When we bless the cup at the Lord's Table, aren't we sharing in the benefits of the blood of Christ? And when we break the loaf of bread, aren't we sharing in the benefits of the body of Christ? (1 Corinthians 10:16)
There are two aspects of Eucharistic Ministry at Our Lady of Refuge Parish. Ministers of Holy Communion at Mass are lay people trained by the parish to assist the presiding priest in distributing Holy Communion during Sunday and weekday liturgies. Ministers of Communion for the Sick are lay people sent forth by the parish to bring the Word of God and the Eucharist to parishioners who are unable to join us at Sunday Mass because they are ill, homebound, in nursing homes, or in local care facilities.
The necessary attributes for a fully initiated Catholic seeking to join this ministry are a loving heart, a sense of responsibility, and the desire to bring Christ to others through the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Our parish training team conducts formation classes several times a year to prepare new ministers for these important roles in bringing the Body and Blood of Christ to fellow parishioners.
In general, a Minister of Communion at Mass is scheduled to assist twice each month at a Saturday evening or Sunday Mass. A Minister to the Sick brings the Eucharist to an assigned parishioner every week, unless the person is not well enough for them to visit.
Ministers of Communion at Weekend Masses
Ministers of Communion have the privilege and responsibility of assisting at Mass by giving the Body and Blood of Christ to communicants during parish liturgies. In this way, they are Christ*s own hands, reaching out with the Bread and the Cup, offering "the Body of Christ;" and "the Blood of Christ."
Those called to this ministry must be confirmed, practicing Catholics, with reverence for the Eucharist, a sense of responsibility, and a sincere desire to serve their fellow parishioners. Weekend liturgies at Our Lady of Refuge take place on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., and on Sunday at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
We welcome new ministers to all our Masses.
Parishioners who would like to become involved in this ministry should contact:
Danny Domingo at (562) 595-6366 or by email
Ministers of Holy Communion to the Sick
The visiting Eucharistic minister assists the priests of our parish by carrying Holy Communion to Catholics who are ill, homebound or in care facilities. The Minister's visit provides the sick or homebound person with an important link - perhaps the only link - with his/her Church and fellow parishioners.
Because of the great responsibility of carrying the Blessed Sacrament outside the Church, Ministry to the Sick is performed only by confirmed, practicing Catholics who understand the sacredness of their undertaking. This awareness shows in their manner, their attitude toward those with whom they come into contact, their personal preparation and their devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.
Ministry to the Sick is a gift both to the patient, for whom the Ministers represent the love of Christ and community, and to the Ministers themselves, who have the opportunity to care for God*s beloved children. It is helpful, though not necessary, for a prospective Minister to enjoy meeting people and encountering different sorts of situations. Indeed, nearly every time you go through a door, a surprise awaits you. It is a gratifying, humbling, heartwarming, occasionally frightening, always deeply spiritual experience.
Parishioners who would like to become involved in this ministry of bringing Communion to the sick should contact:
Sharon Onorati at (562) 597-3102