"I was sick and you visited me." - Matthew 25:36
Members of this ministry bring the Eucharistic presence of Christ and his Church to those unable to join us at Mass. This is a visible sign of God’s redemptive grace and the unity of all who share the one bread and one cup.
"In the sacraments, Christ continues to ‘touch’ us in order to heal us," says the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Divine Physician told his disciples to "heal the sick" (Matthew 10:8). The Catechism replies: "The Church has received this charge from the Lord and strives to carry it out by taking care of the sick as well as by accompanying them with the prayer of intercession. She believes in the life-giving presence of Christ, the physician of souls and bodies."
"By his passion and death on the cross," the Catechism states, "Christ has given a new meaning to suffering: it can henceforth configure us to him and unite us with his redemptive Passion." In service to others, the Ministry to the Sick obeys Christ’s commandment "that you should love one another as I have loved you."
This group of Extraordinary Ministers of Communion visit the sick, homebound and Catholic residents of the Fairway Oaks Nursing Home. T hey distribute communion, share scripture and pray with those they visit. Visits are made weekly, monthly or as needed. Members of the Legion of Mary also participate.
Time commitment varies for each minister.