Every time we celebrate Mass, Jesus comes to us — Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, heaven touches earth and the bread and wine we present at the offertory become the literal Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior. It is mind-blowing — yet, there’s more! Jesus invites us to partake of His actual Body and Blood, to become one with Him in the most intimate way. And when we declare our “amen” prior to receiving the Eucharist, we profess our belief in this deep reality of Christ’s unconditional love for us.
Mass after Mass, this beautifully profound act of communion takes place in large part to our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The men and women of this ministry assist the priest in distributing the Eucharist so that as all of us approach the altar, we are able to do so in a timely and organized manner.
And as Mindee Miller explains it, the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion feel blessed to serve.
“It feels so powerful to be a part of the Mass in this way,” Mindee says. “I feel the presence of Jesus when I distribute Communion to others. Seeing the looks on their faces as they receive, it is amazing!”
Mindee became an Extraordinary Minister about two years ago, although she did the training before that.
“I trained before COVID,” Mindee says. “But then I got nervous and decided I wasn’t ready to serve.”
Then, two years ago, Mindee felt called to step into this ministry, and her active service as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion began. Today, Mindee says she loves it so much she would serve every week if she could!
“I understand that people are nervous to serve as Eucharistic Ministers — I was!” she says. “But when I finally did it, I found myself amazed at how it impacts me. It is such a blessing. It makes me so happy to be able to do this!”
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion volunteer to serve and then undergo an hour-long training session under the guidance of Gina Bergman, the ministry’s coordinator. After the individuals are trained, their names are sent to the diocese, where they are mandated as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Then, the Extraordinary Ministers are placed on a schedule to serve at the Mass they most often attend.
Currently, we have a great need for more Extraordinary Ministers, so if you feel called to serve, don’t hesitate. Reach out! Now that we have brought back Communion under both species — the Precious Body and the Precious Blood— we need more people to distribute. Please consider whether Christ is calling you!
“It is a perfect time for people to get involved,” Mindee says. “Don’t be intimidated. Everyone is helpful, and once you do it a few times, you will feel comfortable.”
Take some time to consider whether God is calling you to serve the Church in this manner. If so, reach out! You are sure to feel richly blessed as a result!
If you feel called to serve with this ministry, contact Gina Bergman at 217-430-6080.