Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHCs) have the privilege of assisting priests at Mass with the distribution of Holy Communion. This custom goes back to the earliest days of the Church, but came to an end in the 9th century when the handling of the consecrated bread and wine by the laity was strictly forbidden.

Among the many changes stemming from the Second Vatican Council was the understanding of the Mass as a special meal. It was in this context that in 1973 lay ministers were authorised to distribute Holy Communion once again.

Currently, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish has 30 active EMHC's for the weekend Masses who go on a roster of their preferred Mass times. Each roster goes for 12 weeks.

There is also a small reliable group at the weekday 12 noon Masses as well as volunteers who take Holy Communion to parishioners who are unable to attend Mass. They also visit the hospitals and aged care facilities.

For more information on becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, contact the Parish Office.