Sunday ALF Ministry - What's Happening?
11 Easter Eggs, 4 Catholics received Communion. This is a new ALF where one Catholic asked our Parish if someone could come and give her Communion once a week. I asked the Activities Director (Rebeca)if there were other Catholics. There were, and we now give a mini service in the small Theater for 4-5 Catholics and 5-7 other Christians who are gathered for an Idlewild Baptist Church service that immediately follows. We all say the Lord's Prayer before Catholics receive Communion and the rest receive blessings. Very nice - 10 minutes is all it takes.
20 Easter Eggs (with candy and scripture messages in each egg). We celebrated on Wednesday, with visits to both the Skilled Nursing and "Memory" units. The memory-loss patients are so!!! appreciative. I read a few of the scripture messages (e.g. Trust in the Lord .... Proverbs 3:5) for those needing help. Several in Skilled Nursing asked if I would be back Easter-Sunday (I can't, because I visit 3 other ALFs on Sundays and no "subs" are available). Sad!
10 Easter Eggs, each with candy from the Easter Bunny and a brief scripture message from the Lord. We celebrated a week early because I only visit once a month. Six Catholics included in the 10. Two ladies thanked me for coming. Good visit. Worthwhile.
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.
12 Communions, but only had six at the Communion Service this morning; Many of the "regulars" are too ill to get out of bed and a couple appear to be nearing the end - barely able to open their eyes. Three expressed sincere gratitude that I came with prayers and Communion. It was very heartening to relate to them Jesus promises them everlasting life in heaven to those who love God and their neighbor.
A few were simply "too tired" to attend and asked that I bring Communion to them in their rooms. Maybe I should get tougher with them, but I have the time. I'm going to ask the nurses/attendants to try harder to get them to come to the dining room, so we can read scripture and pray together.