532 Ave M NW Winter Haven, FL 33881

Ministry to the Sick

Sacramental Oils

"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. 


Responsibilities:  Ministers go out on weekly and bi-weekly routes.

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."


Coordinator: Laurie Spang
Contact Information: (863) 294-3144 ext. 225 or lspang@stjosephwh.org

Our Ministers follow the Lord into the following facilities:

Winter Haven Hospital
The Gardens of Lake Alfred
Lake Alfred Assisted Living
New Horizons
Life Care

Winter Haven Health and Rehabilitation
The Meadows

Oak Haven
Spring Lake Nursing Home (Mariner)
Spring Haven
Good Shepherd Hospice
 Lake Howard Heights
Home Visits

(local Winter Haven and Auburndale)