CARE TO THE HOMEBOUND, ELDERLY AND ILL
If you can
volunteer a few hours a month to bring a parishioner to and
from a doctor appointment, please contact the Pastoral Care
office at (631)261-4837 and let us know when
you are available.
Sacrament of Holy Communion, spiritual guidance, compassionate
understanding and temporal assistance, we seek to help the infirm,
elderly and ill to maintain their connection to the Blessed
Trinity and our Parish Family, with dignity, faith, hope and
love. As ministers, we pray for the humility of Christ and the
reverence toward humanity, as exemplified by St. Francis of
Assisi. May the Holy Spirit fill us with His Wisdom and
Guidance, so that we may never turn away a person in need and
may we seek the face of Christ in all our encounters. When we
doubt ourselves and our service, may we turn to the following
Scripture for affirmation (Corinthians 13:4-6).
Ministers to the Homebound
This ministry exists so that we may bring the Sacrament
of Holy Communion and the prayers of our Parish Family to those
parishioners who are temporarily or permanently homebound and
unable to attend Mass.
This is a volunteer transportation ministry, bringing parshioners
in need to local doctor appointments. This service
was developed to help our elderly who are unble to ride a bus,
cannot afford a taxi, or have no friend or family to drive them.
Requests for transportation must be called in to this office
at least a week in advance.
based on the availability of volunteer drivers.
for Eucharistic and Road Angels Ministries are always needed.
If you have some time, talent and treasure to lend, please call
the Pastoral Care Office.
FRANCIS OF ASSISI
MINISTRY OF CONSOLATION
you are interested in joining the Ministry of Consolation,
please contact, Diane Lake@ (631)499-0395
does our Parish come together for the celebration
of a Funeral Mass?
When God calls one of His children home to Him,
the parish comes together to prepare for the celebration of
the Funeral Mass. The Mass is always the memorial of Christ's
death and resurrection. He has broken the chains of sin and
death that bound humanity and in His infinite love, gives the
gift of eternal life. St. Francis of Assisi encourages the participation
of the family of the deceased in the planning of funeral rites.
It is through the Ministry of Consolation that the parish reaches
out to the family. How is this usually accomplished?
The family of the deceased meets with the director at the chosen
funeral home. The director contacts St. Francis to determine
the day and time of the Funeral Mass, and gives the family a
packet of information from the church with scripture passages
and music used at the Masses. The rectory contacts the Ministry
of Consolation Coordinator, Mrs. Diane Lake. The ministry consists
of companions and greeters.
• Mrs. Lake contacts the members of the Ministry and an
available Companion and Greeter is chosen. The Companion gets
in touch with the family to set up a meeting with them.
Companion brings a cake frm the parish as a sign of hospitality
to the family and a dialogue is begun. The Companion guides
the family through the selection of scripture readings and songs
for the Mass. Family members have the option to place the pall
on the casket, to perform the readings, to bring the gifts to
the altar.The family is encouraged, but not forced, to participate
in these selections. This is a cherished time for the Companion
to get acquainted with the family and for the family to talk
about their loved one.
booklet is prepared for all who attend the Mass which highlights
the music and readings, and contains a brief explanation of
the meaning of our Funeral Rites.
• On the day of the funeral, the Greeter meets everyone
as they come into the church, hands them a booklet, and helps
them with any questions or needs they may have. The Companion
meets the family and remains with them throughout the Mass,
assisting them in their participation.
• A few weeks after the funeral, the Companion again contacts
the family with a card or phone call just to let them know that
they are in our prayers.
Our church is committed to call the
members of Christ's Body – the priest and lay people –
to participate in the celebration of Christian Funeral Rites.
The members of the Ministry of Consolation are privileged to
carry out the work of our Lord.
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