ABOUT: It is truly a privilege to bring Christ to your fellow parishioners. The Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (which is sometimes informally shortened to Eucharistic Minister) gives lay people the opportunity to assist the priest and deacon in distributing Communion at Mass.
WHAT WE DO: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion bring the Body and Blood of Christ out to the people at Mass and then help prepare the vessels to be used at the next scheduled Mass.
REQUIREMENTS: All ministers must be baptized and confirmed Roman Catholics in good standing with the Church who regularly share in and are devoted to the Eucharist. They must also show a commitment to their faith and demonstrate an interest and involvement in our parish community life. Teens, beginning in their sophomore year of high school, are also eligible.
TIME COMMITMENT: Training on the distribution of Communion and rituals of the Mass is provided. Ministers are scheduled to serve three to six times each calendar quarter, taking into account everyone’s Mass preference, vacations, and holiday plans.
ARE YOU INTERESTED? If you’d like to be considered for this special ministry, contact Patti Muldoon or Scott Scelfo at 708-771-5456 or firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Parish Office.
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“When my son KJ was preparing to make his First Holy Communion,
I decided to recommit myself to the parish. The training and experience
were both enlightening and moving to my spirit. I have since encouraged
my husband Ken and both of my children to also serve as Extraordinary Ministers.
We now serve as a family. We are still honored and moved each time we step up.”