“The Eucharist is Jesus who gives himself entirely to us, feeding on Him and abiding in Him through Eucharistic communion- if we do so in faith- transforms our lives into a gift to God and to our brothers and sisters.” For a Catholic, receiving Holy Communion is a state of grace and with faith and love therefore means “entering into harmony with the heart of Christ, assimilating His choices, His thoughts, His behavior. It means entering a dynamism of love and becoming people of peace, people of forgiveness, reconciliation.”

Pope Francis

Our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion possess a deep love and reverence for the Eucharist and a joyful desire to share it with the community. You must be a Confirmed Catholic in good standing with the Church, officially mandated for service by the Diocese of Joliet (obtained by the parish). Our Special Ministers have a few additional jobs and may be scheduled more often.

Initial Training: One 2 ½ hour session
Ongoing Formation: Annual workshop
Time Commitment: 2 -3 liturgies each month


Deacon Len Penkala at (630) 615-7616 or lpenkala@st-raphael.com