This special ministry is a blessing to all who participate. The ministers assist the priests with the distribution of Communion, under both species, to parishioners at Mass and to the sick and shut-ins in their homes. Those taking Communion to the shut-ins must have a pyx and must carry the pyx in a pouch around the neck and go directly from the church to the shut-in.
Certification through a diocesan workshop is required after registration and approval of the pastor.
A deep desire to serve the community is a prerequisite for this ministry, as well as having an understanding of the solemn and holy duty this entails.
Three ministers are needed at Sunday 4:30 pm vigil, 8:00am, 9;30 am and 5:30 pm Masses, and seven are needed at the 11:00 am Mass at which communion of both the Body and Blood of Christ are distributed. Eight ministers are needed during special masses such as during the Christmas and Easter celebrations. The daily Masses require two ministers Monday –Friday with only one on Saturday.
The ministers rotate Sunday Masses, with a schedule being mailed two weeks in advance.If work schedules prevent you from serving weekday Masses, you can be put on the week-end Masses only.
If ministers are unable to serve at the Mass to which they been assigned, they are required to get a substitute.
All ministers must be able to ascend and descend the altar steps without difficulty.
If you are a parishioner in good standing, and wish to apply to become a minister of the Eucharist, you may call the rectory for information.