Communion to the Sick


Those bring Communion to the Sick Commissioned must be Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

Ministry to the Sick

The practice of taking the communion to the sick is found in the first century of the early church when “on that day called after the sun” communion was taken to those who could not attend.

Currently the need to take communion to the sick on Sundays has increased. This means that those who are Acolytes and Extraordinary Ministers of Communion are called upon to carry out this ministry. The Church continues to meet the spiritual needs of those unable to attend Mass.

Recommended Text

This booklet incorporates the new communion texts from the Missal. It also gives a short form for use in hospitals and nursing homes. Essential for parish ministers, it is also a book which can be left with the sick person who will find rich spiritual support in the anthology of psalms, prayers and poems. Originally compiled by Frank O’Loughlin for the Melbourne liturgy office, it is now presented in a completely new and augmented format. Order Book for Liturgy Brisbane


The Centre for Liturgy offers sessions for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion training them to bring Communion to the Sick.

Archdiocese Guidelines

Guidelines for Acolytes, Altar Servers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

These guidelines are offered as the fruit of the experience of the Perth Church in regard to the development of the ministries of Altar Servers, Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist and Acolytes