Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
Eucharistic Ministers assist the celebrant by helping distribute the Body and Blood of Jesus during Mass.
There are two time commitments. One is the time required at whatever Mass you are scheduled for, which takes about 10-15 minutes per Mass. EEMs are scheduled on a rotation that usually has them serving every 2 to 4 weeks, depending on how many ministers are available for a given Mass. The other time commitment is the time required to attend periodic training for certification or re-certification as an Extraordinary Minister. This may require attending an additional training session once or twice a year, usually on a weekday evening. These sessions typically last no longer than an hour. Initial certification is done during a training session that typically lasts about an hour. Re-certification training, done about once a year, takes about that long.
This is a liturgical ministry that involves handling the Sacred Body and Blood of Christ during Divine Worship. As such, ministers must be mature, confirmed Catholics in good standing with the Church. Special appreciation and reverence for the Real Presence of the Lord in the Eucharist is also required.
EEMs are scheduled as teams of three, with a designated team captain. It is the team that is scheduled, so if you're a minister, you know which team you belong to, and thus which Mass to attend. If you can't make a particular Mass for which you're scheduled, it is your responsibility to find someone to substitute for you. You should let your team captain know who your substitute is.
Teams are scheduled according to preferred Mass. EEMs can designate the Mass at which they'd prefer to serve, and they'll be assigned to a team that is scheduled for that Mass. Occasionally there won't be enough ministers to constitute a complete team, in which case some ministers are asked to be standbys for that Mass who can be called as substitutes.
Cindi Dortman, Parish Offices, (810) 982-7906
Eucharistic Ministers to the Hospitalized
An opportunity to offer the Eucharist to patients at McLaren Port Huron Hospital.
We work on an eight week rotation. Volunteers commit to visiting Catholic patients in their rooms each morning for one week. Working off of a list we offer prayer and support to patients and their families as well as giving the opportunity to receive the Eucharist.
We are presently in need of one volunteer to fill an empty week in the rotation however we would love to have teams of two individuals as the expansion of the hospital has increased the area we must cover.
There are no meetings other than the training provided.
"Providing an opportunity for patients and their families to receive the Eucharist, praying with them, listening to their story has been such a gift to me. There have been times when patients have been brought to tears with the timeliness of my visit. There have been occasions when I could facilitate a Priest to bring the sacrament of Reconciliation and Sacrament of the Sick. There is nothing that I do that brings me more joy than bringing the Eucharist to those who are unable to come to Mass."
Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound
Those serving in this ministry visit those Catholics in their home bringing them the Eucharist. There is a lot of flexibility due to the needs of the homebound and offers the Eucharistic minister flexibility in scheduling visits.
We presently have three volunteers who visit 3 or 4 homes offering companionship, prayer, and the Eucharist. Each of us determine our own schedules depending on the needs.
There are no scheduled meetings other than training.
“I was looking for an outlet to serve others at St. Mary Parish. I spoke to Barb Britz and decided that becoming a Eucharistic Minister was the right way for me.
The most surprising benefit of serving others as a homebound minister is the sheer joy I feel with every personal encounter! I bring the homebound the Body of Christ. We talk. We pray. I leave them feeling blessed to be a part of the experience and their lives. I believe I am exactly where God wants me to be when I minister to the homebound of St. Mary Parish."