Through this ministry laypeople have the opportunity to participate in the Liturgy of the Eucharist by assisting the ordinary minister of the Eucharist, the priest or bishop, and the ordinarym minister of Holy Communion, the deacon or duly instituted Acolyte, by serving as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMCs).
In addition to assisting with distribution of Holy Communion at weekend, weekday, and other special Masses, EMCs provide a service to the community by bringing Communion to those who are temporarily ill at home or home-bound permanently due to frailty of age or other infirmity. This ministry also serves the hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities within our parish and in other parishes, with permission and cooperation from the pastors of those parishes. In this manner a tradition is carried on that began with the very earliest references to Mass in the first and second centuries.
Those wishing to be part of this ministry must be Catholics who have received all of their sacraments and if married have done so in the Church. The pastor approves the applications and the applicants attend a day to be given information provided by trained facilitators of the Archdiocese. The tenure of EMCs is three years and is subject to renewal. Each year, during the Holy Thursday Liturgical Celebration, the ministry is gathered together before the Altar to renew their vow and commitment to serve the community.
If you have any questions regarding this ministry please contact Joseph & Tere Ingellis at (954)659-8900.