Photograph courtesy of Ana Popoca, St. Ita Parishioner
Eucharistic Ministers are referred to as extraordinary ministers because their responsibility is to assist the 'ordinary' ministers of Communion, namely priests and deacons, in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ to the faithful assembled. Being an extraordinary minister of Communion first involves living a faithful witness to what it is to be a part of the Body of Christ. Communion ministers are encouraged to strengthen and grow in their devotion to the Eucharist as a means of better serving those to whom they minister.
Ministers are mandated and given pastoral approval to carry out this ministry. Training is provided. The practical commitment of Eucharistic Ministers involves serving at the Mass which you are scheduled. Additionally, you may be asked to attend an occasional meeting for further enrichment. St. Augustine said of receiving the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist, "It is your own mystery which you receive. It is to what you are that you reply 'Amen,' and by replying subscribe."