EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS TO THE SICK
REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEERS
Celebrating the Eucharist is at the very heart of our faith. However, because of illness or injury, many of our fellow Catholics in the St. Andrew area cannot join in the celebration, either because of illness or lack of transportation.
To ensure that these community members stay connected to us and can receive the Eucharist, St. Andrew Parish sponsors the Eucharistic Ministry to the Sick, bringing Communion to Catholics in area nursing homes, convalescent centers, and their homes. These Eucharistic Ministers (EMs) to the Sick are a wonderful “invisible army” that works quietly, diligently and lovingly to bring Our Lord to those who could not receive Communion.
We are currently looking for new volunteers to join this “invisible army,” and invite you to consider becoming a part of this very important ministry! Here are some important things for you to know:
WHAT DOES AN EM TO THE SICK DO?
We have three branches of this ministry, each with slightly varied activities. Our homebound EMs visit one to two parishioners at their home once per week/month. During that visit, the EMs pray with the parishioners and give them Communion.
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?
For most EMs to the Sick, the time commitment is about 2 to 4 hours per month. And, invariably, our EMs to the Sick say that they get so much from being a part of this ministry, that they get more from it than they give!
DO I NEED TO ALREADY BE A REGULAR EM?
No. We will make sure that you receive all the training and guidance that you need. Training to be an EM to the Sick covers how to properly handle and distribute the Eucharist, and how to gently minister to the sick and homebound.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM INTERESTED IN THIS MINISTRY?
If interested in becoming an EM to the Sick, please contact Fr. Jacek at the parish rectory.