Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) assist the Ordinary (ordained) Ministers in administering the body and blood of Christ with our fellow worshipers in the Parish. Extraordinary Ministers can also serve as EMHC to the Sick and Homebound (formerly Ministers to the Sick and Homebound).
Those wishing to serve as Eucharistic Ministers must be fully initiated Roman Catholics and have a willingness to be of service to the Parish family. If you feel called to this ministry, you will be required to provide some background information about yourself and an explanation of why you feel called to serve in this ministry. This information will be given to the Pastor for approval. When approved, you will attend both local and diocesan training. These trainings are hosted by local parishes and are often held at Holy Family. The training usually takes place on a Saturday morning and is approximately 3 hours long. The Parish training is held in conjunction with the Diocesan training. Upon successful completion of all requirements, EMHC receive a 5-year Mandate from the Bishop. This is a year-round ministry and a wonderful way to serve God and your Holy Family family. There is always a need, and the ministry is open all people 16 and older who are fully initiated into the faith (i.e.: have received the Sacrament of Confirmation).
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion distribute the Body and Blood of Christ to the assembly at all Masses in the parish. They are mandated and approved by the Bishop of Orlando to assist with the needs of the parish surrounding the celebration of the Mass and the distribution of Holy Communion.
All Extraordinary Ministers must be approved and recommended by the pastor before submission to the Diocesan Office of Liturgy. Attendance at a one-day workshop, given by the Diocesan Office of Liturgy, is required before a mandate to serve in this ministry is issued. EMHCs are required to take the diocese's online Safe Environment testing; EMHCs to the Sick and Hmebound are also required to undergo the diocese's Fingerprinting. Mandates are effective for a five-year period and may be renewed by attendance at approved diocesan workshops for this purpose.
If, after prayer and reflection, you feel called to bring the Body and Blood of Christ to your sisters and brothers, we invite you to apply for this ministry. After all, as Christians we are all “Christ Bearers.”
Next diocesan training:
Feb. 16 – St. Joseph Parish, Winter Haven (deadline Feb. 1)
Feb. 23 – St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Kissimmee (deadline Feb. 8)
March 16 – Annunciation Parish, Altamonte Springs (deadline March 2)
For Current Ministers
Ministry Scheduler site (requires username, password; used to set and retrieve schedules for Masses, request substitutes)
Deacon Larry Brockman • 407-876-2211 • DeaconLarry@earthlink.net
Lynn Ramsey • 407-876-2211, x241 • firstname.lastname@example.org