Sunday Ministry @ ALF
Many Senior Citizens @ Assisted Living Facilities want to attend a Church Service on Sundays!
Seniors like worshiping in a group on Sundays!
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 Facility, with 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!
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.
Adrienne (68) - I'm Christian, but not Catholic. I like the service and receive a blessing rather than Communion.
Ask your Pastor
Brookdale @ Northdale ALF - Update
by Jim Plautz on 04/03/17
17 Communions today, including 4 from Memory Unit where 10 - 12 "Christians" prayed together before giving Holy Communion to the 3 Catholics; noisy and chaotic, but very worthwhile.
The Communion Service for the ALF residents went well as we discussed the Homily given by Deacon Jerry at the St. Timothy's 7:30 Mass. (Baptism; water, light and life). One person asked "what ever happened to lazerus?". 13 Communions and blessings to four other Christians.
Good day. Several residents thanked me for coming.
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