Students Prepare to Become Special Ministers of Holy Communion

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Each year, Year 12 students are invited to consider becoming a Special Minister of Holy Communion after meeting the following criteria.

The person… should distinguish herself by Christian life, faith and morals; striving to be worthy of this great office, cultivating devotion to the Holy Eucharist and acting as an example to the other faithful by piety and reverence for the most Holy Sacrament of the altar. Let no one be chosen whose selection may cause scandal among the faithful” (#6 Immensae Caritatis)

Students need to:

  • Be baptised Catholics and have received the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation)
  • Attend Mass regularly
  • Be well respected by their peers
  • Be recognised in the school community as accepting all students regardless of ethnic, social or economic background or peer group.
  • Be willing to accept the role of Extraordinary Minister and the responsibility it implies to give Witness to the school community.

A Special Minister, formally known as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, assists the priest in the distribution of Communion.

In the application process, students must also articulate why they wish to be an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and what their involvement is in their Parish and in College service groups.

Once selected, students attend a training program run by the Deputy Principal, Mission, which involves both practical and theory components.  After the completion of training, students are commissioned at the College Opening Mass.

Each year, approximately 35 – 45 Year 12 students and a number of staff take up the call to become Special Ministers.

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