Recent decades have seen an evolution of the Church’s understanding of an appreciation for the Eucharist. The Second Vatican Council proclaimed the centrality of the Eucharist in our Catholic faith, declaring it is the source and center of our life as Christians.
A significant change, expressed in the 1973 Vatican instruction Immensae Caritatis, was the permission for non-ordained ministers to distribute holy communion, both during and outside Mass.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
In every celebration of the Eucharist, there should be a sufficient number of ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner. Bishops, priests and deacons distribute Holy Communion in virtue of their office as ordinary ministers of the Body and Blood of the Lord.
When the size of the congregation or the incapacity of the bishop, priest, or deacon requires it, the celebrant may be assisted by other bishops, priests, or deacons. If such ordinary ministers of Holy Communion are not present, the priest may call upon extraordinary ministers to assist him, (including) other faithful who have been deputed for this purpose.
Becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
*Desire to serve the Lord
*A practicing member of SS. Peter and Paul Parish
*High school age and confirmed
*Belief in the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist
*Training is required and conducted by the Pastor/Associate Pastor
*To fulfill your commitment to your assigned day
*Arrive early and check in
*Sit where you can easily leave the pew and arrive at the altar on time
*To reverently distribute the Body and Blood of Christ
*Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion can chose either the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday or 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. (Polish), or 12:00 p.m. Mass on Sunday.
*Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion may serve as often as the schedule allows. When unable to serve as scheduled, a substitute should be found.
*Assignments are posted in the parish bulletin and in the Sacristy.
*Three Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are needed for Saturday/Sunday Masses.
*Training is provided by the parish priest(s), as often as needed.
REVERENCE and ATTIRE
*Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should show a reverence for the Eucharist. That reverence is reflected in their demeanor at Mass (full, active and conscious participation at liturgy), their attire, and the manner in which they handle the Eucharist. A neat and reverential appearance is in keeping with the minister’s role and belief in the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The minister’s attire should not detract from that role.
*Appropriate attire is expected when performing your ministry. Women: skirts and blouses, dresses, pant-suits. Men: slacks, and sport shirts, tie.
*Jeans, shorts, Tee-shirts, short skirts, sleeveless dresses and shirts, halter tops, sports uniforms, tennis
shoes and sneakers are not appropriate dress for men and women serving as Ministers in the
Please call the Worship Office at 313-846-2222 ext. 119 for more information.