Pastoral Care to the Sick and Homebound
DURING COVID 19 PHASE 1 REOPENING THE FOLLOWING APPLIES IN ADDITION TO THE OTHER INFORMATION FOUND ON THIS PAGE: Anointings will be celebrated with the usual safety measures in place. Priests will wear mask and gloves and the anointing will take place with the use of a cotton ball which is to be reverently disposed of after each anointing. Any guidelines that are in place in hospitals or other institutions must be respected.
The face of each person who suffers is a face of Christ. One of the deepest causes of suffering experienced by those whom sickness or aging afflicts is a sense of isolation from the faith community. Because we are members of the Body of Christ, it is Christ who is present to us in our suffering, particularly through our Ministers of Care.
The Ministers of Care of Sacred Hearts – St. Stephen Parish are a sign of the community’s presence, bringing the Sacraments of Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Anointing of the Sick, as well as comfort, presence, and prayer to members who are unable to participate because of illness or aging.
Ministers of Care include laity and the ordained.
Laity who are Ministers of Care are trained as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist to bring communion to those who are not able to attend Mass at the church on Sundays. You may arrange for an Extraordinary Minister to bring Communion to you by contacting the rectory at 718.596.7750 or info@SacredHearts-StStephen.com.
A priest may be requested to visit the home of someone who is sick or dying at anytime. Please call the rectory at 718.596.7750 to arrange for a visit. At the time of the request please indicate if the person is physically able to receive the Eucharist.