in the absence of a priest or deacon. You assist regularly at all Masses in our Parish.  Invited by the priests, these individuals are specifically trained for their role and mandated by the Bishop for a specific term of 5 years with required refresher training every year.

No matter where you exercise this ministry, you are not a Communion distributor. You are a minister of Communion, a title that clearly identifies you as one who serves God's holy people.  Pope Paul VI explained the need for your service in his Instruction on Facilitating Sacramental Eucharistic Communion in Particular Circumstances (1973), where he described how a lack of sufficient clergy for the sharing of Communion could occur:
During Mass, because of the size of the congregation or a particular difficulty in which a celebrant finds himself; outside of Mass, when it is difficult because of distance to take the sacred species, especially in the Viaticum, to the sick in danger of death, or when the very number of the sick, especially in hospitals and similar institutions, requires many ministers.

With these circumstances in mind Paul VI authorized special ministers of Communion to share the Body and Blood of Christ with their fellow worshipers in the assembly and with those confined to their homes, so that no one "be deprived of this sacramental help and consolation."

Your ministry complements and extends the ministry of the clergy. Yet your ministry is not only that of "official assistant" to the clergy; it is a particular way of exercising your baptismal priesthood. You are among your fellow worshipers as one who serves; you cannot lose sight of your oneness with them, nor of your oneness with the presiding priest as he serves the assembly in its worship, You also have a ministry to your fellow liturgical ministers: you are to share with them the joy and strength your service brings to you, and so build them up in love.

For schedules, charts, and guidelines follow this link: Mass Ministry Schedules


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for Shut-ins

Those people who cannot attend Mass on Sunday or Holy Days because of illness are still very much a part of our Parish Community. Parish priests, deacons and special ministers bring Holy Communion regularly to area hospitals, nursing homes and shutins at home. If you or someone you know has such a need, call the rectory and inform the secretary.