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.