Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

As ministers of Holy Communion be, therefore, especially observant of the Lord's command to love your neighbor. For when he gave his body as food to his disciples, he said to them: 'This is my commandment, that you should love one another as I have loved you.'"

- Book of Blessings, No. 1875

Bishops, priests and deacons are the Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. When these Ordinary Ministers are present, they are to distribute Holy Communion unless they are unable to do so. In their absence, or if the number of communicants is too large for only Ordinary Ministers, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion may distribute Holy Communion.

The Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMoHC) is a lay person who assists at Mass through the distribution of Holy Communion and takes Communion to the sick, the dying, those imprisoned, and others unable to celebrate the Eucharist with the parish community. The EMoHC must be:

  1. Fully initiated (having received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist).
  2. Catholics in good standing (believe and practice the teachings of the Church, are not in an invalid marriage, have no impediments to receiving the Sacraments, etc.)
  3. Respected for their faith and integrity by both the priest and the community
  4. At least 16 years old
  5. Fully able to comprehend the ministry that they are undertaking
  6. Properly trained through a diocesan workshop or another manner approved by the Bishop in the appropriate and reverent manner of fulfilling this ministry
    (taken from the Diocese of Madison Office of Worship)

At the Cathedral Parish, we use Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for special occasions (primarily for distributing the Precious Blood) as well as taking Holy Communion to the sick.

If you are interested in this opportunity please contact the parish office at (608) 257-5000 or cathedral@isthmuscatholic.org.