Commission for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
The publication of the Vatican Document “Immensae Caritatis” in 1974 permitted the appointment of ‘Extraordinary Ministers’ to assist with the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass and to take Holy Communion to the Sick and Housebound. After appropriate training, the first such ministers for the Nottingham Diocese were commissioned by Bishop James McGuinness in 1978. On average almost 100 have been commissioned each year since then, latterly of course, being commissioned by Bishop Malcolm McMahon O.P.
The administration of the ministers within the diocese is under the umbrella of the Diocesan Commission for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, with a Priest Chairman and Vice-Chairman appointed by the Bishop, and an Executive appointed by the Chairman.
In addition each of the 13 deaneries is represented by one elected extraordinary minister, For convenience the deaneries are grouped into 4 ‘county groups’. In each parish one of the extraordinary ministers acts as ‘Parish Contact’ for communication purposes both with the county groups and the ministers within the parish.