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Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

EMHC Guidelines

The preparation, commissioning and renewal of Eucharistic Ministers has as its purpose what the Second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy states as ... "(#14). One way to support this goal is the participation of the laity as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist.  (Priests, deacons and bishops are the Ordinary Ministers of Communion.)  In doing so, the Church welcomes more participation in the Liturgy by all of the members of the Body of Christ. 

Next Training: January 31, 2009 from 11am to 3pm in Church

Qualifications for Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

  • a registered, practicing Catholic
  • an adult who has received the sacraments of Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation
  • attends Sunday Mass regularly
  • is a positive witness to the Christian way of life
  • knowledgeable of the Order of Mass
  • manner of dress and actions show reverence for the sacredness of Eucharist and the privilege of assisting at Liturgy
  • aware of the guidelines for the preparation, distribution and disposition of the Body and Blood of Christ
  • keeps current on new procedures
  • participates in Eucharistic Ministry training and renewals
  • approved for commissioning by the Diocese of Austin (interview)
  • commissioned at a St. William parish liturgy
  • secures a substitute from an approved list of ministers if unable to serve

May we always seek to become what we receive as we gather for Eucharist.  May our oneness in the Lord Jesus Christ bless and guide us as we serve Him in this ministry and continue to serve Him in the world. 

Training to become an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist are held a couple of times each year.  If you are interested in serving, contact Debbie George at the church office.