Lectors proclaim the Word of the Lord during the Liturgy and the General Intercessions. The spirit of the parish community will be nourished through the meaningful proclamation of the Word of God. The lector clearly and understandably proclaims the Word of God to the assembly. Lectors must feel comfortable standing in front of the assembly, have good oral communication skills and the ability to read effectively. Lectors are called from the assembly and minister to and with the assembly. Lectors are expected to attend continuing ministry formation and training sessions throughout the year. Lectors are provided with a Lector Handbook to assist in their proclamation and pronunciation.
Parishioners assist with the distribution of the Eucharist (Body and Blood) at weekday, weekend and Holy Day Masses. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (formerly known as Eucharistic Ministers) must be 18 years of age, have received the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church and, if married, must be recognized by the Church. Training is on-going.
By "extraordinary" we do not mean special, distinguished or set apart. The ordinary ministers of the Eucharist are the priests and deacons. Primarily, the extraordinary ministers of communion assist with the distribution of Holy Communion, under both species, and are often called upon to set-up for Mass, and clean the vessels after they have been purified by the priest or deacon. Those who are called to this ministry must, above all else, know how to be truly present to others in the moment they have. They are brothers and sisters in this very body and blood they are sharing, and not only speak their own faith in saying "body of Christ," they call forth the faith of the one receiving. They may also bring the Holy Eucharist to those who are homebound, in nursing homes or hospitals, or in prison. To be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, you must be a Roman Catholic, at least 16 years old, having received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Ministry formation and training sessions are offered throughout the year with the expectation of regular attendance
Training is required to become a Eucharistic Minister. Training is offered in cooperation with the local Deanery.