Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Effective immediately, those who are interested to serve as Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC) must complete the application form below and return the signed application to the CPLC. There will be a MINISTRY TRAINING (or re certification training) for EHMC during July.

“In every celebration of the Eucharist, there should be a sufficient number of ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner. Bishops, priests and deacons distribute Holy Communion in virtue of their office as ordinary ministers of the Body and Blood of the Lord. When the size of the congregation or the incapacity of the bishop, priest, or deacon requires it, the celebrant may be assisted by other bishops, priests, or deacons. If such ordinary ministers of Holy Communion are not present, ‘the priest may call upon extraordinary ministers to assist him, i.e., duly instituted acolytes or even other faithful who have been deputed for this purpose. In case of necessity, the priest may also depute suitable faithful for this single occasion’ (General Instruction of the Roman Missal 162).” (2010, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.)

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are men and women who are fully initiated Catholics, and who have discerned a particular call by God to assist the priest in distributing the precious body and blood of Jesus at Mass.

EMHCs must not only exhibit a profound love of our Eucharistic Lord, but must also be properly trained and commissioned by the local pastor and approved by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA to perform this sacred duty when called upon to do so.

Before Mass:

  • Arrive at the chapel 15 minutes prior to Mass.
  • Check off your name on the schedule/MPC secure your EHMC cross necklace.
  • Lead EHMC:   Insure that there is a Large host in the paten on the credence table and that there are unconsecrated hosts in the chalice on the back “Gifts” table along with wine in the decanter.

During Mass:

Make a sign of peace with your family then line up against the wall on the far left of the altar. Sanitize your hands. Give out communion then return to your seat.

After Mass:

  • Take down: Bring vessels to the sacristy and insure that they are properly cleansed and put away. Check that the tabernacle in the Blessed Sacrament is closed and locked.

EMHC Application