Training for Ministry Leaders

Upcoming Workshops for Ministry Coordinators

Training for Coordinators of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Lectors – July 30

Trainings for Coordinators of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Lectors are scheduled for July 30 at the Chancery, 2401 Lake Park Drive S.E., Smyrna GA 30080. Trainings will be in English and in Spanish in Grand Halls A and C on the Terrace level. The trainings are free.

  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion 9am to 11:50am
  • Mass at 12 Noon
  • A Light lunch following Mass
  • Lectors 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Last Updated: May 12, 2022

La fecha de los talleres para Coordinators of Ministros Extraordinarios de Sagrada Comunión e Lectores – 30 de Julio

La fecha de los talleres es el Sábado 30 de Julio, en las oficinas de la Arquidiócesis; 2401 Lake Park Drive S.E., Smyrna GA 30080. Se ofrecerán en Inglés y en Español y son gratis.

  • Ministros Extraordinarios de Sagrada Comunión 9am a 11:50am
  • Misa al mediodía
  • Almuerzo ligero después de Misa
  • Lectores 1:00pm a 3:00pm

Last Updated: May 12, 2022

Training Materials


Altar Server Manual

3.70 MB | Updated: September 21, 2015

This is a guide that puts forth some ideas that parishes in the Archdiocese may choose to use in order to better their programs for Altar Server Formation. It is only a suggestion, and it is offered here in hopes that some (or all) of this may help each parish improve the training and formation of these future leaders in the Catholic Church who serve at God’s altar.


Archdiocesan Manual For Parish Trainers of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

950.95 KB | Updated: May 12, 2022

The extraordinary minister of Holy Communion performs a great service to the Church, by distributing Holy Communion to God’s people on those occasions where there are an insufficient number of priests and deacons to distribute Holy Communion to the people present at the mass. It is an honor and a privilege to serve the Church in this capacity, and of course, requires careful preparation on the part of the extraordinary minister.

In each parish that makes use of extraordinary ministers, training and preparation is either done by the pastor, or, commonly, by an individual that he designates for that task. It is the purpose of this booklet to assist those individuals by providing some insight on the theological principles behind the Eucharist and the role of the extraordinary minister, the teaching and discipline of the Universal Church on that subject, the local norms for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and some suggestions that may prove useful in their service to the Church. This booklet, however, is not a complete compendium on any of these topics, and, of course, the individual charged with preparing extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion will want to familiarize himself or herself in greater depth with these topics, especially through study and the cultivation of a strong personal devotion to the Most Holy Eucharist.

This manual supersedes all previous versions.


Diocese of Baton Rouge Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Video Training

0.00 KB | Updated: July 3, 2018

The Diocese of Baton Rouge has a series of videos which were created for training Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The EMHC training videos have been developed by Fr. Tom Ranzino.


Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion Training Presentation

2.18 MB | Updated: March 17, 2022


How to Receive the Eucharist Videos - Archdiocese of Portland

0.00 KB | Updated: July 3, 2018

Also consider the new videos produced by the Archdiocese of Portland.  They are available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.  One is even closed captioned.  Msgr. O’Connor notes that they can be customized for your diocese as well.


Lector Training: Participants' Manual

353.03 KB | Updated: September 21, 2015

The Proclaimer’s purpose ... to enchant the reader or the listener into the world of the story in the hope that when they emerge from the world of the story, they do so with an enhanced view of the possibilities of their lives.

John Shea. Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels for Christian Preachers and Teachers [Year C] (Chicago: Liturgical Press, 2006). (As paraphrased by Rev. Andrew M. Greeley in: “A Writer, or a Parish Priest Who Writes?” America Magazine, [January 1-8, 2007, p. 15])


Lector Training: Trainer's Manual

441.82 KB | Updated: September 21, 2015

The purpose of this two- to two and a half-hour, single-session training program is to help experienced lectors who may have received little or no prior training to improve their abilities with scriptural proclamation. This purpose consists of three objectives:

  1. Become more aware of the purpose of the Ministry of the Word and the “personal religious” nature of scriptural proclamation.
  2. Experience the impact of feedback as a means of improving the lector’s skills and abilities.
  3. Demonstrate the roles of Pausing, Word Stress, Emotion, Phrasing, and Parenthetical Expressions in effective proclamation and how lectors can master them.

It is recommended that the program be offered annually and that all experienced lectors in the parish participate in this training program as frequently as they see fit. While attendance at the session probably should not be mandatory it should be encouraged. The session can also serve as an introduction to the parish’s monthly Lector Study Group program for experienced lectors which is highly recommended.


Proclaiming the Word Training for Lectors Presentation

1.50 MB | Updated: March 17, 2022


Resources Regarding Communion to the Homebound, Hospitals, & Nursing Homes

50.41 KB | Updated: April 6, 2016

Coordinating ministers to the homebound brings with it a number of special challenges and opportunities.  This workshop prepares trainers to instruct their extraordinary ministers and others to provide pastoral care to those unable to attend mass, to understand Catholic theology related to ministry to the homebound, to work with institutional environments, and to better organize their work with the ill and homebound.  For more information, contact the Office for Divine Worship.


The Rite of Commissioning For Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

98.90 KB | Updated: July 13, 2018

Persons authorized to distribute Holy Communion in special circumstances should be commissioned by the local Ordinary or his delegate according to the following rite. The rite should take place in the presence of the people during Mass or outside Mass.

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