The role of the Eucharistic Assistant or Communion Assistant is to assist the minister in the distribution of the bread and wine at Holy Communion, and equally to assist the congregation to receive from God in the sacrament.
This role of Eucharistic Assistant is both a privilege and a responsibility. It is for the incumbent and PCC to nominate and agree those who should share this role. The bishop will signify his affirmation of this Eucharistic role with a notice of confirmation to the parish.
HOW TO NOMINATE NEW EUCHARISTIC ASSISTANTS
The incumbent and PCC need to agree names, and the decision should be recorded in the PCC minutes.
Names should then be sent to the Bishop of Manchester’s secretary using the nomination forms below. The parish will then receive a certificate of authorisation from the Bishop.
Eucharistic Assistants in the Diocese of Manchester: Guidance
Eucharistic Assistants: Introductory booklet
Nomination Form - Administration at Public Worship