EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
In celebrating the Holy Eucharist, Christians follow Christ's invitation: "'Take and eat; this is my body.' Then he took a cup . . . 'Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins'" (Mt. 26:26-28). They also follow his command: "Do this in memory of me" (Lk 22:19). In the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, Christians enter into communion with the Body and Blood of Christ, the Real Presence of the Lord Jesus (cf. 1 Cor. 10:16). In the Holy Mass, by means of the Body and Blood of Christ, Christians proclaim the Lord who died and who rose to life again. This is the mystery of faith. Catholics believe that Christ is truly and really present in the Blessed Sacrament, under the appearances of bread and wine.
The purpose of this ministry is to assist our priests and deacons (ordained ordinary ministers) in the distribution of Holy Communion to the faithful. Besides serving at a Mass, you can also elect to serve by distributing to those who are homebound, a hospital patient or in a nursing home.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are lay men, women and teens who have been confirmed and are in full communion with the Catholic Church. Qualified candidates for this extraordinary service are nominated by the pastor and appointed by the Archbishop to serve. Once appointed, extraordinary ministers will be trained by receiving biblical, spiritual, and practical instructions in the distribution of the Sacred Species (the Body or Blood of Christ as appropriate). Upon completion of training, they are commissioned in a special ceremony at Mass and can then begin distributing the Body and Blood of Christ according to the guidelines approved by our Pastor.
To find out if you meet the criteria to become an Extraordinary Minister, please read the
. If you meet the criteria or have any questions, please contact Deacon Pat Cunningham at
or contact the parish office at (210) 824-0139.