Visiting and Comforting
Visit the Sick
As a parish we support those in our community who are homebound because of age or illness. Our Priests celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick with individuals in need of anointing. Quarterly we offer a communal celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick; Our Prayer Shawl Ministry gathers regularly to make shawls and coverlets to be blessed and given to those participating in the celebration of the Anointing of the Sick.Our Deacons and Eucharistic Visitors regularly bring Holy Communion and the Word of God to those who are unable to join us in the weekly celebration of the Eucharistic Liturgy. Mass is celebrated quarterly in the nursing homes within our parish boundaries and our Music Ministry supports the celebration by leading the singing during these celebrations. And those who are ill and infirm are regularly remembered in our General intercessions. Second Family at St. Ignatius partners with Interfaith Care Partners to serve those challenged by the issues and concerns of older age and or chronic disease.
How can you or your ministry further practice this corporal work of mercy? This corporal work of mercy is not reserved solely to those who participate in a formal ministry at St. Ignatius but all ministries and individuals can find ways to participate; individuals always have the opportunity to practice this work of mercy. Some practical suggestions: join the St. Ignatius Eucharistic Visitor Ministry which is a part of the ministry of Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion; spend quality time with friends and neighbors who are sick or homebound; volunteer at a hospital, nursing home or hospice; if you crochet or knit, join the Prayer Shawl Ministry; through our Second Family Ministry or on your own you can volunteer to drive others to medical appointments or treatment facilities and assist those who are full-time caregivers for family members. Enjoy cooking? Those who are ill and families dealing with illness would enjoy a good home-cooked meal.
What can you, your family or any group you belong to do to further this corporal work of mercy?