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Eucharistic ministers evangelize by bringing Communion to nursing homes Print
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

Eucharistic ministers can help to save souls by bringing Communion to nursing homes. Most Catholics think that evangelization means “bringing people to Jesus,” but in a real sense, it includes “bringing the body of Jesus to people.”

This form of evangelization is becoming more important because we have an aging population, with nursing homes becoming a growing part of many communities.

Nursing homes are fertile grounds for evangelization in three categories: first, there are Catholics who want to continue sharing in the faith; second, there are “fallen-away” Catholics who might be looking for an opportunity to reach out for their eternal salvation; third, there are people of other faiths who may be touched by the attraction of seeing “how these Catholics love each other.”

Many parishes now have some visits to a nursing home, but we should consider going beyond a few days per month. Eucharistic ministers who may have time during the day or in the evening can begin the process of “adopting” a nursing home. The arrangement could start with one day per week for Communion. The next steps might be to increase the number of visits, forming a prayer group, or an on-site Mass.

Adolf Schimpf, Hanover Township