Ministry to the Sick and Homebound

What is the Ministry to the Sick and Homebound?
The Eucharistic ministers bring the comfort of Christ in the form of the Eucharist to those who cannot come to church. We bring the Church to people who cannot physically come to church. In this way, the sick and homebound are united to the Body of Christ present in our community.  We continue the healing and compassionate ministry of Jesus, as members of His Body.  It is always in Jesus’ Name that we visit.

This is not a private but a public act of representing the Church as an institution and as a parish.

Our call as Ministers to the Sick is to be present to the patients as they attempt to find God in their life situation, by listening to them. Christian presence is the gift we bring to the sick.  Confidentiality, respect of the patient, and acceptance of them for whom and where they are, are the gifts inherent in this presence.

What is required to become part of this ministry?
This ministry provides training and the new minister is also mentored by an experienced Eucharistic Minister to the Sick. The new ministers will also attend a training session at the Newark Archdiocesan Center presented by the Worship Office.

The minister needs to be a baptized Catholic and a member of St. Peter’s Parish who participates in weekly mass, communion services, and personal prayer.

He/she practices the art of listening and understanding with the attitude of love and respect when they visit.

What is the time commitment?
This varies, weekly, monthly, First Friday. This will be determined according to the needs and schedule of the one visited and the minister.

If you are interested in joining this ministry, contact:
Donna Grotheer, Parish Nurse

If you have a relative or friend who is homebound and would like to be visited, please call the rectory at 201-261-3366 or click the link  for our Request Visit to Homebound online form.


sick_homebound Each member of our parish is invited to participate in this ministry by praying for our absent brothers and sisters.

Father, your Son accepted our sufferings to teach us the virtue of patience in human illness. Hear the prayers we offer for our sick brothers and sisters. May all who suffer pain, illness, or disease realize that they have been chosen to be saints and know that they are joined to Christ in his suffering for the salvation of the world. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.