Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
Over the centuries, the practice of distributing Communion during Mass and carrying it to the sick became the sole responsibility of ordained ministers, but the need for all Catholics to share in the Eucharist never diminished. In 1973, so that the faithful might have greater access to holy Communion and share more fully in the fruits of the Mass, Pope Paul VI, in the instruction “Immensae Cariatis”,extended to lay faithful permission to assist priest in distributing holy Communion.
Bishops, priests and deacons are the usual or “ordinary” ministers of Communion since this is an intrinsic part of their role. The lay faithful are “extraordinary” ministers since they serve only when there are not enough ordinary ministers present to distribute Communion, St. Michael in Old Town provides training for this ministry, and ministers are expected to function according to the guidelines set forth by the Pastor.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist must be Baptized and confirmed Catholics, at least 16 years of a Church. Qualified persons who have been discerned as candidates for this ministry must be recommended by the Pastor and designated by the Bishop. This is accomplished by the Pastor forwarding their names to the chancery.
Interested parishioners are invited to call the Parish Office at (312) 642-2498 or e-mail the Worship Commission at