Communion to the Sick


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

A ‘Working with Children Check’ card is required by Western Australian State Government legislation.

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.

The need to take communion to the sick on Sundays has increased for many reasons. 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 who are sick or infirm and are unable to attend Mass.

Recommended Text

‘Communion of the Sick’, edited and compiled by Frank O’Loughlin and Tom Elich; published by Liturgy Brisbane is the recommended text.  The book offers options of the rites to cover the situations that may arise and gives a short form for use in hospitals and aged care facilities. It is an essential resource for parish ministers and could be left with the sick person who will find rich spiritual support in the anthology of psalms, prayers and poems.  Order Book from Liturgy Brisbane