Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion


In the Body of Christ there exists a wonderful variety of ministries, which are especially evident when we gather around the altar to worship God. By virtue of our baptism in Christ some of us are called to serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Mass are lay people trained by the parish to assist the presiding priest in distributing Holy Communion during Sunday and weekday liturgies. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for the Sick are lay people sent forth by the parish to bring the Word of God and the Eucharist to parishioners who are unable to join us at Sunday or weekday Mass because they are ill, homebound, in nursing homes, or in local care facilities.

Serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is both an honor and a respons-ibility, and those who commit to it deserve nurturing and support.

This is a ministry of both invitation and challenge, for when Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion distribute from the plate or cup into the outstretched hands of the assembly, they not only invite the assembly to receive the body and blood of Christ, but they challenge the assembly to become Him as well. Those who minister Communion are likewise invited and challenged. They are invited to serve the body of Christ at the Eucharist table and challenged to build up the body by the way they live. Love for the Eucharist should be evident in a mature and lively faith which enables them to bring Christ to all they meet long after the liturgy has ended.


Prayer for Eucharistic Ministers

May my behavior and the attitude of my heart reflect that holy honor as I strive to serve in a sacred way. With awe and wonder, I will hold in my hands the Body of Christ and His Sacred Blood, so that my sisters and brothers may be fed with the Food of Life. Make my heart and hands clean. Free me from anything of vanity and pride that might divorce me and the service that is mine from the heart of the Divine Mystery residing in this Holy Meal.  May I, with your constant assistance, truly wait upon You and Your people in this Holy Liturgy of Praise and Adoration. AMEN.





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And it happened that, while he was with them at the table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them.”

- Luke 24:30


Who can be a Eucharistic Minister?

Is there training for new Eucharistic Ministers?

Yes. Training is provided by the Ministry Coordinator.

How often would I be scheduled to serve?

Scheduling is worked out between the Ministry Coordinator and the Eucharistic Minister in a manner that is suitable for all persons involved.

Who do I contact for more information about serving as a Eucharistic Minister?

Please contact the parish office (520) 432-5753.


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