Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist in ministering Christ's body and blood to the People of God. Parishioners are needed to administer the Eucharist at all Masses, including Holy Day Masses. The schedule is flexible. Training leading to certification is required and provided.

Contact Don Ruef or Richard Mott for requirements and more information about becoming a Eucharistic Minister.

Certification Requirements

Faith Formation

Diocese of Phoenix Requirement - Extra Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, January 1, 2009

Members of St. Andrew the Apostle who wish to share their talents with our faith community by serving as an Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion at liturgical celebrations are required to be certified by the Diocese of Phoenix. Certification by the Diocese of Phoenix is valid for a three year period. Continued preparation in ministry after the three year certification period has elapsed requires re-certification. One prerequisite for certification or re-certification is ongoing faith formation.

The diocese requires that adult candidates complete 6 hours of faith formation per year, for a total of 18 hours per year, as a condition of certification or re-certification. Please note that the key unit of measure is “hours” of participation as opposed to the number of classes attended. Formation hours may be derived from the following sources:

  • St. Andrew's Adult Faith Enrichment Program (see brochure or web site for schedule of sessions)
  • Involvement in sacramental preparation, i.e. Baptism, Reconciliation, First Eucharist, Confirmation, and Marriage Preparation as a candidate or sponsor/presenter
  • Participation as either a candidate or sponsor in the OCIA program
  • Participation in the Deaconate program
  • Participation in parish missions
  • Diocesan sponsored formation events
  • Classes delivered by Kino Institute
  • Classes/retreats delivered by the Franciscan Renewal Center
  • Attendance at the National Pastoral Musicians Conference (NPM)
  • Attendance at the Southwest Liturgical Conference (SWLC)
  • Attendance at the LA Congress
  • Other engagements may be considered on a case-specific basis

Teen ministers will satisfy the formation requirement for certification or re-certification by their involvement in the St. Andrew's Religious Education Program or their attendance at a parochial school within the Diocese of Phoenix. Teens who are not included in these two groups should seek individual direction regarding certification requirements from a ministry co-chair or the parish liturgist.

Please sign the attendance log at all sessions to record your involvement. If you participate in sessions that do not log attendance or are attending a session outside the St. Andrew's campus, you should bring a receipt, handout, or other document from the session to confirm your attendance. The parish office will maintain records of participation in Adult Faith Enrichment sessions attended at St. Andrew's. The Liturgy Department will maintain records of session attendance outside the St. Andrew's campus utilizing your proof of attendance document(s).

Called to Protect for Ministers

Diocese of Phoenix Requirement - Extra Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, January 1, 2009

ADULT MINISTERS:
The Diocese of Phoenix requires that all Extra Ordinary Ministers of Holy communion attend the "Called to Protect for Ministers" training every other year to maintain their certification or to be re-certified. This requirement is in addition to the continuing faith formation requirements. These sessions are offered on the St. Andrew the Apostle campus. Please refer to the parish web site or the Adult Formation Enrichment Brochure for specific times and dates of these sessions.

The requirement during the transition period as well as an ongoing basis is detailed as follows:

  • All new ministers must attend the Called to Protect for Ministers session as a requirement for initial certification.
  • All existing ministers must attend the session prior to the end of June 2007.
  • Ministers requiring re-certification prior to the end of June 2007 must attend the session prior to being re-certified.
  • Going forward, all ministers must attend the session every other year to maintain their certification and to be re-certified.

Please sign the attendance log at all sessions to record your participation.

TEEN MINISTERS:
The content of the Called to Protect session is a component of the St. Andrew's Religious Education Program and of the curriculum of the parochial schools within the Diocese of Phoenix. Teen ministers who participate in either of these programs will satisfy this requirement. Those who are not included in these two groups should seek individual direction regarding certification requirements from either Ministry Co-Chair or the Parish Liturgist for clarification.

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