Ministry to Shut-Ins

  1. Extraordinary ministers who bring Holy Communion to the sick are to be trained for the special requirements of this ministry.
  2. In administering Holy Communion to the sick, extraordinary ministers are advised to follow the Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum (see page 2).  A copy of the Rite is located in the Sacristy.
  3. The Eucharist that is brought to the sick is to be carried in a pyx, which can be placed in a burse, and must be carried on the minister’s person with utmost reverence.  Extraordinary ministers while bearing the Eucharist should, as a rule, keep silence, pray, and must be especially mindful of the sacred responsibility that has been entrusted to them.
  4. The parish will provide pyxes to carry Holy Communion to the sick.  These are sacred vessels and belong to the parish.  A minister is welcome to purchase a personal pyx.  A pyx should be blessed before being used for the first time.  After each use, it should be purified.
  5. When extraordinary ministers receive the Eucharist for the sick at Mass, this should occur during the distribution of Communion.  The Eucharist for the sick can also be taken from the Tabernacle after Mass.  Refrain from taking the Eucharist before Mass if not leaving directly to distribute to the sick.
  6. Errands such as shopping are not to be carried out by the extraordinary ministers while bearing the Blessed Sacrament, nor is the Eucharist ever to be reserved in the minister’s house for distribution at a later hour or date.  The Eucharist must be borne directly from the Church to the house of the sick without interruption.  Any hosts which remain after Communion is given to the sick should be consumed by the minister.
  7. Father can administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to those who are seriously ill.  Extraordinary Ministers should advise Father of the wish of the sick to receive Penance and raise with him the question of the Anointing when deemed necessary.