Just as each of us has one body with many members, and not all the members have the same function, so too we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually members of one another (Romans 12:4-5).
In 1973, Pope Paul VI explained the need for your service in his Instruction on Facilitating Sacramental Eucharistic Communion in Particular Circumstances. “During Mass, because of the size of the congregation or a particular difficulty in which a celebrant finds himself; outside of Mass, when it is difficult because of distance to take the sacred species, especially in the Viaticum, to the sick in danger of death, or when the very number of the sick, especially in hospitals and similar instances, requires many ministers.” With these circumstances in mind Paul VI authorized special ministers of Communion to share the Body and Blood of Christ with their fellow worshipers in the assembly and with those confined to their homes, so that no one “be deprived of this sacramental help and consolation.” Since 1973 the Ministers of Holy Communion in the Parishes throughout the world have become a most important part of the Sacred Liturgy and most valuable to the Priest, Presider and Deacons.
Here at The Shrine of the Little Flower—The Parish and School of Saint Therese of the Infant Jesus, our Ministers of Holy Communion have the extreme privilege of holding and ministering the Source and Summit of our Christian Lives—very most holy and precious Body and Blood of our Lord, Jesus. The most fine marble and bronze communion rail with symbols of the banquet of life in heaven is no longer present but our ministers still carry this most precious Sacrament to our Holy People of God in most beautiful surroundings—the best we can afford and supply.
Holy Communion deepens the Faith, Hope and Charity of the communicant in the liturgical worship of the Mass. It should have a double affect and challenge to the bearer or minister of Body and Blood of the Lord.
Ministers of Holy Communion are most welcome and important assistance with our Priests and Deacons.
They also give blessings to children: “May Jesus who loves children bless you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” They give blessings to adults who for various reasons are unable to receive Holy Communion.
Ministers of Holy Communion are commissioned according to the prescribed Rite of the Church.
We welcome new Ministers of Holy Communion throughout the year and provide training sessions. Faithful Practicing Catholics who are able to themselves receive the Sacraments, are called to join our Parish and School Ministry of Holy Communion.
For further information contact our Parish and School Coordinator of Ministers of Holy Communion who is
Joan Turrieta, Tel. 344.6236