Ministers of Holy Communion

In every celebration of the Eucharist, there should be a sufficient number of ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner. Bishops, priests and deacons distribute Holy Communion in virtue of their office as ordinary ministers of the Body and Blood of the Lord. (1) When the size of the congregation or the incapacity of the bishop, priest, or deacon requires it, the celebrant may be assisted by other bishops, priests, or deacons. If such ordinary ministers of Holy Communion are not present, "the priest may call upon extraordinary ministers to assist him, i.e., duly instituted acolytes or even other faithful who have been deputed for this purpose. In case of necessity, the priest may also depute suitable faithful for this single occasion (GIRM 162)."

At St. Joseph Church, Ministers of Holy Communion distribute Eucharist at weekday and/or Sunday Masses weekly or by schedule. Some Ministers are called upon to bring Communion to home-bound parishioners. If you are interested in serving as a Minister of Holy Communion, please contact Linda Maglio at 973-731-3253.

For the current Eucharistic Minister schedule, click here.