Extraordinary Ministers and Lectors

What is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist?

Extraordinary Ministers are responsible for the distribution of communion at mass. There are usually two Ministers per service – one assists the pastor, and one brings the eucharist to the choir. If there is no choir at the service, than only one Minister is sufficient.

What is a Lector?

A Lector is a reader. Lectors read scripture during the Mass, continuing Jesus's mission of sharing the Word of God with the people.

How does one become an Extraordinary Minister or Lector?

In most cases, an announcement will be made during Mass, or in the bulletin, announcing that new Extraordinary Ministers or Lectors are being sought.

At other times, individuals who are active in the parish will be approached by a Priest, Deacon or Administrator of the church, and asked if he/she would like to serve.

Once interested parties are identified, they will be asked to fill out an application that will be sent to the Diocese for approval.

What is the time commitment?

There is a 3-4 day training program to prepare Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist.

Being a Eucharistic Minister or Lector is not an "every Sunday" commitment. There is a pool of Ministers and Lectors for each Parish, and each person is asked to serve once or twice a month.

On a day that a particular Minister or Lector is asked to serve, he/she is asked to arrive 10 minutes before the service.

Are there any needs at this time?

The Upper Valley Parishes are not currently looking for Extraordinary Ministers or Lectors at this time.