Sunday Ministry @ ALF
Many Senior Citizens @ Assisted Living Facilities want to attend a Church Service on Sundays!
Each Parish will develop their own Procedures!
Click above Link to view Procedures.
Eucharistic Ministers now conduct Sunday Services in Tampa, Fl
@ 3 locations
Emeritus @ Northdale (11:00 AM)
Carrollwood Care Center (11:00 AM)
Magnolia Manor (9:30 AM)
Basic procedures for Offering Communion @ Nursing Homes on Sundays;
1.Attend 7:30 or 9:00 AM Mass. Place unblessed bread into a PYX to be blessed by Priest; 2.Listen to Readings and use as needed in your Service (The Catholic Handbook, Visiting the Sick and Homebound, Page 10; "You may want to base your explanation on the parish Sunday Homily....") 3.Receive the PYX and blessing from the Priest or Deacon; proceed directly to the Nursing Home; 4.Organize your “abbreviated service” to fit the circumstances at the ALF (e.g. at Emeritus and Carrollwood care Center, we follow a Christian Preacher – keep the liturgy brief) 5.Residents will congregate in a central place, e.g. activity room or dining room; 6.Introduce yourself & interact with residents prior to the service; inform them that this is NOT a Mass and that you are just a Eucharistic Minister. (I suggest telling them something about your self so they can better connect with you; e.g. went to a Halloween costume party last night; were any of you there?) 7.Open the Service & Read from the Pentitenial Act; e.g. "I confess to Almighty God ...". Read or summarize the Liturgy, "Share with them the day's Homily" when appropriate. 8.Say the Lord’s Prayer, Communion liturgy and Provide Holy Communion or blessings; Kneel when possible if recipient is in a wheel chair or cannot stand. 9.Conclude the Mass with a brief prayer. Thank residents for coming. 10.Two or three room visits might be required, time permitting, for residents in poor health, although ALF residents should be encouraged to come to the service and pray as a group.
The Sick & Homebound Ministry follows the guidelines in the Catholic Handbook for Visiting the Sick and Homebound, and the little blue book; "Communion of the Sick".