A team of volunteers, coordinated by a St. John staff member. The mission of Health Care Ministry is to bring “church” to those who are separated from the parish liturgical celebrations because of health issues. Visits are made daily to Carroll Hospital Center, where we attempt to visit every Catholic patient. The homebound and residents of approximately 14 different care facilities are visited. Extraordinary Ministers of Communion share a time of prayer and bring the Eucharist to the person desiring to be visited. Requests for visits may be made by the individual or their family. Here are some of the wonderful things ministers are involved with:
- Health Care Ministers visit Catholic mothers of newborns in the Hospital Birthing Center, giving the gift of a Miraculous Medal for the infant.
- Assistive devices such as wheelchairs, walkers, shower chairs and bedside commodes are available for loan through Health Care Ministry.
- At Christmas, supported by the donations and assistance of various parish organizations, the Health Care Ministers collect items, prepare and distribute “holiday caring packages” to the homebound.
- Health Care Ministers meet four times annually, discussing relative issues as well as hosting speakers on current health care topics.
Our greatest need is to be blessed with more volunteers to join us in all we do in this growing parish.
Contact: Gay Hart