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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 18 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

Workshops are held in Deaneries II-V in the Spring and in Deaneries I, VI-VII in the Fall. Additional workshops may be offered by request and at the discretion of 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.



In accordance with the Diocese of Arlington Response to COVID-19, the Liturgy Workshops for Spring 2020 have been cancelled.



  1. Saturday, February 29, 2020, Our Lady of Hope (Potomac Falls)


  1. Saturday, April 6, 2019, Saint Theresa (Ashburn)
  2. Saturday, April 27, 2019, Queen of Apostles (Alexandria)
  3. Saturday, May 11, 2019, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (Lake Ridge)
  4. Saturday, May 18, 2019, Sacred Heart of Jesus (Winchester)
  5. Tuesday-Thursday, June 11-13, 2019, Our Lady of Lourdes (Arlington)
  6. Tuesday, September 10, 2019, Christ the Redeemer (Sterling) [EMHC workshop only]
  7. Saturday, September 14, 2019, Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception (Fredericksburg)
  8. Saturday, September 21, 2019, Saint John the Evangelist (Warrenton)
  9. Wednesday, October 2, 2019, Cathedral of Saint Thomas More (Arlington) [EMHC & Reader workshops]
  10. Saturday, October 5, 2019, Saint James (Falls Church)
  11. Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Cathedral of Saint Thomas More (Arlington) [EMHC & Usher workshops]
  12. Saturday, October 19, 2019, Saint Veronica (Chantilly)
  13. Wednesday, November 5, 2019, Bishop Ireton High School (Alexandria) [EMHC workshop only]