Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Formation Workshops and Registration

The administration of Holy Communion at Mass is an important liturgical ministry in the parishes of our diocese. In addition to bringing the sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ to the people of God, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion witness to faith in the real presence of Christ by their actions and by the dignity and reverence with which they treat the Body of Christ.

Those who fulfill this ministry are to be fully initiated, active members of a parish. They should be of sufficient age (at least 15 years old), maturity and temperament to undertake this ministry. They must have no impediment to receiving Holy Communion and participating in the sacramental life of the Church. Candidates should be physically able to exercise this ministry. Please review the complete Norms for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion available in both English and Spanish.

Preparation for this ministry includes:

  1. Formal instruction through the Office of Liturgy by attending a diocesan EMHC workshop. The EMHC workshop includes topics on liturgical ministry, the Mass, theology of the Eucharist, the Paschal Mystery and a review of diocesan guidelines.
  2. Onsite parish instruction as to local customs and responsibilities, hands-on practice, knowledge, and understanding of parish procedures and responsibilities and an opportunity for sharing with others in the ministry.

When the Pastor has determined that a given candidate meets the basic requirements outlined above, the Pastor or his representative is to submit the Petition for Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion along with the $10 registration fee (if paying by check) to the Office of Liturgy. The petition and other relevant documents can be obtained on this webpage below. In addition to correctly filled out petition, the candidate is registered for the desired EMHC workshop online. Links to the registration for current EMHC formation sessions being offered are below. If the parish is sending payment for the candidate, please select “pay by check” under payment options when completing the registration online. The check must be mailed with the completed petition. After the diocesan training is completed and all forms have been received and processed by the Office of Liturgy, the mandate is issued by the Bishop of the Diocese of Orlando for five years, expiring on December 31st of the fifth year.

Some items to remember when submitting the Petition for Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion:

  • The downloadable petition is a fillable PDF document. The requested information must be filled in electronically or typed. The bishop’s signature will not be affixed to handwritten documents.
  • The original petition and the $10 registration fee (if paying by check) must be received together in the Office of Liturgy for processing before the desired training date.
  • Because the pastor’s signature is necessary to attest to an individual’s suitability, no faxes, emails, or phone call registrations will be accepted. The original petition must be on file in the Office of Liturgy.

Online Registration:

  • Online registration closes at 12:00 p.m. the Wednesday prior to the scheduled workshop. Walk-ins to EMHC workshops cannot be accepted.
  • The online registration only guarantees admittance to the workshop – it does not guarantee a mandate from the bishop to participate in this ministry.
  • The $10 fee for the workshop can be made either with a check or a credit card. If paying by check, the check must be enclosed with petition when mailed to the Office of Liturgy. If the parish is covering the registration cost, be sure to select “pay by check” under payment method during the registration process.
  • A complete list of available workshops and links to register are below.

It is most appropriate to celebrate the Order of Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion when a new group of EMHCs has been mandated for the parish. The ritual is found in the Book of Blessings, chapter 63. The Office of Liturgy has provided a downloadable version of this blessing as well as a certificate of commissioning on this webpage below. It is not necessary to repeat this commissioning for those who are renewing a previously issued mandate.

Questions may be directed to Aaron Kohl, Manager for the Offices of Liturgy and Music who manages the EMHC mandating process. You may reach him at akohl@orlandodiocese.org or 407-246-4860.

EMHC Documents

Norms for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Normas para los Ministros Extraordinarios de la Sagrada Comunión

Petition for Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
EnglishEspañol

Certificate of Commissioning
EnglishFrançais – Español

Order for the Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (within Mass)
English


EMHC Formation Workshops

Please note that registering for an EMHC workshop only guarantees admittance to the workshop. It does NOT guarantee a mandate from the bishop to participate in this ministry. A petition with the pastor’s signature attesting to the candidates suitability must be sent to the Office of Liturgy.

Click on the location of the desired workshop to register. The letters in parentheses following each location indicate the deanery of the location. All workshops are 9:00am-12:30pm unless otherwise noted. Click here to view the most current EMHC Formation Workshop Schedule in PDF format.

St. Ann, Haines City (W)
July 29, 2017
Spanish ONLY

Misión San José (E)
August 5, 2017
Spanish ONLY

St. Peter, Deland (E)
August 5, 2017
English ONLY

St. Charles Borromeo (CN)
August 12, 2017
English & Spanish

St. Teresa, Titusville (S)
August 19, 2017
English ONLY

St. Joseph, Orlando (CS)
August 19, 2017
English ONLY

St. John the Baptist, Dunnellon (N)
September 9, 2017
English & Spanish

St. John Vianney (CS)
September 16, 2017
English & Spanish

St. Vincent de Paul, Wildwood (N)
October 7, 2017
English & Spanish

Our Lady of the Lakes, Deltona (E)
October 7, 2017
English & Spanish

St. Joseph, Winter Haven (W)
October 14, 2017
English & Spanish

Resurrection, Winter Garden (CS)
October 21, 2017
English & Spanish

Epiphany, Port Orange (E)
October 28, 2017
English ONLY

Ascension, Melbourne (S)
November 11, 2017
English ONLY

Our Lady of the Springs, Ocala (N)
November 11, 2017
English ONLY

St. Francis of Assisi, Apopka (CN)
November 18, 2017
English & Spanish

St. Joseph, Lakeland (W)
December 2, 2017
English & Spanish

St. Catherine of Sienna, Kissimmee (CS)
December 16, 2017
Spanish ONLY


Host an EMHC & Reader Workshop

EMHC and Reader Workshops – If you would like to host EMHC and/or Reader Workshops at your parish, please call Aaron Kohl at the Office of Music & Liturgy at 407-246-4860 or email liturgy@orlandodiocese.org.

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