The ordinary minister of Holy Communion is the bishop, priest and deacon. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are appointed in situations where ordinary ministers are not available or are insufficient in number. Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion have been appointed in the Parish of St. Timothy:
- To facilitate the distribution of Holy Communion within Mass because of the large number of communicants and the presence of only one priest and deacon.
- To allow for a more frequent, even daily, administration of Holy Communion outside of the Mass to those impeded from attending Mass because of sickness or physical weakness.
Requirements for Eligibility
To serve as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, persons must:
- Be a practicing Catholic, distinguished in their Christian life, faith and morals.
- Be at least 19 years old.
- Have received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
- Demonstrate a deep reverence for and devotion to the Holy Eucharist.
- Be an active registered member of a parish in the Archdiocese.
- If married, the marriage must be a valid Catholic marriage.
All candidates attend an Archdiocesan training session (one time only) and a parish session of training before being commissioned for a three year period in the parish. Ministers are expected to serve regularly and are placed on a schedule.
Some Extraordinary Ministers bring Eucharist to the sick, homebound and frail in our community and are usually considered part of the parish Pastoral Care Team.
Extraordinary Ministers are recommended by our pastor. Anyone who has interest in this ministry should make their desires known to him.