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How can I become a eucharistic minister?

How can I become a eucharistic minister?
The process of becoming a communion minister begins by letting your pastor know that you are interested in serving. Priests and deacons are considered the “ordinary ministers of communion” and for some parishes this may be sufficient. However, moderate to large size parishes depend on the assistance of lay ministers of communion. Once formed, the pastor submits the names of the lay ministers to the bishop who approves their commissioning as “Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.”

The pastor then commissions ministers at a Saturday or Sunday liturgy during a brief ritual. Ministers are commissioned for their parish for a period of three years. The commissioning is not transferable. To minister at another parish an individual would need to speak to the pastor of that parish. This parish ministry may include bringing communion to the sick and home-bound as needed.

Formation for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion usually includes ministry formation as well as introductory training in the history, spirituality, and theology of Eucharist. The method of actually offering the host or the cup and the related logistics, while important, are only a small portion of this process. Additional formation is required of those who will bring communion to the sick or home-bound.

Pastors are responsible for the formation of their lay ministers. However, the Office of Worship will offer regional sessions for multiple parishes—time permitting—when requested.

For more information, contact
Matthew Clark
Administrator of the Office of Worship
Diocese of Erie
814-824-1270