Ministry of the Sick

When a minister of the Church brings Communion, the sick or elderly person shares in the Eucharistic meal of the community. This holy Communion manifests the support and concern of the community for its members who are not able to be present. Holy Communion is a bond to the community for its members who are not able to be present.

This article provides an excellent summary of what it means to be an extraordinary minister of holy Communion to those who are home-bound.

If you are interested in aiding in this ministry, please contact Elida.

Do you or a loved one need holy Communion brought to you? Please feel free to contact Elida or the Parish Office at (480) 893-8770.

Prayer of a Minister of Communion to the Sick and Homebound

Gracious God, I am in your Sacred Presence about to take the Bread of Life to those who are unable to participate in the parish celebration of the Eucharist.

Thank you for the honor to carry Christ to them.

Bless my hands, that they may be fitting instruments of this Holy Visitation
Bless my heart, that I may prayerfully carry the Bread of Life to those in need.

May my attitude, my reverence and my concern for others be of Your divine heart.
I ask this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives with You and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.  Amen.

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot, at this moment, receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen