At Saint Francis Catholic Academy we are blessed to celebrate the Mass as a school on a weekly basis. Many of our students also choose to dive deeper into the liturgy through active participation as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. By offering their time and talent in this way, the eucharistic ministers engage their faith and lead the entire school more fully into participation in the Body of Christ.
Per the Diocese of Saint Augustine Norms and Guidelines, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are to be fully initiated Catholics, i.e., received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, and be at least 16 years of age. They should regularly attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation. As well, they are to be encouraged to frequently participate in the sacraments.
All extraordinary ministers will attend a Eucharistic Retreat at the end of their Junior year. The purpose of this retreat is to deepen understanding of the theology and celebration of the Most Holy Eucharist, ministerial roles in its celebration, and liturgical norms to be observed for the reverent distribution of the Holy Communion under both species.
If you are interested in becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, please speak to the Director of Campus Ministry to receive an information packet.