An extraordinary minister of Holy Communion is an acolyte, or another of Christ's faithful who is able under certain circumstances to distribute Holy Communion. The term "extraordinary" distinguishes such a person from the ordinary (normal, regular) minister of Holy Communion, namely a bishop, priest, or deacon. Canon law permits that "[w]here the needs of the Church require and ministers are not available, lay people, even though they are not lectors or acolytes, can supply certain of their functions, that is, exercise the ministry of the word, preside over liturgical prayers, confer baptism and distribute Holy Communion, in accordance with the provisions of the law." The term "lay people" does not distinguish between men and women.If you feel that God is leading you to serve in this way at Mass, please fill out the form below and come to one of the training sessions listed. If you are unable to come to one of the training sessions, let us know and we can schedule an individual session!