Ministry Chair: George Zagar
Purpose: Extraordinary Ministers for the distribution of Holy Communion (EMHC) are properly formed,instructed and commissioned lay persons. EMHCs may be male or female. These ministers are appointed for a given parish community to aid in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass and to the sick and homebound when ordinary ministers of Holy Communion are unavailable. EMHCs are not to function apart from their parish community. Ordinarily, EMHCs do not perform any other liturgical ministry at the Mass at which they serve as an EMHC.
When the situation requires, the presider of the Mass may call upon members of the
faithful who are not EMHCs to aid him in the distribution of Holy Communion on that one occasion. Those called must be Catholics in good standing who are themselves able to
receive the Eucharist.
In order for a person to be appointed as an EMHC, the following conditions must be met:
• Be a Catholic living in harmony with the teachings of the Church and be
able to receive the Eucharist
• Be of sufficient age and maturity to perform the duties of an EMHC at
Mass or to the sick and homebound in various locations (i.e. private
homes, nursing homes, hospitals)
Formation and Training
Prior to beginning their ministry, EMHCs should be formed and trained in the following:
• Theology of the Eucharist and understanding of the Mass
• Theology and spirituality of ministry
• Universal church, archdiocesan and parish guidelines and procedures for
EMHCs should participate in ongoing theological and ministerial formation at the parish
and/or Archdiocesan level.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ at weekend Masses (on a rotating basis), major holidays of the year and special occasions.
Commitment: The Eucharistic Ministers are divided into six teams. They are expected to serve as many Masses as possible with that team.