Q. Who should attend?
A. Those who have a true devotion to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament and feel called to this extraordinary ministry of distributing His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity to followers of Christ at Mass, as well as bringing His True Presence to the sick, hospitalized, and home bound.
Current EMs who wish to continue in this ministry must attend in order to renew their commissioning by the diocesan bishop.
Q. Are there any requirements necessary to become an EM?
A. Yes. To serve as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, persons must:
a. be practicing Catholics, distinguished in their Christian life, faith and morals;
b. be at least 16 years old;
c. have received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist;
d. demonstrate a deep reverence for and devotion to the holy Eucharist;
e. possess the requisite abilities and temperament to carry out their assigned duties.
In addition to meeting the qualifications listed above, candidates for this ministry must be able to deal with the sick and the aged in a compassionate and understanding manner, always conscious of the serious obligation to respect the confidence of those to whom they minister.
Q. What will I learn at this workshop?
A. Those who attend this workshop will experience basic theological and spiritual formation, as well as training in practical and liturgical skills.
Q. Who can I talk to if I have more questions?
A. Please contact the ministry chair, Mike Stanger, at 304-947-7194 (email@example.com), or Judi McBee, OCDS, Director of Religious Education, at 240-343-0492 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.