An Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC) is a non-ordained person who is commissioned to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ to the gathered faithful at Mass. The Catholic Church prefers that only Ordinary Ministers - ordained ministers such as priests and deacons - distribute the Body and Blood of Christ. However, due to the shortage of ordained priests and deacons, the Church commissions lay ministers to serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
EMHC Ministry Qualifications:
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) must be registered parishioners of Saint Michael Catholic Church, have received the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist), be living a Catholic Sacramental life (meaning you regularly attend Mass and celebrate the Sacraments), and be in good standing with the Catholic Church (if you are married, your marriage must be recognized by the Catholic Church.