A very special role, an example for us all.
The administration of Holy Communion at Mass is an important liturgical ministry in the parish. In addition to bringing the sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ to the people of God, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion witness to faith in the real presence of Christ by their actions and by the dignity and reverence with which they treat the Body of Christ.
Those who fulfill this ministry are to be fully initiated, active members of the parish. They should be of sufficient age (at least 15 years old), maturity and temperament to undertake this ministry. They must have no impediment to receiving Holy Communion and participating in the sacramental life of the Church. Candidates should be physically able to exercise this ministry.
The person who has been appointed to be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion*
must be duly instructed and should distinguish himself or herself by
Christian life, faith, and morals:
striving to be worthy of this great office; cultivating devotion to the Holy Eucharist
and acting as an example to the other faithful
by piety and reverence for this Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
* Formerly: Special Minister of Holy Communion
Are you extraordinary?
For more information on Diocese requirements to be mandated as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, please see the below documents.
If you’re interested in becoming an EMHC, please fill in the form below, or fill out the ministry form on the main “Ministries” page of this site (HERE), and someone will contact you as soon as possible.
EMHC Guidelines and Requirements – English
EMHC Guidelines and Requirements – Español