Sunday ALF Ministry - What's Happening?
I'm waiting for UPS to deliver my 72-page mini-book (4 1/4" x 7"); "ALFs - Highways to Heaven". ALFs =s Assisted Living Facilities.
There are 22 stories about different groups of ALF residents, e.g. "She Can Hear Me" (people that can't open their eyes, but still can pray with you); 'Trapped" (people whose minds are good, but their bodies aren't working); etc. Senior citizens in ALFs, church' Eucharistic Ministers and ALF management should read these stories.
This is also a handbook for EMs ("Eucharistic Ministers"); e.g. how to conduct Sunday Communion Services. Section 3 includes commonly used prayers used in a Communion Service (e.g. Lord's Prayer & The Nicene Creed).
It's also a plea (to ALF Managers and Catholic Church Bishops and Pastors) to provide ALFs with 10 or more Catholics, to have access to a Sunday Communion Service.
I haven't posted for a few months, but I continue my Sunday "Communion Services" to Magnolia Manor ALF (9:30 AM) and Brookdale - Northdale (11:00 AM "weekly" and Arden Courts and Manor Care once a month. I missed a couple weeks in Sept. for vacation. Still do not have a back-up, although Fr. Kevin visited MM once, (in addition to our once-a-month Masses on Thursdays).
I do "Communion Services" on Sundays (click on the How-to tab above for procedures). Yesterday I gave approximately 35 "communions" to Catholics and another 15 "blessings" to other Christians that attend these services.
Al Pereira (Protestant) passed away last week. We said a prayer for Mr. Pereira with his Mela, his wife. We also took the time to remember Mary Rosello and others of our little congregation, who had passed recently. I believe this "you will not be forgotten" aspect of our Sunday services, is important.
40+ Communions and approximately 15 blessings at 4 locations:
Magnolia Manor's Catholics are aging and am forced to visit several in their rooms before our 9:30 AM Communion Service. Also am reaching out to non-Catholic Christians.
Quick visit to Manor Care (ALF that I visit the 2nd Sunday each month; 5 Communions and 5 blessings. Two are very appreciative.
Brookdale "memory care" unit; 5 Communions, 3 blessings. Especially tough morning in that several residents were acting-up. "it makes a person realize how lucky we are".
Brookdale ALF group (15) included a new woman who thanked me profusely after the service ended. Others did too. It feels good to get an at-a-boy once in awhile. They liked my synopsis of Deacon Glenn's Homily re. Mathew 11: 25-30 (let your burden be Jesus...."
A good day!
Two years ago someone told me that death is part of an ALF - that's why senior citizens come to live here. Well, it's still not easy, especially when four are lost in two weeks. Irma, a 92 year old resident informed me two Sundays ago that four residents had passed; Lila Numair, Ruth Previte, Ann Harding and Abbie (who was not part of our church group). That's quite a few for a 40-bed facility.
We celebrated their memory, said a prayer and prayed that these women were looking down upon us from God's Kingdom and praying that when it's our time, that our souls will be acceptable to the Lord. That's what we Christians believe.
5 Easter Eggs, split among 8 Christians - 5 Catholics received Communion; Arden Courts is exclusively for "memory" patients. I walked in and asked "What Day is it? SUNDAY, was the answer. EASTER, a couple answered. I asked, why is this a special day? CHRIST IS RISEN, a man responded. Wow.
I also visited Magnolia manor (23 Eggs) and Brookdale (15 Eggs, including 4 for their Alzheimer's wing). I ran out of eggs, but got 4-5 volunteers to forgo their treat. We did a full Communion Service including scripture readings and a summation of Fr. Lipscomb's "Dragnet Homily".
What a wonderful Easter Celebration this was, for me, and many of the elderly ALF residents that could, otherwise, not attend church!