Friendly Visitors Ministry
Over 100 members of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish live in Skilled Nursing Care Facilities, Assisted Care Facilities, or are at home, frail or ill, unable to travel to and from church to attend Eucharistic Celebration of the Mass.
Please hold the frail elderly, ill and home bound members of the parish in prayer.
Every week additional parishioners are released from hospitals and want to receive the Blessed Sacrament from a Friendly Visitor Extraordinary Minister. Will you bring Christ to them and nurture a friendship?
Currently, a core group of about twenty-five Extraordinary Ministers also serve as Friendly Visitors. Each has adopted one, or two parishioners. They routinely take the Blessed Sacrament to the parishioners whom they have volunteered to serve. Most visit weekly, some visit every other week.
If you prefer to volunteer in a group, several teams have formed and each team visits a care facility, taking the Blessed Sacrament to anywhere from 12 to 50 parishioners. Mass is celebrated with the residents of Fostrian Manor and Fostrian Court on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. A team of Friendly Visitor Extraordinary Ministers visits Fostrian Manor and Court every Tuesday morning. On the 4th Wednesday of each month Mass is celebrated at the Elmcrest Village, Senior Apartment Complex. An Extraordinary Visitor team visits the Living Joy Assisted Living Facility every Monday morning.
On the First Friday of every month, the priests visit parishioners who are home bound. The priests take the Blessed Sacrament to them and are available for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. Consequently, most Friendly Visitor Extraordinary Ministers remind their adopted parishioners that the priest is coming on First Friday and then refrain from visiting the first week of the month.
The Blessed Sacrament is carried in a host-sized, blessed container called a Pix. The Friendly Visitor Extraordinary Minister obtains a Pix from the Sacristy. The Blessed Sacrament is placed into the Pix during Communion at Mass. The Friendly Visitor holds the Pix in front of them and holds up one or two fingers depending upon the number of people being visited. The Pix containing the Blessed Sacrament is then carried in a pocket, or purse. Some Friendly Visitors obtain the Blessed Sacrament from the Tabernacle and place the Body of Christ into the Pix themselves.
If you are being called to serve the people of St. Robert Bellarmine in this beautiful and rewarding ministry, please call the parish office (810-659-2501) and ask for Debbie Thiede, adult formation director, or contact Debbie online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Covered In Prayer Ministry
Covered in Prayer Ministry at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish involves the sewing of blankets given to those who are ill or suffering in any way.
Caring volunteers commit to prayer for the recipient as they fulfill their part in the sewing and distribution of the blankets.
All blankets are blessed by Fr. Gordon.