Our Ministry To The Homebound

“Wisdom of the heart means being with our brothers and sisters. Time spent with the sick is holy time. It is a way of praising God who conforms us to the image of his Son, who “came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mt 20:28). Jesus himself said: “I am among you as one who serves” (Lk 22:27).

With lively faith let us ask the Holy Spirit to grant us the grace to appreciate the value of our often unspoken willingness to spend time with these sisters and brothers who, thanks to our closeness and affection, feel more loved and comforted."

-- Pope Francis, World Day of the Sick, February 11, 2015

✟ With our Homebound Ministry we aim to put flesh and bones on the kingdom-teachings and example of Christ as proclaimed especially in St. Matthew’s Gospel. These encompass St. Francis’ ministry to the sick, the disabled and/or handicapped, and to those confined at home or in the local nursing homes.

Volunteers from our Homebound Ministry visit our shut-in and nursing home parishioners on a regular basis. Many of our volunteers are trained as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who take Communion, God's Word and the fellowship of the parish to those unable to attend Mass.

Often, we perform small tasks for those who are disabled. Sometimes, we provide rides to doctor appointments or grocery shopping. Many times, our faces, our voices, and our friendship is the only human contact some of our shut-ins experience all week. In this, we are truly representatives of Jesus to those who are lonely and alone, to those who have no families and those whose disability prevents them from any outside socialization. Through our service, we form meaningful friendships that can last a lifetime.

✟ To Our Homebound, We Offer These Gifts:

  • Regular visits to those who are homebound or in a nursing home.
  • Holy Communion and the fellowship of the parish.
  • Performance of small tasks for those unable to do them.
  • A ride to doctor appointments or grocery shopping.
  • Our friendship and compassion, whatever the situation.

✟ How Do I Request A Visit?

Contact us with a short description of the situation and we will schedule a visit with a Minister of Holy Communion or one of our volunteers as soon as possible.

Pat Gannon, Homebound Ministry
717-677-6854 or 571-212-2961

✟ To Volunteer

We are always in need of warm and compassionate people who are willing to take the time to visit a person once or twice a month. It will be one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have! Please contact Pat Gannon to volunteer.