Welcome to the Ministry of Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist!

An extraordinary minister of Holy Communion in the Catholic Church is, under the Code of Cannon Law, "an acolyte, or another of Christ's faithful deputed", in certain circumstances, to distribute Holy Communion.

     "The Eucharist constitutes the very life of the Church, for the Lord said, I am the bread of life.  No one who comes to me shall ever be hungry, no one who believes in me shall ever thirst."  "In every celebration of the Eucharist there should always be a sufficient number of ministers for the distribution of the Eucharist.  Priority is always given to ordinary ministers (bishops, priests, deacons) and auxiliary ministers (instituted acolytes).  When there are large numbers of the faithful present and there are insufficient ordinary and auxiliary members at hand, extraordinary ministers properly appointed beforehand should assist in the distribution of Communion."  (HLS #29).  Here at the Parish of St. Alexander and St. Joseph.  Your willingness to serve as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, reflects not only your 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.  You offer the Eucharist, recognize the Body of Christ in those to whom you offer Eucharist and ultimately you act as the Body of Christ by fully participating in the life of the parish and the wider community.  Your willingness to commit to a monthly schedule, to prepare properly for your service and to arrive on time dressed appropriately for Mass, further reflects that commitment. 

God bless your efforts.