As Catholics, we have a deep understanding of the importance of Mass — it is where we gather to receive Christ in the Eucharist, the “source and summit” of our faith. Yet, there are some parishioners here at Queen of the Holy Rosary who are unable to make it to Mass due to being homebound or in a nursing home. For these parishioners, the opportunity to receive Holy Communion on a regular basis is very important. As a parish, it is essential to provide the opportunity for all to receive the life-giving Sacrament of Holy Communion.
In our Parish Outreach Ministry, parishioners who are trained Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion bring Communion to those who cannot make it to Mass. John Audley has been a member of the ministry for about five years and shares what motivated him to get involved.
“Years ago, the parish office called and asked me if I would be willing to take Communion to a 99-year-old parishioner who could no longer make it to Mass,” John says. “I think they called because of my involvement with the Hospital Ministry and with Stephen Ministry. I was reluctant at first, but after I met this wonderful lady, it became the highlight of my month!”
Being able to receive Holy Communion — even if unable to physically attend Mass — not only helps parishioners spiritually, but it helps them feel connected to the parish.
“I think this ministry really supports the first pillar of our parish mission statement — hospitality,” John says. “My hope is that the ones who can’t make it to Mass realize that they are still part of the parish community.”
The time commitment can vary, but typically it takes less than 30 minutes to visit and give Communion to someone.
“In my opinion, there is nothing better than bringing Jesus to someone, especially someone who cannot make it to Mass,” John says. “When you see the desire and joy in their faces, you cannot help but feel good. It seems that you always see something that makes you realize you are exactly where God wants you to be at that very moment.”
Taking Holy Communion to the homebound and in the nursing homes is just one way that you can live out your call to stewardship. You are able to give of your time to let others receive the gifts that flow from the Eucharist, and that is a tremendous honor.
To get involved with the Parish Outreach Ministry, or if you wish to receive Holy Communion, contact John Audley at 913-645-4286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.