Extraordinary Minister Trainings
Join us for a mornings of education and formation for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. While this is catered to new ministers, all are welcome! Sponsored by the Office of Worship.
Saturday, February 5
10 a.m. – noon
St. Anthony of Padua Parish
2310 E Jefferson Blvd, South Bend
Our Lady of Good Hope Parish
7215 St Joe Road, Fort Wayne
Trainings will be held in the church.
Frequently Asked Questions
By virtue of their sacred Ordination, the ordinary ministers of Holy Communion are the bishop, the priest, and the deacon, to whom it belongs to administer Holy Communion to the lay members of Christ’s faithful during the celebration of the Mass. However, when the size of the congregation is such that the liturgy would otherwise be unduly prolonged, or if available ordinary ministers are somehow incapacitated, then lay members of the faithful may be designated to assist in the orderly distribution of Holy Communion as necessary. These laypersons must be properly commissioned, and they are referred to as “extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion.” In this context, “extraordinary” implies an exception, or an extraordinary measure in unusual circumstances.
Parish pastors alone may appoint extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion for their parishes. The following qualifications must be met in order to be appointed:
- Men or women of high school age or older who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation
- Demonstrate knowledge of the Holy Mass, sacred vessels, proper procedures, etc.
- Demonstrate a mature spirituality, and be “of sound doctrine and exemplary moral life. Catholics who do not live worthy lives or who do not enjoy good reputations or whose family situations do not conform to the teaching of the Church may not be admitted” to the exercise of functions such as the extraordinary minister of Holy Communion.
- Undergo formal training to become an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion
The first step is to talk with your parish priest about serving as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at your parish. The second step is to participate in a formal training.
The “Norms for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend” states that “Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion should receive “sufficient spiritual, theological, and practical preparation to fulfill their role with knowledge and reverence.” Therefore, without exception, anyone who is to be newly commissioned as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion must undergo formal training.”