Are you a Eucharistic Minister?


Photo: Ciborium-catholic, by Krzysztof (Kriss) Szkurlatowski (2008) via

I was asked that question on Super Bowl Sunday this year. I looked at the Sacristan and said no. I knew why he asked; you see, my husband has been training to be a Sacristan with this gentleman. My husband is a Eucharistic Minister, so naturally, I guess, people think the wife is too.

I won’t lie; I had thought about it when my husband signed up to train. I thought about it again when he was being trained. I even thought about it more when my son and I received Communion from him the first time. But did I do it? No. No, I did not. Why? I honestly can say I was scared. My husband never pushed me to do it. I knew that the church was short Eucharistic Ministers at certain Masses. Yet I sat in a pew Sunday after Sunday and watched as the Sacristan scrambled to find EM’s.

I began to pray about it. It was a process; it honestly took me months to finally approach a Deacon’s wife and ask about training. I gave her my number, continued to pray and wondered if she would call. Then the call came; then the Sacristan approached and told me about a meeting to attend. My husband asked me if I had heard of the meeting and asked if I was planning on going. I finally told him that I had been praying about it and was waiting for the call and I had gotten it.

I attended the meeting, attended training, submitted the application and documentation required by the Los Angeles Archdiocese. In training I met a beautiful soul; this lady was always in Mass and I made a new friend. We were told we would be put on a schedule; well, the next Sunday in Mass here comes the Sacristan; he tells my husband, “Make sure to tell her we need her today.” That was three weeks ago.

For three weeks I have been fortunate enough to serve. The feeling is overwhelming, I have wanted to cry as I give the Body of Christ to my brothers and sisters. Holding Jesus is so humbling, and I have caught myself thinking of the moment I was handed the ciborium and the emotions I felt.  The entire feast is so powerful; we are a beautiful Church.

I must say that my husband and I have only been in the parish for three years. In those three years we have been welcomed with open arms. Our family is slowly but surely becoming more involved, being welcomed and accepted has motivated us to do more than just sit in a pew every Sunday.

Our son sees us involved, my husband in St. Vincent de Paul, Sacristan, Eucharistic Minster and helps with Baptisms. Myself as in Religious Ed and now Eucharistic Ministry. He has asked if he maybe able to do those things when he’s older; this warms my heart. Yes, you can or you can serve in something that will suit you. Being in church, praying and trying to live the faith has honestly made me so much happier and I feel peaceful. I have learned to let things go. God’s will be done, not mine.

There is something to be said for a church who welcomes it members and opens opportunities to them. I think we have found a home.


Copyright 2015 Nelly Guajardo
Photo: Ciborium-catholic, by Krzysztof (Kriss) Szkurlatowski (2008) via


About Author

Nelly Guajardo is a Catholic wife and mom who works full time. Nelly was born and raised in Southern California. She and her husband have have one child, Matthew, 11 who has autism and Type 1 Diabetes. They feel blessed to be called his parents--because of their faith they have been able to grow and accept their journey as parents.

1 Comment

  1. Inocencio Rangel on

    Some food for thought:

    [151.] Only out of true necessity is there to be recourse to the assistance of extraordinary ministers in the celebration of the Liturgy. Such recourse is not intended for the sake of a fuller participation of the laity but rather, by its very nature, is supplementary and provisional.[252] Furthermore, when recourse is had out of necessity to the functions of extraordinary ministers, special urgent prayers of intercession should be multiplied that the Lord may soon send a Priest for the service of the community and raise up an abundance of vocations to sacred Orders.[253]

    1. The Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion

    [154.] As has already been recalled, “the only minister who can confect the Sacrament of the Eucharist in persona Christi is a validly ordained Priest”.[254] Hence the name “minister of the Eucharist” belongs properly to the Priest alone. Moreover, also by reason of their sacred Ordination, the ordinary ministers of Holy Communion are the Bishop, the Priest and the Deacon,[255] to whom it belongs therefore to administer Holy Communion to the lay members of Christ’s faithful during the celebration of Mass. In this way their ministerial office in the Church is fully and accurately brought to light, and the sign value of the Sacrament is made complete.

    [156.] This function is to be understood strictly according to the name by which it is known, that is to say, that of extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, and not “special minister of Holy Communion” nor “extraordinary minister of the Eucharist” nor “special minister of the Eucharist”, by which names the meaning of this function is unnecessarily and improperly broadened.

    I highly recommend reading the entire section on the title, function and proper exercising of the role of an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion according to the teachings of the Church. VII

    Take care and God bless,
    Inocencio Rangel

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