For the Sick

Communion for those who are sick or unable to attend Mass

At any time, a number of our parishioners are absent from parish life for an extended period or unable to attend Mass because they are sick, recovering from surgery, undergoing treatment, or homebound because of diminished mobility or other physical challenges. If you, or a family member are in this position, please know that you are still valued members of our community and we have a number of extraordinary Ministers of Eucharist who are available to visit and bring you Communion at home or in an aged-care facility.

If you would like a visit from one of our pastoral care team, or  to receive Communion at home, please contact our pastoral co-ordinator.


Anointing of the sick

The sacrament of anointing gives one grace as strengthening, peace and courage to overcome the difficulties associated with illness, disease or dying. It is a reminder of God’s healing love at a time when you are facing great difficulties in your life; bringing comfort, hope and confidence in God’s loving presence.

This sacrament is available to you at home at your request. If you or a family member are ill, elderly, preparing for surgery, dealing with a serious diagnosis, or close to death, it is quite in order to ask a priest for Anointing.

IF YOU ARE GOING INTO HOSPITAL: Most hospitals no longer provide names of Catholic patients to our chaplains. If there is someone from your family going to hospital please advise the chaplain:

Christchurch Hospital: Angela McCormick, 021 702 378
Burwood Hospital: Jane Dick 021 572 480
Hillmorton Hospital: Joan Hough, 021 501 683
Nurse Maude Hospice: Christchurch North Parish, 03 359 1438
St George’s Hospital: Christchurch North Parish, 03 359 1438
Southern Cross:  Cathedral Parish, 03 379 1068


If you would like a Priest to come and anoint you please contact the Parish Office on 03 338 8395.