Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are men and women of the parish who assist the priest in distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass and other liturgical services. In addition, some Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion may also bring Holy Communion to those who are homebound, nursing homes or hospitals, prisons or others unable to attend Mass.
By extraordinary, we do not mean special, distinguished or set apart. The ordinary ministers of Holy Communion are the priests and deacons. Primarily, the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion make sure the communion rites takes place in a length of time that is not out of proportion to the whole liturgy. Those who are called to this ministry must, above all else, know how to be truly present to others in the moment they have. They are brothers and sisters in the very body and blood they are sharing, and not only speak their faith in saying “The Body of Christ” they call forth the faith of the one receiving.
Ministry formation and training sessions are offered throughout the year with the expectation of regular attendance. They are expected to be present 15 minutes before Mass, to sign in and dress modestly and appropriately. On occasion, they may be called on to serve Mass when there are not enough ministers to accommodate the number of people present.
If you would like to become an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, please call the Parish office.