Hi John - Wow what a celebration my family had on your birthday this year!!!
EMHC = Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
April 11th was Easter Vigil. My husband and his RCIA class were ready to be received into the church. As it turned out, my husband’s sponsor had to be out-of-town caring for a sick relative, so I asked for and received permision to be my husband’s “sponsor-stand-in”.
My husband’s sponsor was also supposed to be a EMHC at the Easter Vigil Mass, but since I had been through the EMHC training and received my certificate as an EMHC, I asked our wonderful priest if I could also make my “debut” at the Easter Vigil service and administer my husband’s first Holy Communion. Our priest led me through the parish-specific training and gave me the blessing the morning of April 11th.
So, on your birthday, I was instituted as a EMHC in our parish, my husband was welcomed into the Catholic church, was confirmed with my hand on his shoulder, and received his first Holy Communion bread from me. How cool is that?
Happy belated birthday!