“The primary reason for having Eucharistic ministers is a theological one, delineated especially well by St. Paul and St. Augustine. "The Eucharist is a gift to be given and received. The ritual interaction between the giver and receiver is an expression of the communion that lies at the heart of the church’s identity.”"
Margaret Mary Kelleher, OSU
At our 2010 Liturgical Formation Evening, Father Rob Spaulding presented the concept that what we do in Liturgy each Sunday is in fact “practice” for the people and situations we encounter after the sending rite, and we have left our parishes. A call to take on a fresh sense of ourselves as members of the Body of Christ, and to better understand what we have been given, so that we can in turn, share it with all those around us.
In a practical sense, our Extraordinary Ministers of Communion help to lend organization to the assembly gathered, so that we can enter into the mystery with a collective attitude of ritual and calm.
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion are trained annually, and then added to a rotating schedule which will fit with your preferred Liturgy time. This ministry is by invitation of the pastor, but if you feel strongly called to serve the community as an Extraordinary Minister of Communion, you can contact Chris and Dan Aneiros.