Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion


To assist the priests and deacons in the reverent distribution of Holy Communion to the St. Joan of Arc parish family.

About This Ministry:

The role of the Extraordinary Minister is to assist the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion when other priests or deacons are not available or when numbers of persons receiving Holy Communion necessitate more ministers for an orderly and reverent distribution of Holy Communion.

Specific roles include:

  • Distributing Holy Communion under both species, consecrated bread and wine, in the Church at weekend and Holy Day Masses
  • Distributing ashes on Ash Wednesday
  • Bringing Holy Communion to the homebound members of the parish
  • Bringing Holy Communion to the sick at the local hospital and rehabilitation center


Extraordinary Ministers commit to serving at their assigned weekend Mass and at Holy Day Masses. Extraordinary Ministers arrive at least 15 minutes before their assigned Mass. An initial training session is held for new Extraordinary Ministers.


Extraordinary Ministers distribute Holy Communion in St. Joan of Arc Church at weekend and Holy Day Masses. Extraordinary Ministers ensure that all stations are covered for Holy Communion and when necessary, ask other Extraordinary Ministers for assistance.

Extraordinary Ministers may also participate in the following St. Joan of Arc ministries:

Who Should Consider Joining:

Those who have a spiritual desire to administer the Precious Body and Blood of Christ to our fellow members of the faithful. Parish members may participate if they are 18 years of age or older and have received all Sacraments of Initiation in the Catholic Church.