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Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

1Servers, lectors, commentators, and choir members exercise a genuine liturgical function. They ought, therefore, to discharge their office with the sincere piety and decorum demanded by so exalted a ministry and rightly expected of them by God's people. Consequently, they must all be deeply imbued with the spirit of the liturgy, each in his own measure, and they must be trained to perform their functions correctly and orderly. From Vatican II, Sacrosanctum Concilium #29
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 absent, "the priest may call upon extraordinary ministers to assist him, (including) other faithful who have been deputed for this purpose."
Being an EMHC
  • Desire to serve the Lord
  • A practicing member of the St. Michael the Archangel Parish
  • High school age and confirmed
  • Belief in the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist
  • Attend EMHC's training sessions
  • To fulfill your commitment to your assigned day
  • Arrive a little early and check in (sheet by the side door)
  • Sit where you can easily leave the pew and arrive at the altar on time
  • To reverently distribute the Body and Blood of Christ
  • Dress appropriately
  • Nine (9) Extraordinary Ministers are needed at each Saturday/Sunday Mass. Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist may request to serve at a particular Mass (day/time).
  • St. Michael has a great need for EMHC's. EMHC's are now serving about every two or three weeks.
  • Scheduling accommodates those with sons who are altar servers, so that the family can attend the same Mass.
How to Become an EMHC
We have an upcoming training scheduled for Monday, May 15, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm in the Church. To sign up for training, please visit Liturgical Training: Liturgical Training (
If interested in learning more about becoming EMHC, please contact Patrick Cummings
Interested in volunteering for Communion for the Homebound? Learn more
Please contact Parish secretary for questions regarding the schedule.