Lay Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (LEMHC) 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 are called "extra-ordinary", meaning "in addition to the ordinary."
To become a Eucharistic Minister, 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 usually within two weeks and be based on the availability of those new ministers who have completed Part 1. After completion of part 2 new ministers can be added to the liturgical schedule.
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.