Office for Worship

Diocese of Cleveland

Distribution of Holy Communion

Communion in our DioceseRegarding the distribution of Holy Communion, the Church teaches that ordinary minister is a bishop, presbyter or deacon.1 The extraordinary minister of Holy Communion is an acolyte or another member of the Christian faithful designated by the bishop to distribute Holy Communion.2

Those who assist as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion must be fully initiated in the Roman Catholic Church, that is, they are to have received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

Please consult your parish if you are interested in becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. The pastor of your parish will forward the names of the candidates to this ministry to the Office for Worship.3

For additional information please see Instruction: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Assisting at Mass and Communion of the Sick in the Diocese of Cleveland

1 Code of Canon Law (hereinafter noted as CIC) 910 §1
2 CIC 910 §2
3 Section 21 Commissioning from the Instruction: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Assisting at Mass and Communion of the Sick in the Diocese of Cleveland

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