Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion - Ministry Information

Ministry Information


  • A practicing Catholic of faith and prayer
  • A love and devotion to the Eucharist
  • A willingness to engage in ongoing formation
  • A gift of hospitality

General Responsibilities

  • At Sacred Heart Parish, parishioners are invited throughout the year to come forward to serve in this ministry of distribution of the Holy Eucharist. Although ministers are not limited in terms of service, all are encouraged to take the blessings of this ministry into other parish ministries by their active involvement and support of a variety of ministries of service.
  • Those invited to serve in this ministry are designated only for service in this parish. Eucharistic Ministers should not take it upon themselves to bring Communion to a parent, family member, friend or neighbor, unless permission is given from the pastor /parish life director or his designee, of the parish in which the person resides. Specially trained Outreach Eucharistic Ministers have this responsibility.
  • The selection of and invitation to serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is a reflection of the diversity of the parish. An invitation to join the ministry does not mean that one is "better or holier than another", nor is an invitation indicative of a reward of some sort.
  • There are eight ministers of the Eucharist including the priest and deacon, so that six (6) Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are assigned to each of the regularly scheduled weekend Masses.
  • The ministry schedule, which in most cases will be for twelve weeks, will be made available in the Narthex the weekend prior to the first weekend of the new schedule. Those not picked up over the weekend will be mailed out during the week so that all liturgical ministers will have the updated schedule prior to the first week of the new schedule. The ministry schedule is also available on line at sacredheartboise.org.
  • Be sure to notify the parish office at 344-8311 of any known schedule issues, e.g. vacations or changes in availability for the following months, so the schedule may be prepared appropriately.
  • Remember it is your responsibility to secure a substitute should you have a schedule conflict.
  • If you repeatedly miss your scheduled time for serving without securing a substitute you will be removed from active ministry.
  • When you come forward from the assembly to fulfill your ministry at Mass, and when returning to your place within the assembly after fulfilling your service within the Liturgy, do so quietly and efficiently without calling attention to yourself.
  • If, after the Sign of Peace has been completed, there appears to be missing ministers, please come forward to fill in, if you are dressed and prepared appropriately.