The spiritual needs of our sick, homebound, hospitalized, and institutionalized parishioners are very important to us here at Pope John XXIII parish. We want very much to keep them in prayer, provide pastoral visits, and make sure they have full access to the sacraments.
In order to provide proper pastoral care, we first of all have to know who is in need of these ministries. The number of priests available for full, or part time, hospital ministry is decreasing, and the local pastor is now more directly responsible for his own parishioners. For years, hospital and nursing home volunteers would call parishes, and inform them that a parishioner had been admitted. This is no longer the case.
April 14, 2003 was the deadline for compliance with the federal law entitled, “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This law seeks to safeguard individuals’ privacy regarding health matters. It not only impacts our ability to find out who is in the hospital, and what their condition is, but it also has ramifications about how our Prayer Line functions.
You can help us minister to our sick, homebound, hospitalized, and institutionalized parishioners, in a variety of ways, such as: providing us the proper information when you or a family member is in need of care; respecting the privacy of other friends and acquaintances; volunteering to pray for, take communion to, or visit your fellow parishioners; using our Prayer Line in an appropriate manner. Here are a few practical suggestions.
HOW CAN I HELP
1. When you are going to the hospital
- Inform the parish office as soon as you know the date of admittance.
- If you are not able to inform the parish yourself, ask a member of your immediate family to do so for you.
- You may request the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick be celebrated prior to admittance, or when you are in the hospital.
- You may request that Fr. Denis, Deacon Pry, Deacon Miller or one of our Eucharistic Ministers, visit you, and/or bring you Communion while you are in the hospital.
- You, or a member of your immediate family with your permission, may place your name on our Prayer Line.
2. If you are homebound or in a healthcare facility, either permanently or temporarily
- Please call the parish office as soon as possible.
- If you are not able to inform the parish, ask a member of your immediate family to do so.
- You may request Anointing of the Sick, Communion, Confession, and/or pastoral visits.
- You may also request to receive the weekly church bulletin by mail.
3. If you wish to minister to the sick as a Eucharistic Minister or Pastoral Visitor
- Please call the parish office to speak with Fr. Denis, Deacon Pry or Deacon Miller.
CONCERNING OUR PARISH PRAYER LINE
• We ask that prayer line requests come from the persons in need of prayer themselves, or with their permission, from a member of their immediate family.
• To respect privacy, only the person’s name will be forwarded to the members of our parish prayer line. They will in turn pray for that person, knowing that God understands their need, and will respond according to his will.
• The prayer requests will be included in one of the General Intercessions at Masses on Sat. and Sun., and then forwarded to the members of our parish prayer line each week.
• If you would like to be part of this ministry of prayer for your fellow parishioners, please contact Anne Brunney or the Parish Office to be included as part of our prayer line. Prayer requests will be forwarded to you either by email or U. S. Postal service, as you prefer.
Primary Contact: Anne Brunney
Secondary Contact: Deacon Roger Pry
Volunteers Needed: Yes