Communion Service

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: I know that a  lay person who is an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist is permitted to conduct a communion service.  Our pastor said canon law only allows this to take place on a day when no Mass will be celebrated and a  priest is not available. He says that even on his days off a priest is technically available so we cannot have a communion service those days  either. Do you know where this restriction in  canon law can be found? It sounds like we can never have a communion service.


A: I am not a canonist, so I’m unfamiliar with such details in the law. Best is to ask your pastor to give you the number of the canon from the code.

Here are some previous posts:, and, which leads you to another one.

As I understand it, weekday communion services may take place even if there is a Mass on that day, though I would not advise it. But on Sundays (including Saturday afternoon / evening) there may be no communion service in a church where there was also (or will also be) a Mass.