EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION NEEDED
At this time each year, I begin to search for new volunteers for this wonderful ministry in our parish. This ministry involves assisting with the distribution of Holy Communion at our parish Masses on Saturday evening and on Sundays. It also involves bringing Holy Communion to our homebound and/or sick parishioners on Sunday mornings after the 9:30 or 11:00 am Masses.
If we have enough ministers, you would only serve once every 5 or 6 weeks. It is a very rewarding ministry and our homebound parishioners look forward to your visits every week. The mandate that the Bishops’ office issues for each minister is not a permanent one. It is for a 5-year term, renewable once. The reason for this is that neither the Church nor the Diocese desires to have Extraordinary Ministers see their ministry as a permanent one. This is the reason that we need to refresh the ranks of our ministers so that many of the faithful can share in the benefits of this wonderful ministry.
The attendance at a Diocesan training workshop is mandatory for newly appointed ministers. I hope that some of you are interested in this ministry. Please send
a letter to the "Attention: Fr. Rippy" or call the rectory to say that you are interested by April 1, 2017
Thanks for your consideration in this matter.