Extraordinary Ministers of Communion (EMC), as “extraordinary” ministers of Communion, assist priests and deacons with the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass and to the sick and homebound in their places of residence. Whether at Mass or in other special situations, the minister enables the recipient to share more deeply in the Body of Christ and experience the great love of the Triune God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
This ministry arises from the reforms of the liturgy established by the Second Vatican Council. In 1973, Pope Paul VI promulgated the document known as Immensae Caritatis (“Immense Love”) that fostered greater participation by the faithful in sacramental Communion. The Holy Father wrote:
Therefore, in order that the faithful… may share in the Sacred Banquet and not be deprived of this sacramental help and consolation, it has seemed appropriate to the Holy Father to establish Extraordinary Ministers.
The ministers perform this liturgical function to assist the priest and deacon who are the ordinary ministers of Communion. As Pope Paul VI noted, they perform this ministry to enable the assembly to participate fully in the sharing of the Body and Blood of Jesus.
Who Can Serve
This ministry is open to all persons who have received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist and who meet the requirements of the parish and the Diocese of Pensacola/Tallahassee. After appropriate training, the rector formally commissions those qualified as "extraordinary" ministers of Communion. Consider serving Christ and your church community by distributing Holy Communion at the Mass that you regularly attend on Sunday. We invite and welcome all who would like to be trained to serve in this way to contact us.
For more information and/or to volunteer for this ministry, contact St. Eugene at: firstname.lastname@example.org