By the Rev. Laura Di Panfilo
When we gather at church, we read God’s word, we pray, and we receive the Lord’s body and blood in the Eucharist. During the pandemic, we are still able to read Holy Scripture and pray together but we have been unable to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist.
Prior to our current situation, St. Paul’s had a vibrant Eucharistic Visitor ministry through which parishioners would bring Communion to people who were unable to join us for worship. During Coronavirus, this is nearly all of us! So to help accommodate our current circumstances, we have expanded this ministry to offer Eucharist to all members of the parish.
All Eucharistic Visitors receive training and all visits take place with masks and are done outside or from someone’s car. Those receiving the Eucharist are given a prayer card and the host in an individually wrapped container. Although these precautions might seem strange, those who have made visits so far said they are not prohibitive to a meaningful visit. High school junior Jack Horrigan accompanied his father Frank on a visit and said that it was a brief but powerful experience and he would definitely do it again.
As I reflect on this new ministry, I am reminded of Christ’s promise recounted in Matthew 18:20: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” As we send our no-contact Eucharistic Visitors out into the community, Christ is with you in your ministry and time together. In a time where so many of us feel isolated and alone, this is a tremendous blessing and comfort.
If you would like to volunteer to visit, or if you would like a visitor please let us know here.