5.9.5.8 Authorizations of Those Entrusted With in Pastoral Care of Parishes

1. Pastoral coordinators are authorized to serve as ministers of exposition and reposition, but not benediction, of the Blessed Sacrament; [1] as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and Viaticum; [2] and to administer sacramental blessings according to the Book of Blessings and the rites. [3]

2. In the case of an emergency, a pastoral coordinator must make every effort to contact the pastor, sacramental minister or a priest from a neighboring parish to celebrate the baptism of a person in danger of death. If these efforts fail, the pastoral coordinator is authorized to and should baptize the person.

3. In case of an emergency, a pastoral coordinator must make every effort to contact the pastor, sacramental minister or a priest from a neighboring parish to celebrate the Anointing of the Sick and the other Rites of the Pastoral Care of the Sick. If these efforts fail, the pastoral coordinator is authorized to and should administer Viaticum. Only a priest may administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

4. In the absence of a priest or deacon, pastoral coordinators are authorized to conduct the rites of Christian funeral according to the liturgical books and diocesan norms with the exception of the Mass of Christian burial liturgy itself.

5. Pastoral coordinators are authorized to preach on those occasions which are permitted them according to the canons, the complimentary norms and the liturgical books. (See #4.2 Preaching of the Word of God.)



[1] c. 943.

[2] cc. 910 §2, 911 §2.

[3] General Introduction to the Book of Blessings, n. 18, d; Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults.


Date approved by Bishop


Posted by
Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor