Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the clergy in distributing the Eucharist at Mass and taking the Blessed Sacrament to the sick and housebound. 


The Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion is a priest or deacon. An Extraordinary Minister is a member of the lay faithful who is deputed for this task in the absence of an Ordinary Minister.


The use of Extraordinary Ministers is governed by the Liturgical Law found in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal:



General Instruction of the Roman Missal 2011.pdf



For those assisting at Mass, ministers should approach the altar after the priest has made his communion (GIRM para. 162). 


For those taking the Blessed Sacrament to the sick and housebound the pyx will be given to the minister prior to the Prayer after Communion. Ministers should then go directly to the person who is to receive the Blessed Sacrament and not remain for the 'Prayer after Communion' or the 'Final Blessing.' If the minister is unable to go directly to the sick person the priest should be requested to place the pyx in the Tabernacle. 


Extraordinary Ministers are asked to attend one training sessions as organised.  Prior to ministering in this capacity all persons must meet with the Parish Priest to establish their sacramental status.