By "extraordinary" we do not mean special, distinguished or set apart. The ordinary ministers of the Eucharist are the priests and deacons. Primarily, the extraordinary ministers of communion assist with the distribution of Holy Communion, under both species, and clean the vessels after they have been purified by the priest, deacon or acolyte. They may also bring the Holy Eucharist to those who are homebound, in nursing homes or hospitals, or in prison. The Minister of Holy Communion must be a practicing Catholic, who is fully initiated and an active member of the Parish Community. Their own personal lives must be lived in the light of the sacramental character of the work they do and must therefore be practicing Catholics. Ministry formation and training sessions are offered throughout the year with the expectation of regular attendance.
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