Eucharistic Minister

Frequently asked Questions:


What is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion?

A lector is a person who proclaims the Word of God and leads the Prayer of the Faithful.

What does an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion actually do?

In every celebration of the Eucharist, there should be a sufficient number of ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner. Bishops, priests and deacons distribute Holy Communion in virtue of their office as ordinary ministers of the Body and Blood of the Lord.  When the size of the congregation or the incapacity of the bishop, priest, or deacon requires it, the celebrant may be assisted by other bishops, priests, or deacons.  If such ordinary ministers of Holy Communion are not present, “the priest may call upon extraordinary ministers to assist him, i.e., duly instituted acolytes or even other faithful who have been deputed for this purpose. In case of necessity, the priest may also depute suitable faithful for this single occasion.

Is there training involved?

Yes.  The Diocese of Brooklyn hosts, throughout the year, liturgical ministry days, that you would have to attend.  It is a one day instructional class.  Once you complete the class you will be given a certificate of which you then submit to your pastor.

What should I do if I am interested?

Speak to your pastor.