Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion

The Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion is the Bishop, Priest or Deacon. Those who assist the ordained are called "Extraordinary" Ministers of Holy Communion (c.f. General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 162).



The Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is commissioned to assist the priest and deacon, when needed, in distribution of Holy Communion to the faithful in Mass and other liturgies. Extraordinary Ministers do not normally participate in the entrance procession unless they are also undertaking the ministry of Adult Altar Server. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion may also undertake the ministry of Communion to the Sick and Home Bound.


Ministry Commitment

2 hours per Mass and 1-2 hours in visitation to the sick. Usually scheduled by roster weekly, fortnightly or monthly.


Spiritual Gifts


Requirements for Admission to the Ministry

  • at least 16 years of age
  • completion of introductory training course drawn up by the Diocesan Liturgy Office and approved by the Bishop
  • a signed Minister Engagement Form
  • assurance by Parish Priest that experience and formation prerequisites have been met
  • a firm will to give faithful service to God and the Christian people.


Ministry Authorisation

A candidate is commissioned as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion once and is not required to be re-commissioned. In the Diocese of Wollongong, permission to regularly exercise the ministry is at the discretion of the Bishop and is granted for a maximum period of three years, following which the minister may apply for further three year periods of service.


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion must be separately authorised for Communion of the Sick and Home-bound and must consent to a National Police History Check by the Diocese of Wollongong. They must also be separately authorised for Adult Altar Server and must provide a current Working With Children Check.



Parish Volunteer Ministry Expression of Interest


More Information

Guidelines for Acolytes, Altar Servers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (4th Edition, March 2018)



Liturgy Office



Liturgy Handbook