Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist in ministering Christ's body and blood to the People of God.

Parishioners are needed to administer the Eucharist at all Masses including daily Mass, weekend Masses, Holy Day Masses, and special Masses. The schedule is flexible.  Training leading to certification is required and provided.  Formation meetings are held for the purpose of ongoing training and scheduling.

Contact Martin Clarke or George Pfeifer for requirements and more information about becoming a Eucharistic Minister:  emhc@standrewchandler.com.

EMHC Certification Policy for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix

  1. Membership in parish one year (at pastor’s discretion but encouraged from point of view of fidelity to the community one wishes to serve).
  2. Men or women who are 16 years of age or older, acknowledged by peers and pastor to be an active Catholic in good standing with the Roman Catholic Church.
  3. Sacramental reception: Must have received the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation in the Roman Catholic Church.
  4. Names to be submitted to the Office of Worship – the list will be acknowledged by the Office of Worship and returned to the parish.
  5. All the faithful, especially those who will serve as extra ordinary ministers of Holy Communion, should be properly catechized on the following:
    • The ecclesial nature of the Eucharist as the common possession of the whole Church;
    • The Eucharist as the memorial of Christ’s sacrifice, his death and resurrection, and as the sacred Banquet;
    • The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharistic elements, whole and entire, in each element of bread and wine (the doctrine of concomitance);
    • The kinds of reverence due at all times to the sacrament, whether within the Eucharistic liturgy or outside the celebration;
    • The role that ordinary and, if necessary, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist are assigned in the Eucharistic assembly.”
  6. “Hands-on” training, including the importance of fulfilling commitment as scheduled.
  7. Recommended: Six hours of on-going formation, yearly.
  8. Diocesan Safe Environment Training – with annual renewal

Published by the Office of Worship with the approval of Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, April 2006.


If you are a current EMHC, please view or volunteer for an open position.