Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “The Eucharist is a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Father, a blessing by which the Church expresses her gratitude to God for all his benefits, for all that he has accomplished through creation, redemption and sanctification” (CCC 1360).  

This is the ministry of those who assist the clergy in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ at the celebration of the Mass.  For those members of the parish who are interested in joining this ministry, your name should be submitted to either the coordinator or to the parish office.   You will be contacted for an interview, please note that the following is required for all ministers.

  1. Individual must be 14 years old
  2. Must be referred to the Diocese of Orlando by our Pastor
  3. Must attend a Diocesan workshop
  4. Must be a baptized Catholic, have received the sacraments of holy communion and confirmation
  5. Must be living in harmony with the teachings of the church.
  6. Must be a Catholic in good standing (state of grace)

Reverence and Attire :

EMHCs show utmost reverence for the Eucharist. This reverence is reflected in their demeanor at Mass (full, active and conscious participation in the  liturgy; CSL 14), their attire, and the manner in which they handle the Eucharist.  A neat and reverential appearance is in keeping with the minister’s role and belief in the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The minister’s attire should be appropriate and should not detract from that role. Please see the policy listed below:

Options for men:

  • Full dress suit with tie
  • Long pants with dress shirt and tie
  • Long pants with dress shirt and blazer

Options for women:

  • Dress
  • Skirt with blouse & jacket
  • Skirt with blouse and sweater
  • Pants suit or dress pants with dress shirt/sweater

NOTE: Shorts are NOT to be worn on the altar. For women skirts must be below the knees in length and shoulders MUST be covered. Sandals are not acceptable and no flip flops.

For more information please contact Mary Shelton