Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) serve by assisting the priest in distributing Holy Eucharist at Mass. This is an opportunity to meet people in the most intimate and sacred of Catholic encounters: the sharing of the Eucharist.
Our EMHCs also bring Eucharist to the sick in hospitals and to the homebound.
Who can be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion?
To be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, you must be a Roman Catholic who has received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. If married, you must have received the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church. Volunteers must attend an initial EMHC training held a various times during the year at St. Augustine. EMHC's coming from another parish in our diocese are welcome and encouraged to participate in this ministry at St. Augustine. In our diocese EMHCs are commissioned by the Bishop for a 3 year term with a certification.