"I was sick and you visited me." ARTICLE 5 from the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Article 1503 -1506
Christ's compassion toward the sick and suffering moved Him to accept our infirmities as His own. His preferential love has not ceased through the centuries and He continues to draw the very special attention of Christians toward all who suffer in body and soul. He invites His disciples to share in His ministry of compassion and healing.
The Ministry to the Sick
of St. Joseph Church was formed to assist the priest by distributing Holy Communion to parishioners that are home-bound in nursing homes, hospice and extended care facilities and the hospital.
Helpful Attributes: Strong spiritual commitment to Christ and His Church.
Time Commitment: Varies
Training: Mandatory Parish training
Fingerprinting Required: Yes.
Please note: Due to HIPPA laws, we are unable to initiate visits from Ministers to the Sick on your behalf. If you or a loved one is admitted to the hospital, call the Church Office and tell us the name and room number of the patient if the services of the Ministers to the Sick are needed. You may also tell the admissions clerk that you are a member of St. Joseph Church and would like to be visited. You will then be placed on the daily census list.
Field Notes from our Ministers
“My invitation into this ministry was sudden, like St. Paul's on the road to Damascus, and I couldn't say no. I was and still am continually inspired and lifted by the faith filled response I see to Christ who I am privileged to accompany and serve."
"The gratitude expressed to me by those who could not otherwise receive the Sacred Host is misplaced. It is I who am grateful, I who receive, I who feel the Lord's presence and His Spirit coming over me... a blessing beyond description."
"Before I give the Eucharist, we join hands and recite the Lord's Prayer together. As we look into each other's eyes, I see a glow of spiritual contentment come into that person's eyes and I thank Jesus for allowing me to bring Him to that person."