EME (Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist)
The Ordinary Minister of the Eucharist is the ordained Priest or Deacon. However, when the situation warrants, as it does at weekend Masses, lay people may be delegated as ‘Extraordinary Ministers’ to help distribute the Eucharistic Bread and Wine.
This delegation actually comes from the Diocese and the Bishop. When ministers are trained and approved by the pastor their names are sent to Rockford, where they are ratified and certified, after which they may begin to serve.
To be a Eucharistic Minister you need to be at least 16 years old, have received Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, and be a Catholic in good standing with the Church (no marriage issues etc.). There is a three hour training and you must go to a retreat or an additional training session at least once a year.
Training and other events are organized by the Eucharistic Ministry Committee.