According to Redemptionis Sacramentum, an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC) is a layperson formally instituted to administer Holy Communion during the Roman Catholic Mass. They are referred to as extraordinary as the ordinary ministers of Holy Communion are Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are particularly dedicated to the Eucharist. Their purpose is to serve the congregation at Saint Jude by distributing Jesus in the Holy Eucharist to the faithful. Eucharistic Ministers assist the priest-celebrant in distributing holy communion at Sunday and daily Masses and at special feasts during the year. Mandatory training is provided.
EMHCs must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Holy Communion, and Confirmation to attend training. Certification Training is required and must be renewed every year for Ministers 16 -17 years old and every three years for adults. We generally hold our training sessions in February, May, September, and October.