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.
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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!
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