About the Extraordinary Ministry of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are engaged in the important role of sharing the Blessed Sacrament with the assembly. The Communion minister assists the priest ministering Communion to the assembly, and washing up and packing away used vessels after Mass. Communion ministers also work to ensure that the reverence of Communion is preserved. Ministers register to serve at each Mass on the whiteboard in the parish centre.
Resources for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Documents of the Church
Instruction on Facilitating Sacramental Eucharistic Communion in Particular Circumstances (including instructions on the place and role of the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion). Sacred Congregation for the Discipline of the Sacraments, 1973.
Outlining norms and requirements of the proper celebration of the Mass (including norms specific to the Dioceses of Australia). Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 2010.
Question answered by Fr Edward McNamara LC, professor of liturgy at Regina Apostolorum University, and liturgy columnist at Zenit News Agency.