Sunday ALF Ministry - What's Happening?
Sunday Ministry @ ALF
Many Senior Citizens @ Assisted Living Facilities want to attend a Church Service on Sundays!

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Seniors like worshiping in a group on Sundays!
Who needs this? 
Mrs: Caputo (85) - I've attended church for 75 years. I appreciate your coming here Sunday mornings.
Every Catholic Parish should consider offering a Sunday Service to Assisted Living Facilities. Eucharistic Ministers currently visit the sick and homebound (including nursing homes) on Wednesdays or Fridays. Why not Sundays and, why not include a brief  Service so that ALF residents can pray together and experience the ritual of the Liturgy. This is NOT equivalent to a mass performed by a Priest or Deacon, and it's not a replacement for attending Mass. It is better than nothing when transportation to church is not available or the health issues make it difficult to attend church. See "Procedures Page" for details.


Bill (92) - My son takes me to church every so often. It's nice that I can come here when he doesn't have time. Thank you.
Betty (78) - It's almost like being in church. This is my family now.
John C (81) - Going to church is best, but this is better than nothing. 
Mrs: Sanusky (88) - I know he isn't a Priest or Deacon, but I like to receive Holy Communion.
Every Assisted Living Facilitywith 10 or more Catholics, should consider making suitable space available, and offering this Service to residents. Contact your local Catholic Church or email us questions.
Hospitals, Mental Health Facilities, prisons and other institutions should also consider providing a Catholic Communion Service on Sundays!

Why Not?

Manpower, is the primary reason Mass is not offered on Sundays at Assisted Living Facilities. Priests and Deacons are busy. We are suggesting that Eucharistic Ministers can partially fill this void by offering Communion Services. This allows 'ALF residents' to attend church in a community environment on the Lord's Day. It's not ideal, going to Mass is better, but is much better than nothing.

I repeat; ALF residents should try to go to church on Sundays and attend Mass conducted by a Priest. ALFs should provide transportation if possible. Deacons and retired Priests are better qualified to conduct a Mass or  Service at an ALF, but when they are not available, Eucharistic Ministers can fill the void.
Comments from Residents 
Adrienne (68) - I'm Christian, but not Catholic. I like the service and receive a blessing rather than Communion.
ALF:

Ask your Pastor
for it!
Catholic
Churches:

Offer it!
Residents &
Families:

Demand it!

Sunday ALF Ministry - What's Happening?

ALFs - Doorways to Heaven

by Jim Plautz on 12/15/17

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.

It's been awhile - my bad!

by Jim Plautz on 10/30/17

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.

Jim (EM)

Sunday 7-9-17 Highlights

by Jim Plautz on 07/09/17

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!

Celebration @ Mag. Manor

by Jim Plautz on 06/22/17

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.

Easter Update (Sunday) - Arden Court, Mag Manor and Brookdale

by Jim Plautz on 04/21/17

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!

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