The faithful who are special ministers of communion must be persons whose good qualities of Christian life, faith, and morals recommend them. Let them strive to be worthy of this great office, foster their own devotion to the Eucharist, and show an example to the rest of the faithful by their own devotion and reverence toward the most august sacrament of the altar.
— Immensae Caritatis, #1/VI

In sharing the Eucharist, Christians have followed Christ’s loving invitation: “Take and eat; take and drink.” With the bread of life and the cup of salvation, Christians enter into the fullest experience of the Lord’s presence. In both the bread broken and the wine poured out, Christians proclaim the Lord who died and who is raised to life.

The ministers of Eucharist serve at such a banquet. By their ministry, the bread and wine of the eternal banquet is served as the Lord designed: “Take and eat, this is my body. Take this, all of you and drink from it, for this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant.”

The ministers of Eucharist perform the extraordinary service of sharing the presence of Christ with all who receive the body and blood of Christ. They are ministers of the assembly in service of the Lord.

Requirements for Ministry

  • Sincere Christians of any age from high school age through adulthood acknowledged by peers to be active Catholics; they should be at ease with other people

  • Be faithful Catholics who have received the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation and participate faithfully in the sacramental and liturgical life of the Church

  • Foster their own devotion to the Eucharist and show an example to the rest of the faithful by their reverent and prayerful manner.

In short, Eucharistic Ministers share the Body and Blood of Christ with those gathered at the celebration of the Mass.

To be eligible to serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion one must be a baptized Catholic, confirmed and under no canonical penalty.  They must also be an active practicing Catholic and at least 18 years of age.  If they are married, their marriage must have taken place in the Catholic Church or have been blessed in the Catholic Church. Eucharistic Ministers can choose the Mass time(s) they prefer. Schedules are prepared in advance.

If you are interested in participating in this ministry, please contact Fr. Bismarck.

Helpful Links

USCCB page on Extraodrinary Ministers of the Holy Communion

Instrucciones para Ministros de la Sagrada Comunion