Ministry to the sick calls us to fulfill the Church’s tradition of pastoral care. If you are a parish member confined to your home due to illness or the aging process or has been hospitalized due to surgery or illness, this ministry is meant to reach you.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion take communion to area hospitals and private homes. They also arrange occasional sick visits by the priest to hear their confession or receive the Sacrament of the Sick.
How Can I Receive a Visit at My Home?
You or someone in your family may call the parish office and request a visit. An assigned Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion will call you at home to arrange a convenient time for a visit. Sometimes you or a family member may need this service only while you are recovering from surgery or illness. Other times the need may be on a long-term basis.
What Should I Do If I Am Going to Be Admitted to the Hospital?
If you are scheduling a surgery or an illness occurs that puts you in the hospital, ask a family member to contact our parish office. We welcome the opportunity to bring the Holy Eucharist and a brief visit to you. Please give us the name of the hospital you are admitted to and your room number. We will make every effort possible to attend to your spiritual needs.
How Can I Become a Visitor to the Sick?
Simple instructions are given to you by Terry McKown, Parish Nurse. You will receive the Catholic Ritual Booklet
for the instruction of Administration of Communion to the Sick. A pyx (a container for the host) is given with directions for obtaining the host. Once a year you are invited to gather with other ministers of the sick for sharing, prayer, and support. Occasionally, you will be contacted to see how you and the visits are going. Your weekly hour visit of our homebound or a short visit with a hospitalized parishioner will enrich their lives and provide the spiritual food to create a healing atmosphere.