Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the priest in giving Communion to the assembly. They may also take Communion to the sick and elderly at home or in hospitals. (Immensae Caritatis, 1)
All ministers should be 18 years of age.
A ‘Working with Children Check’ card is required by Western Australian State Government legislation for all who are considered to work with children in the course of their duties, that is, for those who are working with any person under eighteen (18) years of age.
In the first half of each year the Archdiocesan Centre for Liturgy offers several regional workshops for new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion preparing to be commissioned on the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. Subsequent training sessions will be scheduled in the latter half of the year and the commissioning would be at the convenience of the parish priest.
The selection of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion is a parish initiative and responsibility. An individual should be invited to this ministry by the parish priest or by a delegated member of his pastoral team.
A public call for volunteers is not recommended, since to refuse an individual’s offer may be pastorally difficult. Those invited into this ministry must be baptized practicing Catholics.
It will be to the advantage to Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to have practical training and review from time to time.