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Commissioning of Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers
Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministry of Holy Communion in the Archdiocese must be commissioned at a parish of the Archdiocese.
- They must also be registered with the Office of Divine Worship.
- EMHCs should be commissioned on the Feast of Corpus Christi each year.
- The Commission lasts for a period of 3 years. This can be renewed.
- Pastors will ensure that all EMHC have received adequate training either at the local parish or at an Archdiocesan training session prior to commissioning.
- Each EMHC will be given a certificate from the Archbishop detailing their commission.
From the Archdiocesan Norms for EMHCs:
To serve as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, besides knowing how to distribute Holy Communion according to the rites of the church, persons must:
- be practicing Catholics, distinguished in their Christian life, faith and morals;
- be at least 16 years old;
- have received the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and Holy Eucharist;
- demonstrate a deep reverence for and devotion to the Most Holy Eucharist;
- possess the requisite abilities and temperament to carry out their assigned duties;
- be examples to the parish community in their own reverent participation at Mass, reception of Holy Communion and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion must be properly trained both in the theology and the practice of their role before beginning the ministry. Please contact Terri (x101) or Claire (x104) at the parish office for questions or information.