Our parish Ministry of Care gives the sick, the elderly and the homebound an opportunity to receive Christ in the Eucharist, to pray and experience the love and care from our parish and feel connected to our community of faith. Ministers of Care make a weekly visit to a parishioner’s home or a monthly visit to an area hospital depending on your schedule. Oftentimes the friendship that grows from time spent together in prayer and talking is greatly treasured by both.
Confirmed practicing Catholics are welcome to become Ministers of Care. You will receive special training at the Carmelite Spiritual Center in Darien to help you learn how to minister to the sick and elderly both pastorally and scripturally.
If you would like to learn more about this important ministry please contact Fr. Filbert Ngwila at the Parish Center. 246-4404x-120 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Every 4 to 6 weeks, I bring Holy Communion to patients at RML respiratory hospital in Hinsdale. Many patients are very ill and on ventilators. Some are tube fed temporarily and are not allowed to have anything by mouth, including the Eucharist. Whether it is giving the Body of Christ, praying with the patient and/or family members, or praying silently over a comatose patient, it is a great honor to even be in the same room with those sharing in the sufferings of Christ. It is a profoundly humbling and precious experience. Each and every time I am there, I receive much more than I give.
I have been a minister of care for the last 10 years. I do homebound care for those elderly people that are not able to get out and go to church. I visit people once a week.
I consider it an honor to bring our Lord to those who cannot make it to church. I get more from the ministry that I put forth myself.
Eugene C. Ognibene
I have been going to RML since 1987. And I was a home visitor before lay people were carrying the host. At one time I brought communion to LaGrange also.
I have a sudden bonding with the sick and feel great empathy for the sick. Now it is my turn.
I’ve been a minister of care for 18 months. So far I have visited people mostly at home. It has been a complete privilege. The people I visit are so appreciative but I am the one who is the most grateful.
I have been a minister of care for many years, not sure how many. I minister at the RML hospital and also do home visits. I enjoy this ministry because it always leaves me grateful for my own well- being, and the opportunity to forget my own troubles. Those I bring the Eucharist to at home are so very grateful for the visit and an opportunity to receive the Eucharist. It feels good to be able to help others and myself along the way.
There are so many great things about being a Minister of Care. Most importantly, bringing Jesus to people who really need and treasure the gift of the Eucharist. I was never fond of visiting hospitals and especially nervous about a critical care facility like RML. This ministry has allowed me challenge myself in new ways, to leave my fears behind, and to trust that Jesus walks with me as I bring the love and prayers of the St. John of the Cross community to comfort these patients and their families in their most difficult of times.
In the beginning, I thought I was doing the giving. Eight years in this ministry, have taught me, the gifts were for me all along.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve in such a beautiful ministry.
Being a minister of care is a privilege. It inspires the virtue of gratitude. People are so thankful for a person to come and visit with them about The Blessed Sacrament, The Holy Eucharist. What we give to them is rewarded back to us by a hundred times. It gives me a purpose and hope in life. Talking about ones faith to another and being honest and sincere is a wonderful way to create a real honest friendship.
I’ve been making a home visit once a week for several years. It gives me great joy to bring Jesus in Holy Communion and also by my presence.