Extraordinary Ministers of Communion
Coordinator: Cora Jones
The “ordinary” minister to distribute communion is a bishop, priest or deacon. This means that administering communion is part of their normal role in the church. Following Vatican II allowances have been made for lay ministers, having been duly trained and commissioned by the local bishop, to help minister communion. They are called “extraordinary” ministers of communion as they are not clergy.
Every Extraordinary Minister of Communion is graced to hold the Body or Blood of Christ in their hands and have the joy of sharing the Body or Blood of Christ with others, an important role in the celebration of the liturgy.