Extra-ordinary Ministers of Communion
“In every celebration of the Eucharist, there should be a sufficient number of ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner. Bishops, priests and deacons distribute Holy Communion in virtue of their office as ordinary ministers of the Body and Blood of the Lord.
When the size of the congregation or the incapacity of the bishop, priest, or deacon requires it, the celebrant may be assisted by other bishops, priests, or deacons. If such ordinary ministers of Holy Communion are not present, “the priest may call upon extraordinary ministers to assist him, i.e., duly instituted acolytes or even other faithful who have been deputed for this purpose. In case of necessity, the priest may also depute suitable faithful for this single occasion (GIRM 162).”
Description: The proper celebration of the Eucharist requires the involvement of many people, notably, lectors and extra-ordinary ministers of communion. Persons interested in these public ministries need to discern their suitability with the pastor. Ministers of Communion must be approved by the Bishop.
Commitment: Usually once or twice per month. Liturgical ministers should be willing to serve at any of our three churches, and as needed at other Masses, besides their preference.
Training: Provided periodically by the Pastoral Minister
Contact: Pastoral Minister, Carol Jacques-Dow, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 436-4555.