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Communion Ministers - Homebound

These ministers bring Holy Communion to the sick, the hospitalized, and the homebound. These ministers may also be Communion ministers at Saint Denis parish liturgies. Training is required and provided by Parishioner-Coordinator(s) and Saint Denis Staff.  By Diocesan regulation, all Communion ministers serve for three years, and must be approved by the Diocesan bishop.

With specific deputation by the pastor and proper training, extraordinary ministers of Communion may also serve in the following ways (using the appropriate form in the official rituals):

  • minister Communion to the sick or to shut-ins;
  • in the absence of a priest or deacon, expose the reserved Blessed Sacrament for public adoration and later repose it; they may not give benediction with the Blessed Sacrament;
  • in the absence of a priest or deacon, and with proper delegation by Bishop McCormack, lead the rite of Holy Communion Outside Mass.

Other special functions, like distributing ashes on Ash Wednesday or assisting with the St. Blaise blessing may be entrusted by the pastor to any appropriate lay person. That person need not be a minister of Communion, nor does commissioning as an extraordinary minister of Communion bring with it other privileges or duties.