Ministry to the Sick and Homebound
Those extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist who have chosen to answer the call to take Communion to our brothers and sisters who are unable to come to Mass are literally Church to those at home or in hospital.
Our parish serves three convalescent facilities: Evergreen, Terrace View and St. Elizabeth, all in Fullerton, Kindred Hospital in Brea and two senior residences: Brea Woods and the Gardens at Brea. We also serve may individuals in their private homes.
I am always touch by the dedication and love that our Ministers have for the indiviuals that they visit. As Catholics, we see Jesus in the Eucharist as central to our understing of what Church is and what it means. We are truly an extension of the Mass at home or in hospital.
Training for this ministry occurs in the fall and in the spring, for those who are interested in serving either as pastoral ministers to the hospital/homebound or as liturgical ministers for weekend and or daily Mass.
For those who do not feel they are worthy, remember, it is the Lord Jesus who calls, enables and desires that His people engage themselves in this wonderful work of taking Him to others. We are the Mystical Body of Christ to share Him and ourselves with our brothers and sisters. Jesus is always with us, telling us, “Do not be afraid”.