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Ministry Formation: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

The consummation of the celebration of the Eucharist is Holy Communion, “whereby the people purchased for the Father by his beloved Son eat and drink the Body and Blood of Christ” (USCCB, Norms for the Distribution of Communion under Both Kinds for the Dioceses of the United States of America, no. 5). In Mass, Holy Communion is distributed by Bishops, Priests, and Deacons by virtue of their office as ordinary ministers of the Body and Blood of the Lord. However, when a sufficient number of ordinary ministers is not present, “the Priest may call upon extraordinary ministers to assist him” (General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 162). “Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should receive sufficient spiritual, theological, and practical preparation to fulfill their role with knowledge and reverence” (Norms for the Distribution of Communion, no. 28).

In the Diocese of Arlington, candidates to be Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should be at least 21 years of age, exemplary Catholics, and devoted to the Eucharist. Candidates are required to attend a formation workshop presented by the Office of Divine Worship. Individuals who desire to become Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should contact their local parish.

Resources for Pastors and Parish Staffs

Beginning in 2019 the Office of Divine Worship will begin offering workshops for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion throughout the entire year. A total of seven workshops will be offered. In the Spring, workshops will be offered on Saturdays in deaneries II, III, IV, and V. In the Fall, workshops will be offered on Saturdays in deaneries I, VI, and VII. An individual may attend a workshop in any deanery. Updates, including locations and times, will be provided throughout the year. More information can be found on the Liturgy Workshops webpage.

Parish Lists of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are sent out annually each Spring. The lists are also available to Pastors by request made to the Office of Divine Worship.

Pastors may request updates to the Parish Lists at any time using the form below, especially when parishioners attend workshops.

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SCHEDULE OF WORKSHOPS 2019

 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Saint Theresa

21371 St. Theresa Lane

Ashburn, VA 20147

  • 10:00am-11:30am - Workshop for EMHCs (Main Church)
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm - Presentation: Why Liturgical Tradition Matters (Main Church)
  • 1:30pm-3:00pm - Workshop for Readers (Main Church)

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Queen of Apostles

4401 Sano St.

Alexandria, VA 22312

  • 10:00am-11:30am - Workshop for EMHCs (Hannan Hall)
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm - Presentation: Why Liturgical Tradition Matters (Hannan Hall)
  • 1:30pm-3:00pm - Workshop for Readers (Hannan Hall)

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

12807 Valleywood Drive

Lake Ridge, VA 22192

  • 10:30am-12:00pm - Workshop for EMHCs (Main Church)
  • 12:15pm-1:15pm - Presentation: Why Liturgical Tradition Matters (Fellowship Hall)
  • 1:30pm-3:00pm - Workshop for Readers (Main Church)

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Sacred Heart of Jesus (Winchester)

120 Keating Drive

Winchester, VA 22601

  • 10:00am-11:30am - Workshop for EMHCs (Muldowney Hall)
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm - Presentation: Why Liturgical Tradition Matters (Muldowney Hall)
  • 1:30pm-3:00pm - Workshop for Readers (Muldowney Hall)

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Workshops in Deaneries I, VI, and VII will be held in Fall 2019. Please check back for updates.