Ministry to Shut-Ins
The concern that Christ showed for the bodily and spiritual welfare of those who are ill is continued by the Church in its ministry to the sick. This ministry is the common responsibility of all Christians, who should visit the sick, remember them in prayer, and celebrate the sacraments with them.
Responding to Christ’s call to care for one another, Holy Martyrs makes it a priority to ensure that those who are unable to take their rightful place in the Eucharistic community due to illness are able to receive communion on a regular basis. Here, we have a core group of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who take communion to those who are unable to attend Mass due to physical limitations or illness. As a guideline, these ministers take communion to three or four home-bound parishioners once a month. They should be trained as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and enjoy visiting and praying with others. This is a deeply meaningful way to live out our baptismal call.