Extraordinary Ministry of the Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (often referred to “extraordinary minister” or EM) are laypersons who are commissioned by the Church to distribute Holy Communion either during Mass or in bringing it to the sick. This ministry is for confirmed Catholics in full communion with the Church. The term “extraordinary” distinguishes such a person from the ordinary minister of Holy Communion, namely, a bishop, priest or deacon.
EMs will receive initial hands-on training which includes both the theology and spirituality of the ministry as well as its practical aspects.
Formation in these ministries is an ongoing process. Annual half-day retreats are held to explore aspects of the spirituality of the ministries, to discuss practical matters and just to continue to build these important communities.
Formal but flexible scheduling enables ministers and parish staff to effectively manage these important ministries.
The Sunday Eucharist is the most important activity of our worshiping community. The following guidelines help us manifest the importance of the action we are engaged in.See Guidelines for Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion.