|Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHCs) have the privilege of helping to distribute Holy Communion of both kinds to fellow parishioners and visitors during mass, and used to be known as Special Ministers.
At the present time OLSH Parish is fortunate enough to have some 90 + EMHC’s, however more are always needed as they are a diverse lot and OLSH is a volatile parish with many people moving in and out of the area. EMHCs are also able to administer Holy Communion to the sick and dying.
EMHC’s are normally inducted each year on the Feast of Corpus Christi, after first having attended a short training course. An appeal for new EMHC candidates is placed in the bulletin before the training courses begin, usually in May.
It is expected that EMHCs attend at least one update session every two years and it is anticipated that a retreat for EMHCs will soon be available annually, check the weekly bulletin for dates.
The following outreach opportunities are also available to EMHCs.
- Home visiting to the sick and elderly.
- Visiting the patients in Nursing Homes.
- Visiting the patients in hospitals as Volunteer Visitors with the Chaplains Department at the hospital.
It is necessary for hospital volunteer visitors to undergo fairly extensive training before being allowed to visit the wards. These volunteers also have ongoing training each year and must pass hospital requirements regarding i.d. checks. Currently the Prince of Wales Campus of Hospitals is the one most commonly visited by our EMHCs. This includes the Sydney Children’s Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Women.
For more information, or to volunteer, please contact the Parish Office (02) 9399 6775 or Maureen McKenna (firstname.lastname@example.org)