Periodically throughout the year, cards are sent to our sick and shut-in parishioners. We are seeking volunteers to assist in this worthy ministry. Interested? Please call Barbara Bell at 663-2244.
The ministry of helping the Parish Visitors
is a most rewarding one. The homebound, sick, and elderly benefit
greatly from a friendly smile, an interested ear, and a connection with
their parish. If you want to share your love of God and your treasure of time, you are the perfect volunteer.
We have several people who already are visiting but we have more people with whom we would like to stay in touch. In order to do this we need the help of a few more volunteers who would “adopt” two, three or even four people and visit them maybe three or four times a year (more, if you like) and stay in touch with them. Each person would be notified that you would be visiting them. Interested? Contact Barbara Bell at 663-2244.
Also, if you know someone who is alone, in a nursing or assisted living home, and would like a visit, please let Barbara Bell know as soon as possible so they can be added to our list of names.
If you've been hoping someone would stop by "just to say hi" or to give you a lift somewhere, give Barbara Bell a call. There's always a cheery smile just around the corner.
The Parish Visitors of Holy Cross lead Communion services and Bible Studies in the Lakeview and Riverview high-rises and the Shorewinds nursing home. They also attend wakes and funerals and follow-up on the bereaved. Spiritual, informational, and social programs for seniors are also provided through the Parish Visitor in the parish center.Volunteers assist the Parish Visitors in taking the Eucharist to those unable to attend Mass and by providing transportation to church, and for shopping or appointments.
The Parish Priests, the Parish Ministry Coordinator, or the Parish Visitors try to visit any parishioner who is ill in the hospital or nursing home. If a member of your family should be ill, please call Barbara Bell at 663-2244 if you have a visitation need. If a parishioner is confined to home and would like a priest or Minister of Communion to bring the Eucharist, again, a call to the parish office is all that is needed.
Due to the recent passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, (HIPAA), obtaining information from hospitals and nursing homes is very limited. The Parish Visitors must rely on the family to contact the parish office when a family member has been admitted to a hospital or nursing home.
Weekly Communion Services are celebrated at both high-rises; Lakeview onTuesdays at 11:00 AM and Riverview on Tuesdays at 2:00 PM. Once a month, at these same times, there is a celebration of Mass. The spiritual needs of Shore Winds Nursing Home are also provided through a Wednesday morning distribution of Communion, a monthly Mass, a First Friday Communion Service and Bible Study every Sunday.