Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

According to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are called to assist the priest or other ordinary ministers to ensure there are a “sufficient number of ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner.” For more details about this ministry, see the USCCB site.

To volunteer to serve as an Extraordinary Minister, please schedule a conference call with Julie Rittenhouse. She will provide an overview of this ministry. You can reach her at ministers.lectors@stpatrickbridge.org.

Formal training is required. The training is twofold: official training through the Diocese of Cleveland Office of Worship and shadowing of other St. Patrick ministers for a predetermined time.

The current diocesan training schedule is located here.

The frequency of service ranges from once a month to every eight weeks. depending on personal preference and the specific Mass schedule. Assignments are emailed to ministers on a bi-annual basis. If a minister is not available for a scheduled Mass they are asked to secure a substitute.