Ministry of the Eucharist

The Holy Eucharist is the Source and summit of Christian life; the pinnacle of Catholic experience this side of heaven.

Three principles operative in the communion rite
  1. The priest is the ordinary minister of Communion
  2. Communion as source of unity in the new covenant
  3. Communion as expression of joy.

The laity's call to service
The baptized were invited to serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in 1973 by Pope Paul VI in the document Immensae Caritatis.

Some requirements to serve as a Communion Minister:

  • Must be fully initiated (BCE)
  • Live a life in accord with the faith of the church
  • To receive spiritual, theological and practical preparation for the ministry
  • Strive to be worthy of this ministry, foster their own devotion to the Eucharist, show an example to the rest of the faithful by their own devotion and reverence toward the sacrament.
  • Show the greatest reverence for the Eucharist and the faithful with whom they share the Body and Blood of Christ by their demeanour, attire and manner in which they handle the consecrated host and precious Blood.
  • Have a good understanding of the rites and prayers; take part in the service conscious of what they are doing with devotion and full involvement.
  • Join in the singing, exhibit attentive listening to the proclamation of the Word and participate in the dialogues.
  • Understanding the various parts of the Mass and their meanings.

Taken from Celebrations of Installation and Recognition. CCCB

Please feel free to Contact me for more information on this Ministry

Suzanne Walton
Pastoral Minister, St Justin's Parish
855 Jalna Blvd.
London, Ontario
N6E 2S2
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