Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
“Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion” is the formal title of a lay person who has been deputed by the bishop for a period of time, or by a priest or deacon for a single occasion, to assist the priest and deacon in distributing Holy Communion to the faithful on those occasions where a shortage of ordained clergy makes it impossible for them to distribute Holy Communion to all the faithful in a reasonable way. It is thus a privilege to which the Church invites certain individuals under given circumstances, and not a right. The faithful who are special minsters of communion must be persons whose good qualities of Christian life, faith, and morals recommend them. The Archdiocese of Atlanta has given some concrete expressions of these norms, namely that an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, if married, be married within the Church, have received the sacrament of Confirmation, and be at least 16 years of age. In addition, it is necessary that the individual receives the certification of their pastor that they are properly qualified and trained.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Sick, also assist the ordinary ministers in taking the Holy Eucharist to those Catholics who are not able to attend Mass, by taking the Body of Christ to them at their home or hospital. For more information on becoming an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at St. Michael, please email Alice Schultz at firstname.lastname@example.org or Arlene Walrath to bring our Lord to the sick at email@example.com.