The Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are bishops, priests and deacons (the ordained). Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are the laity identified by the pastor and appointed by the Archbishop, who assist in the distribution of Holy Communion during Mass when needed.
Also, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are needed to allow for a more frequent administration of Holy Communion outside of the Mass to those impeded from attending Mass because of sickness or physical needs.
To serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, persons must:
All Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion must attend one training session sponsored by the Archdiocese of Hartford and also a training session specific to Saint Catherine of Siena Parish. Upon the affirmation of the Archbishop of Hartford, the commissioning will take place at this parish and the EMHC will be scheduled for regular Sunday Masses. An EMHC must arrange for a replacement if not available for the scheduled Mass.