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Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Eucharist

Eucharistic Ministers


To understand why one should become a Eucharistic Minister, it is important to reflect on these words quoted in the Eucharistic Minister Handbook : "Yours is a share in the work of the Lord's Spirit who makes of us one bread, one body, the cup of blessing. Yours is a work of ministering Christ's body and blood to the body of Christ, the Church. Yours is service at the Lord's reconciling table. You minister holy food to holy people in the holiest of all communions."
The role of Eucharistic Ministers seems simple enough - to minister the Body and Blood of Christ to the assembled faithful and to take the Eucharist to sick and/or housebound parishioners, who are unable to get to Mass. In reality, the role of each Eucharistic Minister is to draw faith from the people of God, to become more and more like the Body and Blood of Christ.

Extraordinary Eucharistic Minsters serve many functions. From faithfully distributing Holy Communion at Mass, to leading prayer services in the nursing homes and taking Holy Communion to the sick and home bound, this profound ministry in aiding the ordained clergy of St. Michael Church is integral to a life of faith and joy in our Catholic Tradition.
Eucharistic Ministers must be in good standing with our Catholic Faith, able to receive Holy Communion themselves, and be properly disposed to serve the faithful readily. All Eucharistic Ministers are asked to check in at the Sacristy at least 15 minutes before Mass begins so that the presiding priest may know that the gathered people for Mass will receive Holy Communion efficiently.

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Most High and Glorious God,
You brought us in a new and intimate relationship with you through your son, Jesus, who tells us: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” As Eucharistic Ministers, help us to treat others as we would treat Jesus. Let us welcome one another and serve one another with all the kindness, respect and generosity that we would offer Christ.
Loving God,
All of us need food for the body and for the spirit. In your love for humanity, you sent Jesus to be your love and to teach us how to love, During His ministry on Earth, He fed us body and soul. Now, through His gift of the “Holy Eucharist” He continues to feed and nourish our souls. In the example of Jesus, may we care for one another’s spirit as we share the gift of Christ’s precious body and blood and may we become worthy servants and friends to one another through our ministry.
Heavenly Father,
As we gather in your presence, we ask you for wisdom and guidance. Help us to nurture and support each other in our ministry and bless our work. Amen.

Can I Become A Eucharistic Minister?

“If you would like to be considered for this ministry please speak to Fr. Philip”




Aims of Eucharistic Ministers

  • Assist the celebrant in distributing Eucharist at Mass. The minister looks each person in the eye and says, without rushing, “The Body of Christ,” “The Blood of Christ.” Each person has time to respond, “Amen.” The minister, again without hurrying, then places the Body of Christ in the hand or on the tongue and gives over the Blood of Christ.
  • Find your own replacement if you are unable to serve when scheduled.
  • Offer to minister on Holy Days and other special feasts.
  • Offer to minister even when you are not scheduled.
  • Join the other ministers in the sacristy before the liturgy begins for a short prayer.
  • Join in the blessing of the recommitment to service at the liturgy of your choice in late fall.
  • Be willing to serve at the Saturday and Sunday masses until there are a sufficient number of ministers in place to serve at these liturgies.
  • Attend the annual Liturgy Reflection Day.
  • To be a Eucharistic Minister is to be intent on the work of liturgy caught up in singing, procession and even silence.
  • To be a Eucharistic Minister is to know deeply that we are the Body and Blood of Christ.
  • To be with the praying community is to learn how to be in this world with reverence, with a love of God that is incarnate in how we speak to others, how we move amidst the holiness of matter and of time.
  • A fully initiated Catholic, having celebrated Lourdes Pilgrimage of baptism, confirmation, and First Eucharist.