A Eucharistic Minister is a parishioner, selected by the Pastor and mandated by the Bishop, who serves, distributes, and administers the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ during the Holy Communion or Eucharist of the Church Service. In the Catholic Mass, they are referred to more accurately as “Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion” (the “ordinary” minister being the priest celebrant).
Eucharistic Ministers are called not only to minister the Body and Blood of Christ, but to have and maintain a strong faith, a sense of awe, and an inclusiveness of others as the foundation for their ministry. The ministers accomplish this by strengthening their faith from within and sharing it with the faithful at communion time. Eucharistic Ministers must be comfortable in establishing a relationship with each communicant in what is most likely the most intimate moment in the liturgy.
Eucharistic Ministers are also asked to bring Holy Communion to people within the parish community who are sick and/or homebound. The experience in bringing the Body of Christ to others, who can not attend mass due to illness or other limitations, is truly a gift from God.
Eucharistic Ministers primary duties are to help distribute the Body and Blood to the congregation at each mass. In addition, the Eucharistic Ministers bring Holy Communion to home-bound parishioners.
The Eucharistic Ministers for the Vietnamese community hold an annual meeting at one of the members’ home. Next meeting will be on Dec. 20th, 2011 at 10am. Please contact Peter for more details
Our ministry is dedicated to the service of the sick and homebound, assuring that they can participate in the experience of the Holy Eucharist when they are unable to attend Mass.
Eucharistic Ministers to the sick bring the Holy Eucharist to anyone who is unable to attend Mass and provide an abbreviated Sunday service for them.
The Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick is a once a month commitment. After the 7:30 Mass on Sunday, a group of ministers meet outside the back of the church and say a prayer before they go and visit the sick and homebound.
This is a wonderfully rewarding ministry, where we have the honor of providing the holiest of sacraments to our brothers and sisters who otherwise would not be able to receive Holy Communion.