Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
The Archdiocese of Atlanta has given some concrete expressions of these norms, namely that an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, if married, be married within the Church, have received the sacrament of Confirmation, and be at least 16 years of age. In addition, it is necessary that the individual receive the certification of their pastor that they are properly qualified and trained.
Those under the age of 18 are certified for one year. After 1 year they must be re-certified.
At OLA, our expectations are that teens who serve as EMs (Extraordinary Ministers):
EMs who train and are not 18 must be re-trained every year per Archdiocesan rules. Training is typically held in August and an additional training may be held after Confirmation depending on interest.
Teens who would like to serve and will be Confirmed in November may attend the August training. They will not be commissioned until after they receive Confirmation. Once commissioned, they will be added to the schedule and may serve at any Mass.
Please contact the Assistant Youth Minister for training dates and details at email@example.com.
In its Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy (1963), the Second Vatican Council declared that Christ “is present in his word since it is he himself who speaks when the holy Scriptures
are read in the Church” (n.7). This means that, as a lector, when you proclaim the Scriptures during the Liturgy of the Word, Christ speaks through you. By fulfilling the ministry of lector you make Christ present in a special and important way. This is a great privilege indeed.
In order to lector at 5:30 Mass, you must:
Lectors must attend a one hour training session each year. At the training, we will go over how to prepare for a reading and when to go up as well as familiarize lectors with the sound system. Please contact the Assistant Youth Minister for training dates and details at firstname.lastname@example.org