Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion

  •  Introduction: The ordinary minister of Holy Communion is a bishop, priest or deacon (CANON 910, §1). However, other members of the faithful, known as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion (EMHCs), may be commissioned to assist with the distribution of the Sacrament (CANONS 230, §3 AND 910, §2). EMHCs can ensure a timely and reverent distribution of Communion among a large assembly. 

  • As EMHCs you model for the assembly the presence of Christ in these different ways. In the corporate worship of the eucharist we cannot reduce eucharist to only the consecrated host. The eucharist is where we offer ourselves to God for one another as Jesus did and praise God for what we have to offer. Then we go out to be the Body of Christ for the world. You must show an attitude of devotion and reverence towards the eucharist in your actions before, during, and after the liturgy.

  • Who can Serve as an EMHC? “In this ministry, you must be examples of Christian living in faith and conduct; you must strive to grow in holiness through this sacrament of unity and love. Remember that, though many, we are one body because we share the one bread and one cup.” -- The Rite of Commissioning Special Ministers of Holy Communion.

  • Those selected to serve as EMHCs should be fully initiated members of the community who strive to live the Christian life, to give good example, and who are devoted to this great mystery which signifies the unity of the Church and brings it about. The Church is not expecting saints to carry out this ministry; but those who take their faith seriously and desire to grow in that faith.

  • 1. The EMHC must be fully initiated in the Catholic Church (i.e., baptized and confirmed).

  • 2. It is the pastor’s responsibility to ensure that all EMHCs receive appropriate spiritual, theological and practical training to exercise this ministry with knowledge and reverence.

  • 3. The EMHC must be commissioned to serve in the assigned parish(es)/ institution(s). Commissioning is valid for a period of three years at a time. Those interested in serving as an EMHC should contact their pastor. A pastor or bishop may terminate the service of the EMHC at any time, and the EMHC may also resign at any time. 4. It is preferable that EMHCs do not serve simultaneously in other liturgical ministries, such as lectors or choir members at the Mass. It is more decorous and reverent for an individual to concentrate on a single ministry and it better represents and respects the diversity of gifts in the community.



  • How is Holy Communion Distributed?

  • Your reverence for the people you serve and for the Sacrament will show itself in your actions. Take care to minister with unhurried and deliberate movements. Stand with good posture but be at ease with those to whom you minister. Your presence at the Lord’s table should reflect both comfort and care. Give full attention to each person who comes forward. Allow the moment to be a sacred moment for each communicant.


  • To distribute the Body of Christ: hold the host slightly above the vessel look into the eyes of the communicant and clearly say, “The Body of Christ”. It is important to speak to the person, not to the air, the host, or the vessel. Wait for the communicant to respond, “Amen” then place the host on the communicant’s hand or tongue. This is a special conversation, a faith statement, not a commonplace dialogue.


  •  Do not use the name of the person to whom you are giving communion or any additional words. The act of giving and receiving communion is an act of faith in the presence of Christ. Nothing should dilute or diffuse that action. Every person who comes to the Lord’s Table is equal and should be treated with the same hospitality and respect. Moreover, through baptism and Eucharist we are one in Christ and through Him are bound to one another. Everything else, including our name, is secondary.


  • To distribute the Blood of Christ: hold the cup up slightly, look into the eyes of the communicant and say “The Blood of Christ”. Wait for the communicant to respond, “Amen”. The communicant then takes the cup and drinks a small amount. Only in the case of physical infirmity or weakness should the EMHC assist in holding the cup. Receive the cup back from the communicant with both hands and wipe the rim inside and out with a purificator where the person drank.

Extra ordinary Ministers of Mother Teresa Syro Malabar Community 

  • George K

  • Kurian Joseph

  •  Tomy M.

  • Neena Thomas

  •  JoshyScaria

  • Sheena

  • Joseph

  • Thankamma

  • Shiny Varghese

  • Joseph  Scaria

Contact:  St. Mother Teresa Syro Malabar Catholic Church

3311,49 Street SW,Calgary AB T3E 6M6

Ph. 7782232474, email. calgarysyromalabarcommunity@gmail.com 

Charity Number: 757966320RR0002, Cheques payable: ST.MOTHER TERESA  CATHOLIC  CHURCH, CALGARY

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