The tradition of visiting the sick and the homebound has always been recognized as one of the most important ministries in the Church. Scripture reminds us of this in Matthew 25:36, "I was sick and you visited me".
At St. Joseph Parish we have Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who bring Communion on a weekly basis to every Parishioner who lets us know they are sick, whether they are in their own homes, in a nursing home, or in a rehabilitation center. They also bring the Eucharist daily to those who are hospitalized in Blake Hospital and to nursing homes.
To be come a Eucharistic Minister for this ministry, you must be fingerprinted and attend a safe environment class. Training is provided on the proper prayers for Communion as well as how to obtain and handle the Blessed Sacrament.
On a personal note, as Coordinator of the Outreach Ministry to the Homebound and Hospitalized, I have the distinct privilege of working with a team of over 35 dedicated Eucharistic Ministers. Our Spiritual Care Team loves the Lord and considers it a distinct honor to share God's love with their fellow parishioners. Please contact me, Jean Tierney, at the parish office so our Spiritual Care Team members can assist you or one of your loved ones.
Coordinator of Outreach Ministry to the Homebound & Hospitalized