This ministry assists the Ordinary Ministers of Communion (Bishops, Priests and Deacons) to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ at daily and weekend Masses, Holy Days and special events. Persons who wish to become Extraordinary Ministers should contact Father Najim. With Father Najim’s approval, names are submitted to the diocese. Training and commissioning will be coordinated upon final approval.
Eucharistic Ministers Responsibilities
- You should arrive 10-15 minutes before your assigned Mass. If you are unable to attend the assigned Mass, it is your responsibility to get a substitute. When possible inform the Sacristan assigned to the Mass that you will not be there. Their names are listed weekly in the bulletin.
- When you arrive at church, let the celebrant priest know that you are there to assist at communion. If you are substituting for someone, let the celebrant know as well.
- Please dress appropriately: no jeans, shorts, tee shirts, etc. Remember it is an honor to serve the Lord. He deserves our best. Distribution of the Eucharist should be in a reverent and orderly manner.
- After the sign of peace, promptly proceed to the right or left side of the altar and remain there until the priest communicates himself.
- Once you have received communion and have been given the cup or host for distribution, proceed to a position for distribution to the congregation. If you are on the right side of the altar be sure the servers have been offered both species then proceed to distribution of the congregation. When you offer the consecrated bread say “Body of Christ” or the wine say “Blood of Christ.” There are to be no substitutions to what is said.
- When the distribution of hosts to the congregation is completed, proceed to go to the tabernacle and wait for the priest or deacon. If you are a minister of the cup, proceed to the credence table and leave the chalice there, covered with a pall. Please wait until communion distribution is completed the return to your seat. If you cross in front of the altar only, stop, bow then proceed to your seat. This is a bow and not just a nod of your head. No bow is necessary if you are returning to your seat on the sides of the church.
If a host would drop to the floor, you should pick it up, place it in your hand under the ciboria until distribution is completed. Let the priest or deacon know so they can handle dispose of the host either by consumption or by placing it in the ablution cup.