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Ministers of Holy Communion

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Special Ministers of Holy Communion, previously called 'Eucharistic ministers', assist the priest at the Sunday liturgies - if there are not already sufficient priests and deacons present - by helping him to give the Body and Blood of the Lord to the gathered assembly.

They may also be asked to express the parish’s care and concern for the sick by bringing Holy Communion to them in their homes or in hospitals and nursing homes.

Their ministry is considered a special privilege because of their closeness to the Lord who is present in the Eucharist and present in every person who comes to receive him.

The Galway Diocesan Pastoral Centre offers formation courses for people wishing to serve as a Minister of Holy Communion. If you feel called to serve the Lord and your parish community as a Minister of Holy Communion, please contact a priest in your parish to offer yourself for training. Click here to find your parish contact details.