Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC)
Extraordinary ministers distribute Holy Communion at Mass when there are insufficient ordained ministers capable of administering the Sacrament, to ensure a timely and reverent distribution of Communion. Outside of Mass, some extraordinary ministers assist priests and deacons in the distribution of Holy Communion to the sick and homebound. Additionally, if an ordinary minister is not available, an extraordinary minister has the obligation to bring Viaticum to a dying person.
Extraordinary ministers must be Catholics, whose qualities of Christian life, faith and morals recommend them. In the Archdiocese of Boston, they must have received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, be at least sixteen years of age and participate regularly in the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church. If the extraordinary minister is married, the marriage must be one recognized by the Church.
Service as an extraordinary minister is not intended to be a permanent ministry; therefore, the minister serves at the discretion of the pastor for a period of three years.
Taken from: “Policy on the Use of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of Boston”
*If you would like to help as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, please contact the Parish Offices at 978-685-1111.
The Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion receive formation classes to deepen their love for the Eucharist and the spirit of service for our brothers and sisters. Please see below the next formation classes: