Ministers of the Eucharist undertake the office of giving the Body and Blood of the Lord to their brothers and sisters and so serve to build up the Church.
To assist priest and deacons in the distribution of the Eucharist, either during the liturgy or to the home bound or hospitalized. Ministers exercise the roles of host and servant and the Eucharist meal. Their lives should be examples of Christian living and their devotion and reverence for the Holy Eucharist without question.
After a training session, ministers should be at the Mass in which they plan to serve 15 minutes before the start of it. Another 15 minutes is required after Mass to clean and store vessels and set up for the next Mass. A minister may serve as long as they wish or until asked to take on another liturgical ministry.
Gifts that are Needed and Developed for this Ministry
There must be a unity between your life inside and outside the liturgy. Generous self-giving must mark the lives of those that offer and share the one Bread and one Cup. Eucharistic Ministers must be truly present to others in the moment you share with the communicant. Anyone who is at least 16 years of age and has made his or her First Communion and Confirmation may volunteer.
New ministers must attend a one-hour training session. EM’s are also expected to attend any ongoing enrichment workshops (about once a year).
Benefits for the Volunteer:
The benefit for ministers for the Eucharist is that God the Father gives us a share in a ministry that we cannot deserve and would not dare ask for on our own.