Carmel Bulletin, 15 June 2014
Last week, Fr Paul wrote about the small change that will occur to the sending forth of ministers taking Communion to the sick. This change comes into effect next weekend.
The intention is that this sending forth of ministers will now form a part of the blessing and dismissal rites at the end of Mass. We are all sent forth at the end of Mass to be the Body of Christ to our brothers and sisters and we, as a community, send forth those ministers to go out into the world to serve in a particular way.
It is important that those taking Communion to the sick participate in this rite, and be entrusted with the Eucharist at the end of the Mass, rather than coming to request Communion from the tabernacle afterwards. There may be rare occasions where this is unavoidable. The practice of being sent forth from the Mass, however, is to be the norm in our parish.
The practice of calling the ministers forward to receive Communion for the sick is not about drawing attention to those ministers. Rather, it is about drawing our attention to those who they will visit. We all have a responsibility to keep the sick and housebound of our parish in our thoughts and prayers. We should take the time to enquire occasionally about their ongoing health and offer support and assistance. Finally, we have a duty to ensure that we support those who care for the sick, and keep them in our thoughts and prayers as well.