“The gift of life, God’s special gift, is no less beautiful when it is accompanied by illness or weakness, hunger, loneliness or old age. At these times human life gains extra splendor as it requires our special care, concern and reverence. It is indeed in and through the weakest of human vessels that the Lord continues to reveal the power of God’s love.” – Terrence Cardinal Cooke, 1983
Lay Ministers bring the Eucharist and prayer to those who are unable to attend Mass, being homebound, in a nursing home or in the hospital. The lay minister becomes the link between the Church and home. The early Christian community began the practice of bringing Communion to those who were unable to gather with the community. Today this practice is still an important ministry in the Church. Praying with another person can be a very powerful means of sharing our relationship with God and bringing His real presence to the homebound.
The homebound minister also provides social conversation according to the needs and desires of the homebound. This provides a congenial atmosphere for such things as swapping stories, catching up on current events or getting to know each other. As always, keep in your prayers all those who are in need of this ministry. Please call OLQM office with your requests.
New Instructions for EM for the homebound