Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

An extraordinary minister of Holy Communion is an un-ordained person appointed by the bishop or his delegate to assist ordained ministers in the distribution of Communion. The “ordinary” ministers of Holy Communion are bishops, priests, and deacons, all of whom have received the sacrament of Holy Orders.

The Church does permit the use of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion under certain circumstances. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, quoting Canon Law, provides:

When the necessity of the Church warrants it and when ministers are lacking, lay
persons . . . can also . . . distribute Holy Communion in accord with the prescriptions
of law (no. 903).

If you would like to be an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, please contact Monsignor Ginty at 203-879-2544.






An ordinary minister (priest, foreground) and extraordinary minister (layman, background) distribute Holy Communion.





Lt. Richard House, Assistant Command Chaplain, (left) and Lt. Chris Chandler offer Holy Communion during the first underway Roman Catholic Mass aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

General Principles on Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at Mass.






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