Christ Our King Eucharistic Ministers
Eucharistic Ministers are members of the Assembly who assist in the distribution of the Eucharist. Typically, Eucharistic Ministers can also distribute Holy Communion to those in prison, or to those who are sick and unable or incapable of attending the Mass, thereby providing love, support, and care to others.
Technically, Eucharistic Ministers are "Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion" (the "ordinary" minister being the priest celebrant).
At the direction of Pope Benedict XVI, extraordinary ministers of holy Communion are not permitted to assist in the purification of the sacred vessels at Masses in the United States.
Annual training sessions begin after the New Year, and Eucharistic Ministers are commissioned on the Feast of Corpus Christi for the period of one year. Annual renewal is necessary.