An extraordinary minister of Holy Communion (EMHC) is, under the Code of Canon Law, “an acolyte, or another of Christ’s faithful deputed”, in certain circumstances, to distribute Holy Communion. The ordinary (normal) ministers of Holy Communion are a bishop, priest or deacon.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are called upon by the presiding minister (bishop, priest or deacon) to assist in the distribution of Holy Communion when either they cannot be present, or the number of people present in the congregation is sufficient enough that administration by ordinary ministers alone would unnecessarily elongate the celebration. The EMHC will also be called upon by the parish priest to aid in carrying Holy Communion to the sick and housebound who cannot reasonably make it to Mass to help them fulfil their obligation of receiving Holy Communion once a week.
To register your interest or to nominate someone, please contact the parish Priest.