The Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion training program is undertaken in collaboration with your local Catholic worship community and culminates in a practical training session with your local pastor.

Over five modules, you will engage in enquiry and reflection-based activities as well as interact with other trainees and a highly experienced liturgy instructor.

This effective program runs for five weeks. Each weekly online module takes between 2 and 2.5 hours to complete and is supplemented by a live one-hour Zoom class held on a nominated weekday evening.

You will study topics including practical skills for ministry, important issues for ministers including health-related concerns, an overview of key concepts and important historical developments, and a walk through the Mass.

Program cost

The cost of the program is $100. A group discount of 20 per cent is offered when five or more people from the same community are sponsored by their parish or community.

More information

Would you like further information on programs tailored to meet the needs of specific diocesan, deanery and school groups, such as in-person or intensive courses? Contact the ACU Centre for Liturgy at

Further Information

The program is designed for new and experienced Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in Catholic communities who desire to learn more about their ministry, hone their skills and deepen their understanding of the liturgy. Those seeking to minister need to be fully initiated in the Roman Catholic Church (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) have sufficient maturity (at least 16 years of age), and “whose good qualities of Christian life, faith, and morals recommend them” (Immensae Caritatis 1.6).

The online format enables all Catholic communities, especially those in isolated areas or with fewer resources, to access high-quality liturgical formation.

Individuals, school groups, parishes and diocesan groups may register. All participants must be authorised by their local pastor or delegate before registering.

A separate program for larger groups may be negotiated by contacting the ACU Centre for Liturgy at

Before registering online, you need to seek a recommendation from your local pastor. The program operates in collaboration with your local community, so this first step is important.

Your pastor may submit the Permission form online here. Alternatively, the Permission form can be downloaded and given to your pastor to complete.

Once the ACU Centre for Liturgy receives the Permission form, you will be provided with a link to complete your individual registration.

The next Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion online training program is scheduled to commence on 23 July 2024. A subsequent programs is planned for October 2024.

If you are interested in joining a program, please start the process of registration by requesting that your parish priest submit the nomination form (see "How do I register").  This will ensure that  you are advised of new program dates as they are settled. 

A dedicated program for a specific community or diocesan groups (subject to a minimum number of enrolees) may be negotiated by contacting the ACU Centre for Liturgy


The program uses the online OpenLearning platform, which enables you to read and engage with the material, communicate with other trainees, discuss topics, ask questions and make comments.

The program is divided into five weekly modules. Each module consists of online coursework, some follow-up tasks and a one-hour Zoom session. A local community training session is scheduled towards the end of the program, replacing the weekly Zoom class.

Once your registration is successful, you will be enrolled in the next available program, or the one nominated by you on the form. You will receive a link to the OpenLearning platform before the program begins.

Shortly before your program commences, you will be invited to an introductory Zoom class. This is where you will meet other participants and become familiar with the online learning platform navigation and prompts.

You will also be given access to a helpful ‘getting started’ reference document. This contains an illustrated overview of various features of the program and how to communicate with others.

This program is undertaken in partnership with your local community. Your local pastor will provide an initial recommendation for you to register for the program (see ‘How do I register?’).

Throughout the program you will be invited to observe your community and seek local information and guidelines.

A simple outline of this training session will be provided for you and your local community.

You only need basic computer skills to complete this program.

OpenLearning is a web-based program, so you only require your regular internet browser to access materials. You will use Zoom for the weekly classes.

The online program involves clicking on links to videos, articles and websites etc, reading webpages and, in some cases, saving documents. The materials and links are presented clearly on each page.

Communication with the course instructor and the other participants takes place via a straightforward message-style chat box. A direct link to the Zoom classroom is provided on the home page of the program, providing simple and easy access.

You will receive a certificate of completion upon successfully finishing all components of the program. You must:

  • complete all five online modules and associated tasks
  • attend all weekly Zoom classes (unless prior agreement has been reached for an unavoidable absence).
  • attend and provide details of your local practicum
  • engage in a short reflection on your ministry in response to some guiding questions.

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