In every celebration of the Eucharist, there should be a sufficient number of ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner. Bishops, priests and deacons distribute Holy Communion in virtue of their office as ordinary ministers of the Body and Blood of the Lord. If more ministers of Holy Communion are needed, the priest may call upon extraordinary ministers to assist him, i.e., duly instituted acolytes or even other faithful who have been deputed for this purpose. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should receive sufficient spiritual, theological, and practical preparation to fulfill their role with knowledge and reverence.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

To this regard All Saints Catholic Church holds periodic training classes for anyone interested in serving in this ministry. Requirements to serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion:

  • Must be at least 16 years old and have received the Sacrament of Confirmation
  • Have attended a training class here at All Saints
  • Must have a current VIRTUS certification and background check
  • Must be a Catholic in good standing 
  • Commit to at least one Eucharistic Holy Hour each Month

For any questions please contact Deacon Michael Martell at