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What's an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion?

"Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion" is the formal title of laypeople who distribute the Eucharist during Mass. As the title implies, there are also "ordinary ministers" - those who are literally "ordained" to the ministry namely bishops, priests, and deacons. These ministers are usually the first in order to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ, the deacon being the customary distributor of the cup.

In most places, especially when Communion is offered under the forms of both bread and wine, there are rarely enough "ordinary" ministers for the timely distribution of Communion.

For this reason, we will be highlighting the Ministry of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, on the weekend of June 9/10. Training is provided and periodically, spiritual education is offered.  With 4 Masses on a weekend and 7 to 8 ministers required for each Mass, volunteers are needed to serve in these positions.  If you feel a calling to help in this ministry or need more information, please contact Stephanie Hill in the parish office at 762-2362. 



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