Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist to the Homebound/Shut-ins
Don Kreul or Parish Office
The act of lay persons bringing the Eucharist to people who are temporarily or permanently sick or homebound is a ministry that was authorized in 1973. This decree, signed by Pope Paul VI, authorized laymen and women to become extraordinary ministers. This decree, of course, included visiting and taking the Eucharist to the homebound/shut-ins.
St. Peter's has participated in this program for many years. Ministers are quick to attest how richly they have been blessed, and how bringing "Our Lord" to others and spending time with the homebound is much more a matter of receiving than giving.
Many passages in Scripture affirm the positive effects of this care ministry. It has been said that the most important prayer is that which leads to union with God because it is through this union that "ministry" will bear the most fruit. Prayer is communion with Christ, and extends throughout the Church, which is His Body, and its dimensions are those of Christ's love. This ministry is directly involved in caring for and bringing the Body of Christ to less fortunate individuals.
When there is a need for volunteers for the communion ministry an appeal is made. There are usually about ten teams, with three active on any given Sunday. Teams receive an average of one to three assignments in a two-month period. Communion to the homebound follows the 9:00 a.m. mass. New ministers receive materials and instructions at a mutually agreed upon time.
An appeal is also made when volunteers are needed for the visitation ministry. Visitation ministers are asked to make monthly visits to the shut-in to whom they are assigned.
If anyone feels they have a propensity for either of the above ministries, please talk to Fr. Roger or Don Kreul for more information in your discernment.