Communion to the Homebound

Our Commitment:
Our intent is to make the Sacraments available to all Catholics who would like to receive, but are unable to attend Sunday Mass due to injury, illness, advanced age, or circumstance.

What We Do:
Distribute the Body of Christ to persons who are homebound, hospitalized or in nursing homes/assisted living facilities in Edmond who wish to receive it. Arrange for the sacraments of anointing and reconciliation as requested. Persons hospitalized in Edmond hospitals may receive a visit from a minister Monday through Friday if the patient lists their religion as Catholic when admitted to the hospital.

Visits may include praying, reading the Word, delivering a brief reflection, distributing prayer cards and devotionals, and providing a church bulletin or other publication.

How it Works
If you have surgery or cannot come to Mass routinely--even for a few weeks, call the office. Request communion at home or in a nursing home/assisted living facility.

Where We Go
An Extraordinary Minister of Communion from St. John's visits: 

  • daily to any parishioner in one of the Edmond Hospitals, OU Medical Center or Integris Edmond
  • weekly to any parishioner at home in the Edmond area, time arranged between minister and homebound person
  • Autumn Leaves on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
  • Bradford Village on Wednesdays at 8:45 a.m.
  • Edmond Health and Rehab on Sundays
  • Edmond Health Care weekly on Wednesdays
  • Grace Living Center on Tuesdays at 10; First Friday Mass at 10:00 a.m.
  • Lyndale on Mondays at 10:15 a.m.
  • Sterling House both Edmond locations weekly
  • Veraden Continuing Care Facility on Wednesdays
  • Eden Care on Sundays

If you are a patient in one of the Oklahoma City area hospitals or nursing home/assisted living/rehab facilities, notify the office and we will arrange for a local parish to bring you communion. 

Fasting Requirements
Those who are elderly (at least 60 years of age) or sick as well as their caretakers can receive Communion even if a full hour fast has not been fulfilled. For example, people in the hospital are not in control of their own schedule and may be eating or have just finished eating when visited by the priest or Eucharistic minister. Therefore, the period of fast before receiving Holy Communion is reduced to "approximately one quarter of an hour" for those who are sick at home or at a medical facility, those elderly confined to home or a nursing home, and those who care for these people and who are unable conveniently to observe the fast ("Immensae Caritatis," 1973).

Other Sacraments
The office can make arrangements for you to receive other sacraments in your home or a facility

--Sacrament of Anointing
--Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession)
Call the office.

 

Serve in this Ministry

Time & Training Required:

In order to become a communion minister who can provide Communion to the homebound, you must participate in the following:

  • 2 - 3 hours of initial training with the program Coordinator and other ministers
  • 1 hour quarterly networking meeting with other homebound communion ministers
  • 3 hour retreat every year with other homebound communion ministers from Oklahoma City metro parishes
  • Spend approximately 1 hour per week bringing Holy Communion to persons in their homes or an institutional facility such as a nursing home, assisted living facility, or Edmond hospital.

It is also helpful for you to be available by phone or email to help fulfill unscheduled requests.  Must be accepted as an extraordinary minister by the archdiocese for a three-year commitment.  Training is provided and Safe Environment training is required. 

Helpful Attributes
People who are out-going, enjoy visiting, appreciate the Catholic faith and sacraments, pray daily, and understand the respect and dignity due to the elderly and the ill are excellent candidates to become Communion ministers to the homebound.