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Extraordinary Ministers

EMHC are required to be a Virtus Trained Volunteer and participate in a diocesan training to begin their service.


Procedures for extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion

The action of giving and receiving Holy Communion in both forms, bread and wine, is central to full participation of all the faithful in the celebration of the Eucharist.

The manner in which we dress, the way in which we move, our attitude of reverence should convey the great meaning of the gift of Christ to His people.

On those occasions we have visiting members of the clergy (bishop, priest or deacon) present at any Mass, you are asked to allow the clergy the opportunity to serve as Eucharistic ministers, since they are the ordinary ministers of Communion.

number of ministers of Holy Communion: 
at the Saturday 5:30  & Sunday 10 Mass
the celebrant distributes the Hosts
one minister distributes the Hosts
two ministers distribute the Precious Blood

On occasions such as Easter and Christmas, due to a larger than normal congregation, we may add two extra ministers of the cup to accommodate the larger congregation. 

When to approach the altar:  As you finish the Sign of Peace, the extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion walk immediately to behind the pulpit.  This will allow time for the sufficient number of ministers needed.  Stand behind the pulpit in a line facing the side of the altar.  Once the altar servers have moved, please proceed to the first step of the altar platform to receive Holy Communion.   

When receiving Holy Communion:  You are asked to make a reverence of a bow before you receive Holy Communion, under both forms. 

The celebrant will distribute the Hosts to all the ministers first and then distribute the chalices.  Those with a chalice will then offer the Precious Blood to the music director and other ministers if they so choose.  All Communion ministers will then take their places at the appropriate Communion station.

The celebrant will hand the paten to the Host minister and then both will go to a Communion station.  There will not be one station exclusively for the celebrant.

Distributing Communion:  The proper and only permissible form for distributing is by saying, “The Body of Christ” & “The Blood of Christ.”   No other words or names should be added; and the formula should not be edited in any way.  

Please make every effort to be aware of parishioners who, due to infirmity, may need Communion brought to them in their pew.  Please offer the chalice as well.

After Communion:  The celebrant will take the paten from the Host minister as they stand in front of the altar.  If any Precious Blood remains the minister, if able, will consume the remainder at the front of the altar and then place the chalice on the credence table.  The celebrant will purify the vessels at the credence table.  

F.Y.I.  Since we will be making an effort to follow the guidelines of the Church with regard to receiving Communion from bread that has been consecrated at the Mass, we may not often use the reserved Eucharist. 

Since the tabernacle is in the sanctuary, the celebrant and other ministers genuflect as they approach the altar and when they depart from it, but not during the celebration of Mass itself.

If the Eucharistic bread or some particle falls, it should be picked up reverently by the minister.  The consecrated bread may be consumed or placed in the ablution cup on the credence table.

If the consecrated wine is spilled from the chalice the area should be washed after Mass and the water poured into the sacrarium.

***If you notice there are not enough ministers present at Mass, please help out by coming forward.

THANK YOU for your attention and your efforts in helping our parish’s worship to give glory to God.