Yours is Service at the Lord’s Reconciling Table.
Eucharistic Ministers are called not only to minister the Body and Blood of Christ, but also to take on Christ’s likeness. The ministers accomplish this by strengthening their faith from within and sharing it with the faithful at communion time.
The role of Eucharistic Ministers seems simple enough: to minister the Body and Blood of Christ to the assembled faithful. In reality, the role of each Eucharistic Minister is to draw faith from the people of God, to become more and more like the Body and Blood of Christ.
Eucharistic Ministers are called not only to minister the Body and Blood of Christ, but also to take on Christ’s likeness. The ministers accomplish this by strengthening their faith from within and sharing it with the faithful at communion.
Why Should I Participate?
To understand why one should become a Eucharistic Minister, it is important to reflect on these words quoted in the Eucharistic Minister Handbook: “Yours is a share in the work of the Lord’s Spirit who makes of us one bread, one body, the cup of blessing. Yours is a work of ministering Christ’s body and blood to the body of Christ, the Church. Yours is service at the Lord’s reconciling table. You minister holy food to holy people in the holiest of all communions.”
Any Skills Needed?
Those who serve as Eucharistic Ministers should bring a strong faith, a sense of awe, and an inclusiveness of others as the foundation for their ministry.
Eucharistic Ministers must be comfortable in establishing a relationship with each communicant in what is most likely the most intimate moment in the liturgy.
What About Training?
Training is required to become a Eucharistic Minister. Training is offered in cooperation with the local Deanery. It generally consists of two evenings or one Saturday at a regional location and one evening at St. Hubert’s. Training classes are offered in the spring and in the fall.
Eucharistic Ministers are given the opportunity to provide input into their individual schedules. A committee seeks information about which Masses a minister would like to serve, collects this information from ministers approximately four times a year, and creates schedules based on this input. Generally speaking, Eucharistic Ministers are scheduled about twice a month. Because of a continuing need for Eucharistic Ministers at Sunday and Holy Day masses, Eucharistic Ministers are encouraged to check with the Mass Coordinator to see if their services are needed. At special times of the year, such as Christmas and Easter, sign-up sheets are posted in the narthex.
For more information, contact Yvonne Cassa 847-885-7700 x107.