What does a Eucharistic Minister do?
- At Mass, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the Celebrant by distributing the Body and Blood of Christ to the congregation.
- Ministers may also choose to bring Eucharist to the homebound or hospitalized.
- Some Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion choose to only serve at Mass, while others choose only to serve the homebound and hospitalized. Others may choose to do both.
What is required to become part of this ministry?
- Regular Mass attendance.
- A devotion and reverence to the Eucharist as it is the Body and Blood of Christ. This includes appropriate dress for the Mass you serve at and how you present yourself while serving.
- A willingness to attend an initial training session and occasional retraining or ministry reflection based sessions.
- A recognition that one’s Eucharistic service at Mass is done to ensure orderly and timely distribution of Communion. A Eucharistic Minister holds no special status because of his or her service.
- If bringing the Eucharist to the homebound, a sense of caring and concern for the person and/or family requesting the visit.
- Being responsible enough to arrange for coverage if you can’t serve at an assigned Mass. Each minister is given a roster containing the names of other ministers and the Masses they can substitute at.
What is the time commitment?
- You select which weekend Mass at which you want to serve.
- Based on everyone’s preference, a schedule is developed and distributed to each Minister. The schedule lists the dates and times of each weekend Mass, who is assigned to each Mass, and what the assignment is (Host or Cup).
- Generally, you serve every 2-3 weeks.
- Special sign ups occur for major feast days (Holy Thursday, Easter, Christmas, etc.)
- There are no regular meetings of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
- You may resign this ministry at any time.
For Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound, contact
Donna Grotheer, Parish Nurse
(201) 261-3366 or DGrotheer@saint-peter.org
For Eucharistic Ministers at Mass, contact Marge Stafford at EMs@saint-peter.org.