Christ’s faithful are to hold the blessed Eucharist in the highest honour. They should take an active part in the celebration of the most august Sacrifice; they should receive the sacrament with great devotion and frequency, and should reverence It with the greatest adoration. Canon 898
So, who are these fellow parishioners we see assisting our Priests every week? They are from all walks of life, varied backgrounds and cultures that have one thing in common; a love and devotion to Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist. How did they come to be Extraordinary Ministers? They are selected by the parish priest as persons with qualities of good Christian life, faith and morals, who strive to be worthy of this great office.
The names are then submitted to the Archbishop who approves the nominees and arranges for their mandating (either by the Archbishop or his direction to the parish priest). The term of their mandate is 2 years which is renewable for a 2nd term.
There are also Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the sick. These wonderful people serve Communion to those faithful who are confined to their homes or hospital and not able to attend Mass. As well they provide weekly Communion services in a number of the care facilities in the area. Our priests rely on the assistance of these EMs to meet the needs of those who otherwise would be unable to receive Our Lord.
If you feel drawn to serving the Lord in this ministry we suggest you approach Father Patrick and discuss this further with him. Also feel free to contact the coordinator, Gary José with any questions at 778.217.0821