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Extraordinary Ministers

When Pope Paul VI gave official approval for the use of extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, he reestablished a practice that was common in the early church.  These special ministers assist the ordinary ministers (priests and deacons) to insure that the communion rite of the Mass is not out of proportion to the total celebration.  Some also bring the Eucharist to the homebound of our parish after Sunday Mass; in this way, these sick and elderly may realize that they are united, not only with the Eucharist, but with the community, and are supported by its love.  No one, of course, is worthy of this ministry, but those who are invited to participate are called to a true commitment of humble service to the parish - a ministry that Paul VI called "an important office of immense love".