Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

“Eucharist as a testament of Christ’s immense love, wonderful gift, greatest gift of all, therefore the greatest reverence toward this sacrament must be constantly maintained.”

Pope Paul VI

Does your love for the Eucharist include desire to distribute Communion at Mass or take Eucharist to hospitals, nursing homes or the homebound? Would you like to become more active in your parish liturgy by distributing Communion as an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist? If you say “yes”, Saint Thomas welcomes you to this important ministry!

Eucharistic Ministers share the real presence of Christ with the parish community. The Eucharist is at once a sacrifice, thanksgiving, praise, nourishment, healing, giving and receiving. It capsulates our faith in Jesus’ saving acts through his life, death and resurrection. A special minister of the Eucharist, in giving Christ to the communicant, is witness to Christ’s love.

Any practicing & fully initiated Catholic, 16 years or older, and current with their Safe Environment training are eligible to join this very special ministry. Training is provided twice per year or on an as needed basis. Please contact our Time & Talent Coordinator at 602.954.9089

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Sick & Homebound

This ministry brings the Eucharist to a member of the parish who is sick or homebound. This can be a long term or short-term assignment based upon the needs of the recipient. Once a need is communicated to the parish office, a minister is assigned to the parish member. The volunteer will contact the person in need, or the requester, to arrange a time and day for visits. This ministry is meant to serve those who are in an extreme circumstance and are unable to attend Mass with their parish community. It also requires the volunteer to have strong communication skills and maintain prudence when interacting with the sick/homebound and their caregivers/family.