Ordinary People Ministering to Ordinary People In Extraordinary Circumstances.
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WHAT IS IT?
- VARIETY - Visit individuals or groups
- Nursing homes
- FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING
- WORK in TEAMS or INDIVIDUALLY
This beautiful ministry reaches out to the sick, elderly and handicapped by bringing prayer, presence and Eucharist to those in hospital or nursing home or at home. This service is delivered by lay individuals or teams directed by the Ministry of Care Coordinator.
HOW DOES ONE RECEIVE THIS CARE?
It is important to the parish to stay in touch with its sick and/or elderly and tend their sacramental and spiritual needs. If a person cannot attend Mass, even for a short period, she/he is urged to request a Ministry of Care visit.
As soon as possible, the sick person or a family member is asked to call the Parish Office and request that Holy Communion be brought to the home, nursing home or hospital.
For a homebound person, the Ministry of Care Coordinator will assign a Minister of Care to visit.
In the case of a patient in a nursing home or hospital, the Coordinator will alert those who minister in the respective place to seek out the parishioner and add her or him to the list of those to be visited.
WHO CAN BE A MINISTER OF CARE?
- Compassionate men and women who are regular participants in the Eucharistic liturgy and are loving, caring and willing to spend time with the sick and suffering
- Good listeners who are open to sharing prayer and faith with the sick
- Must be willing to undertake the necessary initial training for the ministry (six 2-hour sessions) and be committed to further enrichment training via quarterly meetings
HOW DOES ONE BEGIN?
- Contact the Coordinator of Ministry of Care for an interview
- Attend initial training sessions (held in fall and/or spring) in the Deanery
- Be commissioned for this ministry by the diocese and the parish
- Choose a particular type of care ministry
- Apprentice with an experienced minister, visiting a homebound person, or patients in a nursing home or hospital
For more information, contact Marie Staffa at 847-885-7700 x124.