Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
What are the qualifications to server as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion?
When the necessity exists, because of a lack of Ordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, for the use of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, the Church permits that pastors may choose and instruct laypersons to serve the Church in this way.
The first qualification is that the persons are fully initiated, that is, they have been Baptized, received First Holy Communion, and have been Confirmed.
The person must also be able to receive the Sacraments themselves, and so would be living either a Single life in conformity with the teachings and discipline of the Church, or if Married, have the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony received from the Catholic Church.
The person should be known to the pastor to be of good reputation and character and to have a spiritual life that fosters devotion to the Most Holy Eucharist.
The person must receive instruction concerning the manner of serving as an Extraordinary Minister at Mass and for home visits.
The person should be commissioned by their pastor or at least deputed for service.
Because of the expectation that EMHC’s will take Holy Communion to the homebound, they will also need to participate in Safe Environment training (VIRTUS) as well as a background check through the parish or the Diocese of Gallup.
It is a tremendous gift to be called to serve the Church in this manner. If after prayerful reflection, you would like to serve the Church in this capacity, please call Fr. Keller at the parish office to make an appointment.