Ministry to the Sick offers a pastoral visit to those hospitalized, in nursing homes/assisted living facilities, or those confined to their homes. This Ministry consists of a caring visit with time to listen and pray about the parishioner’s concerns and to give them the Eucharist. The purpose of this Ministry is to provide the sick with an experience of the care and concern of their faith community, and keep them connected with same.
If you are unable to get to church because you are residing in a facility, regardless if you are there on a temporary or permanent basis, then you should contact us. If you are sick at home, or recovering from surgery, undergoing Chemotherapy or radiation, or perhaps have a lowered immune system, you should contact us. If you are unable to get to church due to illness, you should take advantage of this Ministry. Call the church office at 352.753.0989.
Why do people serve in this Ministry? Men and women serve in this ministry for many reasons:
in gratitude for the blessing God has given them;
because they or their families received care and wish others to have it; because they understand how lonely others can get;
because they treasure the Eucharist and do not wish anyone to be deprived of it; because they are compassionate people who are responding to God's call to serve Him.
The Minister to the Sick brings Holy Communion to those who are not able to celebrate the Mass in church. This would include those in The Villages Regional Hospital, a number of nursing homes/assisted living care facilities in Lake County, and to the home bound of our parish community.
Interested in volunteering as a Minister to the Sick?
Prior to receiving training as a Minister to the Sick, you must be also be trained as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Training is provided by the Orlando Diocese at St. Timothy Church or one of the local parishes for both Extraordinary Minister of Communion and Minister to the Sick. The Ministry Coordinator of St. Timothy Church meets with all Ministers to the Sick on a quarterly basis in the parish hall and will also provide personalized training at the facility you choose to visit.
If you choose to do hospital or nursing home/assisted living visitations, it would require approximately one to two hours once or twice a month, or as often as you would like to be involved. If you choose home visitations, your commitment varies based on how many visits you choose to be scheduled for which normally run 15-20 minutes per visit.
You can be a full time resident, a seasonal resident, even a husband and wife team. If you are a good listener and have compassion and empathy for the sick, then this Ministry is for you.
The Bishop of Orlando has requested that every Minister to the Sick be fingerprinted and have a background check in order to safe guard those they visit. If you feel that the Holy Spirit is leading you to reach out to the sick or shut-in, contact Director of Volunteers at St. Timothy Church.
“If today you hear God's voice, harden not your heart.” (Ps. 95:8)
Please note you must be a registered member of St. Timothy Church in order to volunteer for Ministry to the Sick.