Extraordinary ministers ‘essential’ (or rather, quite ‘ordinary’) in Orange and most other dioceses

Extraordinary ministers ‘essential’ [quite ‘ordinary’] in Orange [and most other] dioceses

There are an insufficient number of ordinary ministers to distribute Communion “without rushing the process”

[And also giving ashes, which is what this ministress is doing – to a priest!]


The following comes from a September 7 OC Catholic article by Larry Urish:

While bishops, priests, deacons and acolytes (those on their way toward ordination into the priesthood or deaconate[sic]) distribute Holy Communion, there are an insufficient number of these ordinary ministers to do so without rushing the process. For this reason, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion assist with this sacrament.

“On a normal Sunday Mass at a parish, most of the time you’re going to have extraordinary ministers helping out,” says Lesa Truxaw, director of the [Diocese of Orange]’s Office for Worship. “The distribution of Holy Communion is supposed to be done reverently, with care. It’s not supposed to be unduly long, but we’re not worried about being inefficient with something so important.”

Thanks to the extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion (commonly referred to as EMHCs), every Catholic can receive Holy Communion in a solemn, worshipful manner. For this reason, EMHCs are essential.

This position is particularly necessary in the Diocese of Orange.

“In our Diocese, we’re blessed to have so many people going to Mass,” Truxaw says. “Christ Cathedral draws 9,000 to 14,000 people on a given weekend. In other places in the country, you won’t see these numbers, so Extraordinary Ministers aren’t necessary.”

Most laypeople become extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion at the request of their parish’s clergy. To qualify, they must have been baptized, received First Communion and received Confirmation. Future EMHCs are trained in theological and practical matters.

“Practical training includes what you wear, some of the terminology, where you sign in, where you stand and scheduling matters,” says Truxaw. “Eucharistic theology includes concepts such as Eucharist as a meal and a sacrifice, transformation, real presence and the ecclesial nature of Eucharist.”

The number of training hours varies from parish to parish. The names of those who complete the training are then sent to the bishop for approval.

In the Diocese of Orange, an EMHC serves for a maximum of two years. “It is renewable,” says Truxaw, “based on the discernment of the pastor and priests of the parish.”

However, “If an extraordinary minister does something notorious [such as blessing people in a Communion line(?) – which only a priest may do!] or causes the Church to be seen in a negative light, he or she can be removed. This is very rare, but it illustrates how important the position is.”

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5 comments on “Extraordinary ministers ‘essential’ (or rather, quite ‘ordinary’) in Orange and most other dioceses

  1. As I said in another post, the two EMHC’s at our Cathedral (both women), make a point of helping with Holy Communion, even when there are many priests at the altar. They have to be actually told not to come up, which happens rarely, because they assume they will always be needed.
    In other words their work as EMHC’s has nothing reallly to do with being needed because there are not enough priests to distrbute Holy Communion. Rather they see it as their chance to be important and be quasi ministers. I have no doubt at all that this is what the position is in almost all parishes.

  2. Martin Mosebach: ”It was disappointing for me that the great rite of the old ordination ceremony can from now on only be celebrated in Traditional monasteries and priestly societies. It is a pity that this spiritual treasure, which defines the priesthood so exactly, is to be lost to the universal Church – at least for the time being.”


    I’m Eucharistic
    At Mass I dress
    In style
    You act as though
    That’s sinister
    I lead all down
    The aisle.

    I see my son
    But twice a year
    He prays and studies
    In cassock-black
    Men laugh and jeer
    Though mocking
    Just empowers.

    I’m Eucharistic
    At Mass I dress
    In style
    You act as though
    That’ sinister
    And loyal
    I’ll dance awhile.

    Empowers him
    To pray say yes
    Receive and be
    These other Christs lay hands
    And bless

    I’m Eucharistic
    At Mass I dress
    In style
    You act as though
    That’s sinister
    Why we’re priests
    Rank and file.

    Through Masses, rosaries
    Teary eyes
    If Christ calls all
    My boys
    They’ll go but not
    Support your lies
    A meal with lots
    Of noise.

    I’m Eucharistic
    At Mass I dress
    In style
    You act as though
    That’s sinister
    We’re having fun
    Just smile.

    Three years he’s slaved
    Four more to go
    Each year he’s
    Farther away
    And that’s so we
    Can learn and know
    His life for Christ
    He’ll lay.

    I’m Eucharistic
    At Mass I dress
    In style
    And all can be a minister
    To beguile!

  3. One of a long list of nauseating sacrileges floating along on the endless sewage of the NO.

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