Eucharistic Ministers assist with the distribution of Holy Communion, under both kinds, at Masses, and with taking the Eucharist to those who are sick and housebound.
New Ministers follow a training programme, and are then Commissioned.
Recommissioning then takes place each year at Corpus Christi.
A Day of Recollection is held each year for the Ministers throughout the Deanery, but Ministers can always seek help and advice at any time from experienced Ministers.
A three-month rota is sent out to all Ministers; every effort is made to accommodate Ministers’ availability, but a duty can always be swapped if an allocated time is not suitable.
Taking the Eucharist to parishioners who are in nursing homes and hospital,or who are housebound, may take between half an hour and an hour on a Sunday morning, but this is a vital part of the ministry of the parish and is very much appreciated by all those who are visited.