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

Formation workshops

Formation workshop: The Celebration of Mass

Formation workshop: Hospitaility

Formation workshop: Living a Eucharisitc life

Ministry guidelines

Instructions for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Documents of the Church

Immensae Caritatis

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.

General Instruction of the Roman Missal

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.

Other resources

Hand Sanitiser at Communion Time

Question answered by Fr Edward McNamara LC, professor of liturgy at Regina Apostolorum University, and liturgy columnist at Zenit News Agency.