Eucharist Ministers


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General Principles 

In every celebration of the Eucharist, there should be a sufficient number of ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner. Bishops, priests and deacons distribute Holy Communion by virtue of their office as ordinary ministers of the Body and Blood of the Lord. When the size of the congregation requires it, the celebrant may be assisted by other bishops, priests, or deacons. If such ordinary ministers of Holy Communion are not present, the priest may call upon extraordinary ministers to assist him.

Extraordinary Ministers must be fully initiated, confirmed members of the Roman Catholic Church in good standing. All ministers of Holy Communion show the greatest reverence for the Most Holy Eucharist by their demeanor, their attire, and the manner in which they handle the consecrated bread or wine. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion receive sufficient spiritual, theological, and practical preparation to fulfill their role with knowledge and reverence during their initial training session, and at the yearly 1-hour meeting. In all matters we follow the guidance of the diocesan bishop (Norms for the Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion Under Both Kinds for the Dioceses of the United States of America, NDRHC, no. 28) which is printed (in part) on the back of the guidelines page.


Our Extraordinary Ministers do not follow a schedule.

Ministers simply take a cross from the board outside the Sacristy as they enter for Mass.

Call Lynda at the Parish Office (414) 762-0552 for questions or concerns.


St. Stephen Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Guidelines Download