An Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is a lay person who has been commissioned to distribute Holy Communion when there are not sufficient priests or deacons available and/or in the case of a serious necessity (e.g. taking Holy Communion to the sick and homebound). The Extraordinary Minister is called extraordinary in order to distinguish him or her from the ordinary minister of Holy Communion, who is a bishop, priest, or deacon (Code of Canon Law, c. 910). This privilege includes the preparation of sacred vessels on the credence tables prior to Mass, distribution of Holy Communion during the Mass, and clean-up/storage of the vessels after Mass is concluded.
St. Paul’s is looking for EMHCs to serve at all Masses. The requirements are as follows:
- Be at least 16 years old.
- Have received all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation)
- Participate frequently in the Sacrament of Reconciliation
- Be in full communion with the church
- Attend the initial training session for New EMHCs and bi-annual trainings.
- Be approved by the parish and diocese and commissioned prior to beginning the ministry.
If you are interested in becoming an EMHC, please contact Maureen Siess at 904-502-6754 or email email@example.com; or MJ Antone at 904-222-0608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Bishop Kenny EMHCs are asked to notify us if you would like to serve at St. Paul’s). Thank you all for considering this important liturgical ministry.