[quote="FightingFat, post:12, topic:297366"]
I've noticed that everyone here (correctly) refers to EMHC. If you referred to EMHC here, no one would know what you meant :(
I think that you're more likely to see the term here because people who post here are more aware than the average person in the pew (PIP). I had to fight a former pastor to use the proper term because he wanted me to call them 'Eucharistic Ministers', which I gather is what most parishes call them, Redemptionis Sacramentum notwithstanding. http://www.vatican.va/img/vuoto.gif
1. The Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion [LEFT][154.] As has already been recalled, “the only minister who can confect the Sacrament of the Eucharist in persona Christi is a validly ordained Priest”. Hence the name “minister of the Eucharist” belongs properly to the Priest alone. Moreover, also by reason of their sacred Ordination, the ordinary ministers of Holy Communion are the Bishop, the Priest and the Deacon, to whom it belongs therefore to administer Holy Communion to the lay members of Christ’s faithful during the celebration of Mass. In this way their ministerial office in the Church is fully and accurately brought to light, and the sign value of the Sacrament is made complete.[/LEFT]
[155.] In addition to the ordinary ministers there is the formally instituted acolyte, who by virtue of his institution is an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion even outside the celebration of Mass. If, moreover, reasons of real necessity prompt it, another lay member of Christ’s faithful may also be delegated by the diocesan Bishop, in accordance with the norm of law, for one occasion or for a specified time, and an appropriate formula of blessing may be used for the occasion. This act of appointment, however, does not necessarily take a liturgical form, nor, if it does take a liturgical form, should it resemble sacred Ordination in any way. Finally, in special cases of an unforeseen nature, permission can be given for a single occasion by the Priest who presides at the celebration of the Eucharist.
The problem arises because the original document permitting EMHCs (Immensae Caritatis) called them "Special Ministers of the Eucharist". You can still find that original document on the EWTN website .