June 24, 2018
One of the clearest messages of the Gospel is the compassion of Jesus for the sick and suffering. Over and over again the Gospel writers tell the stories of the miracles of Jesus that bring sight to the blind, hearing for the deaf and health for the sick. It is a joy and privilege for Sister Maryann and Father Peter – and those who minister with them – to continue this ministry – to visit the sick, to bring the Eucharist and to pray with those who are ill. To the best of our ability we try to be present to parishioners in the hospital, health care facilities and those who are home-bound. But to minister effectively to the sick we need your help. Parishes are no longer informed when individuals are admitted to a hospital or health care facility (long-term or rehabilitation). We need families and friends to contact the rectory and inform us. And once a person returns home, we also need to know if they would like a pastoral visit while they recover at home. Please keep us up-to-date on the changing health needs of our parishioners and friends. And because messages get “lost” on a desk, if you don’t receive a response, do not hesitate to call the rectory again. This message also applies to anyone in need of the Sacrament of the Sick. Very often this Sacrament is celebrated after the 8:30AM Mass with an individual going for surgery or tests. But Father Peter is most willing to come to a home or the hospital to celebrate the Sacrament. And please do not wait until death is imminent. It is called the “Sacrament of Sick” because it is meant to bring comfort to the sick person, making the individual more aware of the Presence of Jesus in the illness. So again: your help in making us aware of the changing pastoral needs of the sick and home-bound of the Parish would be very much appreciated.
April 15, 2018
WORDS OF GRATITUDE: Sister Maryann wishes to thank all our parishioners and friends who assisted in assembling the Easter Gift Bags and then deliver them to our parishioners who are home bound or residing in health care facilities. The many notes of appreciation that Sister Maryann received testifies to the importance of this ministry. It is another wonderful way to assure our elderly and infirmed parishioners of the love and prayers of their parish family here at St. Aloysius Gonzaga.