By Keishla Espinal | Photos By Keishla Espinal

Bringing Jesus to the Homebound

November 7, 2022 | While the Mass is the source and summit of the Catholic faith, some faithful Catholics are not able to participate in Sunday or daily Mass for health reasons. That’s why it’s so essential for parishes to bring Holy Communion to the sick and homebound.

Each week, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion from Holy Cross Catholic Church in St. Petersburg, bring Holy Communion to parishioners who are unable to attend Mass. The homebound greatly appreciate the opportunity and the blessing to receive Holy Communion at home, in a hospital, or in an Assisted Living Facility.

JoAnn and Kenneth Hossley have been taking Holy Communion to the homebound since September. It all started when one of their friends became ill and needed to receive Communion. The Hossleys wanted to help their friend so they joined the ministry.

Regina King of Holy Cross Parish has health issues and is only able to receive the Eucharist at home. 

“It is a great, wonderful blessing to be able to receive the Eucharist at home,” said King.

Audrey Convery volunteers each Tuesday to take the Eucharist to local nursing homes. She has also been taking Holy Communion to the homebound and their caregivers for over 30 years. 

“It is pretty special taking the Eucharist to nursing homes. I get more out of it than they do; and they look forward to it every Tuesday,” said Convery. 

The residents love having Convery there, stating that she is the highlight of their week. “A nice person inside and outside,” one resident stated.

One of the residents stated, “When you come, I am happier because I am closer to Jesus.”

Holy Cross Catholic Church is still looking for volunteers to bring the Eucharist to the homebound. To learn more, contact the parish office at 727-546-3315.