This dedicated group distribute Holy Communion at Mass. Those who wish to become involved in this ministry must be at least 18 years of age, of excellent moral character and attend Mass regularly. Specialized training is required. To participate in this ministry usually requires that it be by invitation of the Pastor or by someone whom he might appoint to do so, and persons are always approved by the Pastor. The names of all persons serving in this ministry, are submitted to the Chancery Office and in turn receive an official three year mandate to serve, from the Bishop. At St. Mary’s Parish this mandate is proclaimed publicly at the Masses on a particular weekend, when the time comes for new or renewed mandates to be issued.