Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion serve our parish as they assist the Ordinary Ministers of Communion (priests, deacons, bishops, and installed acolytes) in the distribution of the precious Body and Blood of Jesus Christ at the Mass. The Second Vatican Council stated that Catholics could receive Christ under both species. Obviously, priests needed help in accomplishing this; thus Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion came to be.
The Care Ministry is a group of Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers who take the Body of Christ, visit, and pray with people who are in nursing homes, homebound, or in the hospital. Their is a mission of love and spiritual comfort as they bring the most precious gift of the Eucharist to those who would otherwise not be able to receive at Mass.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for calling me to serve you and your people in this community as an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist. You know that I could never be worthy of such an exalted honor. Help me to be less unworthy by remaining free from sin. Let me nourish your people with the witness of my life as I feed them with the Body of Christ.
Grant your strength and holiness to all your extraordinary ministers and make us worthy to bring Christ to others.
In Jesus’ name, I pray.