Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion are lay parishioners who assist with the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ during Mass or who bring Holy Communion to the sick and home-bound.
Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion must be fully initiated into the Church with the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist, be of sufficient Christian maturity with a definite and continuing relationship to the parish, and with a character and way of life that reflects a serious and well-formed faith and moral commitment. They must be in good standing in the Church.
Ministers of Holy Communion are expected to dress appropriately for their ministry. Shorts are not suitable clothing for either men or women while serving as Eucharistic Ministers. Proper clothes should be worn to show reverence for your service.
Arrive 15 minutes before Mass so that you will have time to get a cross to wear showing you are the Eucharistic Ministers for that mass and have time for prayerful preparation prior to the procession. The Eucharistic Ministers need to remain after Mass to prepare for the next Mass, or if necessary, to put the sacred vessels away.