Lay Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion enjoy the unique privilege of sharing the Body and Blood of Christ with others.
Lay Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is the proper title given to the men, women and young adults/teens who assist in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ during a celebration of the Mass. In addition to the "ordinary" ministers of Holy Communion, who are the priests and the deacons, the laity (those who have not received Holy Orders) are called "extra-ordinary", meaning "in addition to the ordinary."
To become a Lay Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (LEMHC) you must:
- be a registered and active member of the parish
- have received the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation
- receive initial and ongoing formation and training in accordance with the published schedule.
Initially LEHMCs are required to attend part 1 of Ministry Matters.
The second session of Ministry Matters is hands-on, practical training in the sacristy and on the altar for new Eucharistic Ministers. This session will be scheduled based on the availability of the new ministers after they have completed part 1 of Ministry Matters, usually within two weeks. After completion of part 2 new ministers can be added to the liturgical schedule.
After formation and training, you will be assigned a mentor who is an experienced minister. Your mentor will be available to answer questions or provide additional training until you are completely comfortable in your new role.
To grow in your ministry, you will be required to participate in one of the gathered additional formation opportunities that are offered throughout the year. Some formation opportunities will be self-guided; other opportunities will be offered to all lay liturgical ministers or specifically for LEMHCs through the Liturgy Committee.
Terms of Service
Liturgy Ministry at Saint Bridget is carried out in three year terms, renewable once. After up to six years of service, ministers are asked to take a Sabbath, a rest, from the work.
Questions? Please contact Mary Ann Peppiatt or Jon Stanley.