Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
At St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, Extraordinary Ministers contribute to the liturgies by assisting our priests and deacons in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ. We may also bring the Holy Eucharist to sick and shut-in parishioners who are unable to worship with us.
The Second Vatican Council opened up the ministry of distributing Communion. Bishops were permitted to appoint laypeople to distribute Communion, and these are now called “extraordinary” ministers. Ordinary ministers were ordained clergy.
Our bishop has delegated to pastors the authority to commission extraordinary ministers within their parishes. Service is restricted to the parish for which commissioned.
People are called to this ministry by Christ, not recruited to it. If you have reflected on your faith and God's goodness, perhaps you want to give back to the One who made you and blessed you. Bringing the perfect gift of Christ's Body and Blood to others may be your call to serve in the parish.
If you have a special devotion to the Eucharist and would like to learn more about this ministry, contact email@example.com.