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Ministers of the Eucharist started at Holy Spirit in 1972 or 1973. There were seven lay ministers for each of our five Masses. People were chosen by the Pastor or Associate Pastor. They had to be a practicing Catholic, in good standing, and had received Baptism, Confession, Communion, and Confirmation. They received training from the Pastor or his designee.
There are currently 165 people, with eight to be trained. There are two teams for each of the six Masses, and a list of substitutes. We alternate serving on Sundays.
We assist the presider “during Mass, because of the size of the congregation or a particular difficulty in which a celebrant finds himself.” Pope Paul VI explaining Facilitation Sacramental Eucharistic Communion in Particular Circumstances (1973).
Eucharist Ministers are lay people serving the Catholic Church by distributing Holy Communion during Mass. We are involved in may thing including First Communions, Confirmations, Weddings, Funerals, Holy Week Liturgies, etc., throughout our parishioners’ lives. This is one of the most rewarding and at the same time humbling ministries available to the lay person.