In the pre-COVID days, Extraordinary Ministers from all of Frederick County parishes brought Communion to the patients at Frederick Health Hospital on a daily basis. The area parishes, including St. Joseph’s, are interested in bringing back this ministry as soon as we can. In the past, St. Joseph has been an active participant and we’re very excited about it potentially resuming.
Bringing the Lord to hospital patients is extremely rewarding not only for the patients but for the EMs involved. You really feel the grace of God when you are giving patients Communion. The patients are so grateful and appreciative of you being there and of having the opportunity to spend a few quiet moments with the Lord.
As to the commitment from the Extraordinary Ministers, it was common for the Extraordinary Ministers to serve Communion at the hospital twice a month but even once a month is available. Two EMs are assigned each day of the month and your arrival time is up to you. Some EMs come during the day and some after work, and even EM couples can serve together on the same day. Training will be available!
Right now, this is just in the planning phase and we would like to present a list of interested EMs for if/when this ministry resumes. If interested please sign up using the form below. If you have any questions please contact Janet Cugini.