What and How to Become an EMHC
What’s an extraordinary minister of communion?
“Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion” is the formal title of laypeople who distribute the Eucharist during Mass. As the title implies, there are also “ordinary ministers” – those who are literally “ordained” to the ministry namely bishops, priests, and deacons. These ministers are the first in order to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ. Extraordinary Ministers share responsibility for distributing the Eucharist at Masses ‘
Who and how can one become an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion?
Any man or woman, who is acknowledged by their peers and their pastor to be a practicing Catholic in good standing and who is in full communion with the Catholic Church.
- Practicing Catholic means that you attend Catholic Mass regularly, you are a registered member of a Catholic parish, give of your time, talent and treasure, and that you witness to your faith with your life choices.
- Full Communion means that you have been baptized and have celebrated the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation in the Catholic Church.
. · If you are married, you have been married by a priest or a deacon in the Catholic Church, or have had your marriage validated or had a dispensation from the local Bishop to be married in the church of another faith tradition.
- All ministers must complete the Safe Environment Training, background check, and signed Code of Conduct.
- Names will be submitted to the bishop with the pastor’s approval.
- A training class is required as well as Safe Environment training.
Extraordinary Ministers are scheduled for the Mass of preference. For example if you normally attend the 10:30 Mass you will be scheduled at that Mass.
Training to become a New Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is held throughout the year.
Please note: Must safe environment compliant before taking the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion training.
For more information or if you are interested please contact Patty Call 734-9522
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion serving at St. Mary’s
Monday November 13 at 7:00 pm
In St. Mary’s Church.