Holy Communion Ministry
“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 toward 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: Rite of Anointing and Viaticum, 73).
A dedicated team of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion take the Eucharist, comfort and news of the wider Faith Community on a regular basis to those who are hospitalized, homebound, incarcerated, or reside in assisted living or skilled nursing facilities.
While some are called to take Holy Communion to those who, by reason of infirmity, illness or old age, cannot often leave their homes, others are called in a special way simply to be present to their brothers and sisters who dwell in their homes for any of these reasons by checking on them on a regular basis with a call, a card, a visit or a meal.