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Extraordinary Ministers of Communion

Catholics believe the Eucharist is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.

Your willingness to serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Communion, reflects not only response to your Baptismal call to serve the people of God, but a commitment to Christ as you share in the preaching, teaching and leading aspects of the church.

Eucharistic Ministers prayerfully serve the faithful of our parish church communities by distributing the Body and Blood of Christ during mass on Saturday and Sunday masses.​

Who can be an Extraordinary Minister?

You must be at least 18 years of age.

What the responsibilities?
  • Filling in a volunteer application form first and returning it to the parish priest. You will have an interview with the priest before you start.
  • You are to arrive on-time and at least 15 minutes early.
  • Dress in appropriate church attire and wear a robe for communion. 
  • You will perform all tasks with dignity and reverently.
  • It will be your responsibility to find coverage if you are not able to make your scheduled weekends. You are also let the Priest know if you are not coming and who your replacement is.
  • During the Rite of Communion, you are to help the Priests share the Eucharist.
  • You will participate in the mass from beginning to end.
  • You will enter the Sanctuary during the Rite of Communion after the sign of Peace.
  • You should attempt to make eye contact when raising the Host and saying “The body of Christ.”
  • For those wishing to receive only a blessing, this is done by holding a hand over their head and saying “May God blesses you”. Do not make the sign of the cross over them.
  • You will be prepared to respond to any special circumstances that may arise during the Liturgy.

Do I require a police check?

This Position is considered a Low Risk position; therefore, a police check is not needed.

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