This week, we feature a ministry that is very dear to my heart: Hands of Veronica. Here is a text submitted by the coordinator of this ministry, Mr. Barry Desmond, to tell us what it is all about:
Hands of Veronica – Ministry to sick and elderly shut-ins
This Ministry takes its name and inspiration from Catholic tradition as depicted in the 6th Station of the Cross (Veronica wipes the face of Jesus).
We strive to serve those who are Residents in four different Care Homes in our Parish as well people who may be confined to Hospital or home.
Mass is celebrated once a month in each – Fair Haven, St. Michael’s Centre, Willingdon Care Centre and Courtyard Terrace. In addition Holy Communion is provided weekly and arrangements are made for those who request Confession or Holy Anointing. Arrangements are also made for those who request a home or Hospital visit. Devotional articles – rosaries, scapulars, holy water etc. are made available.
A team of volunteers (presently some 35) helps especially with Mass in the Care Homes. Most residents need assistance either with walking or a wheel chair to attend the Mass and return to their room. A music ministry is a much valued part of our Liturgies. Many residents (both Catholic and non-Catholic) appreciate time spent visiting and socializing by the volunteers.
Two general meetings are held annually- one in Jan. and in June.
All that is required is a generous heart willing to serve and sufficient mobility to carry out the tasks.
Appeals are made from time to time via the bulletin when more recruits are needed.
Thank you for your text Barry, and thanks and God’s blessings upon all the members of your ministry team. It is a ministry that God does not forget: “I was a stranger to you… I was ill… and you visited me…” Mt 25:35.36; “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy…” Mt 5:7