Eucharistic Ministers

Yours is service at the Lord's reconciling table.
You name for each of us the gifts we have offered and the gifts we receive:
"The Body of Christ, the Blood of Christ."

Ministers of the Eucharist are many;
truly Eucharistic ministers
are what you must become.
Let your service at the Lord's table be of mercy and welcome
for all you know and meet. -- Austin Fleming

Qualifications

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist (Eucharistic Ministers) should:

  • be sincere Christians, persons known for their goodness, who seriously follow the Christian way of life. They should be at ease with other people.
  • be faithful Catholics who have received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist and participate fully in the sacramental and liturgical life of the Church.
  • foster their own devotion to the Eucharist and show an example to the rest of the faithful by their reverent and prayerful manner.

Specific Duties

The priest is the "ordinary" minister of the Eucharist. Extraordinary Ministers assist the priest with the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ when large numbers of people are present.

Some ministers with additional training assist at the altar with the portioning of the bread and the pouring of the wine. Eucharistic Ministers also assist with the consumption of any remaining Precious Blood after communion.

Finally, these ministers help with washing the sacred vessels after Mass and with preparing the elements for the next Mass.

Training

Training usually can be completed in one session, lasting approximately an hour and a half. Sessions are scheduled according to need and availability.

A small library of books and tapes is also available to Eucharistic Ministers for their ongoing formation.

Scheduling

At the training session, each new Eucharistic Minister fills out a form stating preferred Mass times and how often they wish to distribute communion on Sundays and/or holy days. For each scheduling period, ministers may request to be scheduled or not be scheduled for specific dates.

For more information or to set up a training date, contact Cindy Bremeier, Director of Liturgy, at 414-543-8292 ext. 213, or email [email protected] .

"Happy are those who are called to his supper."