Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

As baptized Catholics, we are called to be a "priestly people."  We do not simply "attend" Mass, but rather participate in the Mass by joining with the celebrant to give thanks to God and offer the sacrifice.  The document Lumen Gentium of the Second Vatican Council stated "the faithful indeed, by virtue of their royal priesthood, share in the offering of the Eucharist."  The baptized faithful are set apart for service as well.  Assisting priests and deacons in administering Holy Communion at Mass and bringing the sacrament to the sick and homebound as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is one form of service to the Church, the people of God.

At Mass, during the Liturgy of the Eucharist, extraordinary ministers assist in the smooth distribution of Holy Communion.  They do this only in the latter part of the Mass, but they participate throughout as a member of the priestly people.

Extraordinary ministers also bring the sacrament to those who are sick and homebound as part of our parish homebound ministry.  In this way, those who are unable to participate in Sunday Mass with the entire assembly can still share in the communion of sacrament and friendship.

Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion should have a deep love for the Eucharist and a desire to serve.  A training session of approximately two hours is required.  Ideally, extraordinary ministers serve a term of three years.

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