This ministry is composed of volunteers dedicated to bringing Holy Communion to the members of our parish who are homebound due to illness or infirmity, and who are not able to attend Mass. Orientation is provided for all who request to be members of the ministry. Orientation includes useful information about administering Holy Communion to the Homebound in accordance with Archdiocesan guidelines.
In addition to bringing Communion to the homebound, ministry members plan and assist with the Anointing Mass for the Sick which is held during a weekday Mass twice a year. Breakfast is served after one of these Masses by ministry members. Pristine Senior Living in Bellbrook is the facility assigned to St. Francis of Assisi for the provision of spiritual care. Several members of the ministry bring Communion on Sundays to the Residents of Pristine Senior Living and others coordinate and assist with Mass on the second Thursday of the month for the residents there. Once during the year, ministry members gather for fellowship and prayer for the sick and homebound of the parish and for those who have died. Unfortunately, providing rides to Mass or to doctor’s appointments can not be a function of this ministry.
Nursing Home Residents:
If a relative or loved one is admitted to a Nursing Home, Assisted Living or Rehabilitation Center, please make certain that you speak to the appropriate Administrator, Chaplin, Social Worker or Charge Nurse and request that your loved one’s name be placed on the Catholic Communion and Visitation list. These faciities have no way of knowing that your loved one is in need of services unless the request is made. The Catholic Churches in the Dayton area all have particular facilities that they are assigned to in order to provide Holy Communion and spiritual care. The Catholic Church that has been assigned to your loved one’s facility will provide those services.
A ministry member should expect to spend 30-60 minutes a week visiting the parishioner to whom they take Communion. The time that Holy Communion is brought to the sick is arranged, in every case, at a time convenient for the Eucharistic Minister to the Sick and the homebound person. These times vary and may be arranged during the week or on weekends. Any member has the option to help with additional ministry activities if there is interest and the person’s schedule allows for a greater time commitment.
Interest in helping the sick, compassion, positive attitude, listening skills, a willingness to follow the guidelines given, a sense of commitment and the ability to maintain confidentiality.