"So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead."
St. Michael’s serves parishioners who are homebound, in the hospital or other local care facility.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion bring Eucharist to those who cannot attend Mass. If a homebound person would like to receive Reconciliation, we can arrange a visit from a priest. If someone is physically or emotionally distant from the Church, we provide outreach visits. If you or a member of your family is in need of this service, contact the Parish Center.
What is An Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion?
Extraordinary Ministers for the distribution of Holy Communion are properly formed, instructed and commissioned lay persons. They may be male or female and should reflect the cultural diversity of their parish community. These ministers are appointed to aid in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass and to the sick and homebound when ordinary ministers (priests, deacons, acolytes) of Holy Communion are unavailable.
Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound
Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound assist the priests and deacons of the parish in distributing communion to the homebound. They are called not only to distribute the Body of Christ, but also to take on Christ’s likeness. They accomplish this by strengthening their faith from within and sharing it with the homebound.
Becoming an Extraordinary Minister to the Homebound
If you are interested in becoming an Eucharistic Minister to the Homebound, contact the Parish office. You must be:
- Committed to the ministry;
- Deeply devoted to the Eucharist;
- A fully initiated Catholic;
- 18 years and older;
- In good standing with the Church;
- A licensed driver with access to a car.
Eucharistic ministers “should receive sufficient spiritual, theological, and practical preparation to fulfill their role with knowledge and reverence” (Norms for the Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion under Both Kinds in the Dioceses of the United States of America, #28). To be properly disposed to bring Communion to the homebound, EMH, like all other Catholics should not be conscious of grave sin.
All Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly.
Contact the Parish Center for more information.