Carmel Bulletin, 8 June 2014
An important aspect of our pastoral care of each other is prayer for and outreach to our fellow parishioners who are unwell.
It is heartening to see that many parishioners are certainly mindful of others who are unwell and assiduous in commending them to our prayers. A number of parishioners also take Holy Communion to those who are unwell. At times, spouses or other family members perform this service for each other. In other cases, a parishioner functions as a “Special Minister of the Eucharist” and takes Holy Communion to the sick who request it. Please be aware that either means of taking the Eucharist to the sick is appropriate and encouraged. If you would like to know more about providing the Eucharist to a sick family member or fellow parishioner, please speak about it to one of the Priests in the first instance.
It is most desirable that those who take the Eucharist to the sick are seen to do so as an extension of the community’s celebration of the Eucharist and are commissioned by the worshipping community, through the Priest, at the end of Mass. This is why we have a special commissioning of Ministers of the Eucharist to the Sick at the end of Mass. To emphasise the link between the worshipping community’s celebration of the Eucharist and the taking of the Eucharist to the sick after Mass, we will be slightly repositioning when this commissioning takes place. Beginning from the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (the special feast in honour of the Eucharist) on the weekend of 21 & 22 June, Special Ministers of the Eucharist to the Sick will be commissioned after the Notices and the Prayer after Communion (rather than before, as is currently the case) – and immediately before the Final Blessing and Dismissal. These Ministers will be invited to process from the Church with the Priest and servers, as a way of symbolising that they are taking Holy Communion to the Sick as an extension of the community’s celebration of the Eucharist.