Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are trained lay ministers who assist the priest (the ordinary minister) in the distribution of the Eucharist during Mass. Extraordinary Ministers may distribute the Body and/or the Blood according to their preference. Ministers who distribute the Body and assist in cleaning and storing the sacramental vessels after mass are Stewards. This ministry is open to fully initiated high school students and adults.

If you would like to serve in this ministry, please contact the Director of Music and Liturgy.  Ministers need to go through training and annual formation.

Theresa Slott
Director of Music and Liturgy
574-234-3134, ext. 115

Formation & Training

New Ministers need to attend one training session offered at Saint Joseph before participating in this ministry. Information about upcoming training sessions is posted below. 

Returning Extraordinary Ministers are required to attend one formation event such as a retreat annually in order to remain qualified for this ministry. The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend renews the Extraordinary Ministers’ mandate annually on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. 

Click here to Download Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Guidelines.

Click here to download Steward Guidelines.

Scheduling for Ministers

Ministers are scheduled in advance at the Masses they prefer, and frequency varies by liturgy.

We use Ministry Scheduler Pro (MSP) to schedule all of our liturgical ministers. MSP has an online component, which allows ministers to input their serving preferences including dates that they are unable to serve, preferred Masses, and family scheduling options. Ministers can also request subs online if they are unable to serve when schedule.

MSP Web Terminal >
Here you can update your profile, request substitutes or respond to sub requests. 

Request a Sub >
Note that it is very important to request a substitute if you are unable to serve during your scheduled Masses.

If you forget your username or password:
You will need your Username and Password to login, which you received via email. If you need them resent, please email musicandliturgy@stjoeparish.com or call 574-234-3134.

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