The celebration of the Eucharist is the most fundamental of the Sacraments we embrace as Catholics. Lay Eucharistic Ministers at St. Rita, also known as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, serve our community in a number of ways by making Holy Communion available to all the faithful. Training is offered on a regular basis for each of these aspects of ministry.
Ministry at Mass
Eucharistic Ministers assist the clergy in distributing Holy Communion, both the Body and Blood of Christ, at Sunday and weekday Masses. This ministry is open to all baptized and confirmed Catholics and we encourage participation by all age groups in our community. We especially look for confirmed high school students to serve at our Youth Masses. Scheduling for Sunday Masses is flexible, with ministers typically assigned two times a month at their preferred Mass. Many St. Rita School teachers and staff are ministers of Communion at special school Masses.
Communion to the Sick and Homebound
Our Eucharistic Ministers share the gift of Communion and community with homebound or hospitalized parishioners. The Holy Eucharistic is taken from Mass by a Eucharistic minister to those in need and a brief Communion service is conducted. A very important aspect for those who cannot attend Mass regularly is the ministry of presence, the sharing of our faith and community. The gift the minister receives from this encounter is almost always greater than the gift given.
Communion Service at CLIMB
Sierra Madre is home to CLIMB (Center for Living Independence for the Multi-handicapped Blind), a vibrant community of very special people. Eucharistic Ministers from St. Rita conduct regular Communion services on site for Catholic residents. These services involve the sharing of Scripture, Communion, song and fellowship. CLIMB members are brought to Sunday Mass at St. Rita several times a year. Eucharistic ministers are encouraged to join this program in order to strengthen St. Rita’s mission in the community.
For further information about becoming a Eucharistic Minister at St. Rita, contact David or Jill Muhs, 626-355-9810 or [email protected].