Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the pastor in the distribution of Holy Communion during Mass and also to nursing homes, shut-ins and hospitals.
In our parish, this ministry requires a commitment to act as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at Mass at least once per month, preferably two, and at the Mass time of choice. The ministry schedule is set once a month. Availability for that time is requested two weeks prior to the beginning of the month of the schedule. If a minister is scheduled and is unable to fulfill their duty it is their responsibility to find a replacement from the ministers list provided.
This is an excerpt from the guidelines on the Archdiocesan website : "The faithful who are Extraordinary Ministers of Communion must be persons whose good qualities of Christian life, faith and morals recommend them. Let them strive to be worthy of this great office, foster their own devotion to the Eucharist and show an example to the rest of the faithful by their own devotion and reverence toward the most august sacrament of the altar."
In the Archdiocese of Vancouver the minimum age for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion is 21 years. There is no maximum age, but there is the requirement that any person serving this ministry must be fully mobile and be able to get up and back to the altar unassisted.
Usually the parish priest will ask a parishioner if they would serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, however if an individual is interested, or if they have previously served in this capacity at a previous parish, they could put their name forward to the parish office.
For more information about Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion FOR HOME/HOSPITAL VISITS: please contact the Parish Office