Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are duly deputed by the Rector to assist the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass and to the shut-ins in the Cathedral Parish. Upon volunteering, individuals receive appropriate instruction and are then assigned duties at the various Masses throughout the week.
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, a person 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. A call for those interested in this service is put out to the parish prior to Ash Wednesday each year.
To learn more about becoming an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, please contact Fr. Rippy at the Rectory.