Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion distribute the Eucharist or the Precious Blood when there are not enough Ordinary Ministers (priests or deacons) to distribute Holy Communion at Mass in a timely manner.
In addition, Extraordinary Ministers may also volunteer to bring communion to the homebound or nursing homes residents who otherwise are not able to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. None of us are worthy to bring the Blessed Sacrament to others, but without Extraordinary Ministers, fellow parishioners who are unable to attend Mass would possibly not receive Holy Communion for many months at a time. It is a privilege, an honor, and a duty to help ensure our homebound brothers and sisters in the Faith are given the grace of the Sacrament of the Eucharist for their strength and encouragement.
Requirements to become an EM
- At least age 18 and in good standing with the Church.
- Complete the application.
- After Pastor’s approval, attend all required orientation, formation and yearly Day of Recollection and Recommissioning meetings.
- Must complete Safe Environment Training and provide proof of completion.
- No time commitment outside of attendance at Mass to be an Extraordinary Minister, other than what is listed above.
- If bringing Holy Communion to the homebound, every week or possibly once every two weeks is recommended.
- If bringing Holy Communion to a nursing home, every week.
- Becoming a substitute for any of the above is on an as-needed basis.