Communion to the Sick
The Sick belong in the Parish
The faithful who are ill are deprived of their rightful and accustomed place in the eucharistic community. In bringing communion to them, the minister of communion represents Christ and manifests faith and charity on behalf of the whole community towards those who cannot be present at the Eucharist. For the sick, the reception of communion is not only a privilege, but also a sign of support and concern shown by the Christian community for its members who are ill.
Pastoral Care of the Sick #73
Sunday Mass and Communion to the Sick
The sick and the parish community both share in the one paschal mystery celebrated in the Sunday Eucharist:
"Besides remembering the sick in the general intercessions at Mass, those present should be reminded occasionally of the significance of communion in the lives of those who are ill: union with Christ in His struggle with evil, His prayer for the world, and His love for the Father, and union with the community from which they are separated.
"The obligation to visit and comfort those who cannot take part in the eucharistic assembly may be clearly demonstrated by taking communion to them from the community's eucharistic celebration. This symbol of unity between the community and its sick members has the deepest significance on the Lord's Day, the special day of the eucharistic assembly."
IN our Parish, Holy Communion is brought to those who are sick or unable to attend church on a regular basis. Please call the Parish Office to arrange a visit.