Communion to the Homebound
When an illness, whether chronic or temporary, makes it difficult or impossible to get to Church on a weekly basis, then the ministers of Holy Communion in the parish will visit with the homebound person, bring them God’s Word and Holy Communion, and be the continuing presence of the St. Mary’s community for them.
The Second Vatican Council has given local parishes (and all of the faithful) an awareness that all of us share in the priestly duties of our Church. One of those duties is to visit those who are ill. Besides being a priestly duty that lay people can perform, it is a privilege as well as an act of mercy to visit the sick and bring them Jesus in the Eucharist.
We are graced by a number of lay persons who willingly visit homebound parishioners. Our priests do visit the homebound, but because of their other duties, they are not able to do it near as frequently as the Ministers of Holy Communion.
Time Commitment for Volunteers:
Volunteer Ministers of Holy Communion usually spend 20-30 minutes on a weekly basis with the person they visit. How many homebound to whom they would like to bring communion is entirely their choice based on their own schedule.
If you feel called to minister to the homebound, please contact Bette Ross at the Parish Office at 803-649-4777. You will receive the necessary training so you will be comfortable with this act of mercy while giving honor and reverence to the Eucharist.
Are you homebound?
If you or someone you love is homebound and would like to receive Holy Communion, please contact Bette Ross at the Parish Office with a short description of the situation. We will schedule a visit with a Minister of Holy Communion or priest as soon as possible.