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Archdiocesan Manual For Parish Trainers of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

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.

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