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Mandating of Persons Who Complete a Basic Training Course

Pastors or those who coordinate Minister of Care Ministries in their parishes should request certificates and ID cards mandating individual/s who have/has completed the initial training. This should be done in writing on parish letterhead. This can be faxed to our office at 312-534-5158. This letter should contain the name of the individual/s and the training location and program attended.

Letters for certificates and ID cards should be written to the attention of Mr. D. Todd Williamson, Director of the Office for Divine Worship. 

Certificates and ID cards, to be completed by the parish, will be mailed from our office.

Please allow seven (7) working days for delivery. Certificates and ID cards can be issued in English, Spanish or Polish. Please indicate how many certificates you will need and in what language/s.

For example, a parish may have 13 newly trained individuals who would like their certificates/ID cards as follows:
10 in English, 2 in Spanish and 1 in Polish.

Renewing of Persons Who are Mandated Ministers of Care
 
After Labor Day of each year, letters are sent to pastors in parishes whose cycle is ending. This mailing contains forms to complete and return to the Office for Divine Worship for their parish's new, full 3 year term. When the paperwork has been received, new certificates and ID cards will be issued to the parish to be completed for individuals who will be continuing their service in this ministry. 

Term of Service For Ministers of Care

All parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago are divided alphabetically into 3 year terms or cycles of service as follows:

Cycle A: Parishes or institutions starting with letter "A" through "G"

Example: St. Adalbert to St. Gregory the Great
Dates for Cycle A:
December 2, 2007 to November 28, 2010

Cycle B: Parishes or institutions starting with letter "H" through "M"

Example: St. Hedwig to Mother of God
Dates for Cycle B:
November 30, 2008 to November 27, 2011

Cycle C: Parishes or institutions starting with the letter "N" to "Z"

Example: Nativity of Our Lord to St. Zachary
Dates for Cycle C:
November 29, 2009 to December 2, 2012
 
If a person has received training and wishes to begin serving during the parish or institution's current term, their time of service is the remainder of that particular cycle.
 
Commissioning of Ministers of Care to the Sick
 
You will find the "Rite of Commissioning Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion" in Chapter 63 of the Book of Blessings (Roman Ritual, 1989).  This can be used for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Mass or Ministers of Care.

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