Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are lay members of a
particular installation chapel community (to which a priestchaplain
is permanently assigned) who assist the priest in the
distribution of Holy Communion at Mass, bring communion to the
sick or aged, or expose the Blessed Sacrament in a chapel for
Holy Hour because of the shortage of ordinary ministers.
Selection and Training
An EMHC must be a practicing Catholic, at least 18 years of age,
baptized, confirmed, received First Communion, reverential,
respectful of his/her faith and the Blessed Sacrament, of good
moral character, and not in an illicit marriage.
An EMHC must be a qualified person chosen and trained by a
priest-chaplain. The applicant’s name is submitted by using an
online form via the myAMS portal to the Chancellor of the
Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) only when a serious
need exists. The EMHC must be properly installed by the priestchaplain
at a community celebration at the installation according
to the rite provided in the Book of Blessings.
The priest-chaplain should do training and evaluation yearly (c.f.
Priest’s Manual 188.8.131.52).
An EMHC is commissioned to function within the jurisdiction of
the AMS for a period of three (3) years
An EMHC may distribute Holy Communion at Mass only when
there are no ordinary ministers (Bishop, Priest, Deacon) present,
or when those present are unable to distribute Communion, or
when the large size of the congregation justifies it. An EMHC may
also bring Communion to the sick or homebound members of the
installation with the frequency recommended in the rite of The
Pastoral Care of the Sick. EMHCs are ideally sent directly from
Mass to establish the connection between the Eucharistic
assembly and the sick.
An EMHC is not authorized to perform a communion service
nor give a blessing.
Ministers are always needed and welcome.
Contact Freddie Cooper if you are interested in this
Vital ministry @ 801-773-2426