Communion to the Sick and Homebound

Communion to the Sick and Homebound

 

Purpose
St. Brendan’s parish extends the love and compassion of the Body of Christ to those parishioners who are sick, homebound, hospitalized, in nursing homes, or Hospice and unable to join the parish community when we celebrate Mass.  We share communion with them so that we can offer our prayers and care and ensure that they know that we value them as part of our community.

Responsibilities
Ministers who volunteer are asked to visit the sick or homebound and bring them communion, as requested by members of our parish family at times of illness.  (Family members call the parish office to request this pastoral visit.)

Helpful Attributes
These ministers have a strong and spiritual commitment to Christ and the Church, have a desire to visit those who are sick or homebound, and are dedicated to sharing the Body of Christ with those in need.

Training & Time Commitment
This ministry is for trained Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (ExMs) who wish to broaden their call to serve those who cannot celebrate in the assembly.  Additional training is provided at St. Brendan’s.

Requirements
This ministry is for any baptized Catholic, 16 years of age or older, who has received First Communion and Confirmation, and if married, was married within the Church.  Ministers must be properly trained and certified as required by the Archdiocese.

 “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?”
Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.”

Matthew 25: 44 – 45