During the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) assist the pastor and deacon in distributing Holy Communion. It is a blessing to serve each member of the parish family through the Eucharist. These ministers also bring the sacrament to those who are sick and homebound. In this way, those who are unable to participate in Sunday Mass with the entire assembly can still share in the communion of sacrament and friendship.
“The faithful who are special ministers of communion must be persons whose good qualities of Christian life, faith, and morals recommend them. Let them strive to be worthy of this great office, foster their own devotion to the eucharist, and show an example to the rest of the faithful by their own devotion and reverence toward the most august sacrament of the altar.” (Immensae caritatis, #1/VI)
To be eligible to serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion one must be a baptized Catholic, confirmed and under no canonical penalty. They must also be an active practicing Catholic and at least 18 years of age. If they are married, their marriage must have taken place in the Catholic Church or have been blessed in the Catholic Church.