• Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick and Homebound

     Here at St. Mel Parish we are blessed with an active group of

    Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick and Homebound.

    Sometimes, however, the parish staff does not know when someone is unable to come to Mass on a short term or long term basis. Please let us know if we can be of assistance or if you would like to serve.    

    Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick and Homebound:

    Special ministers of the Eucharist are entrusted with sharing the Body of Christ with the sick and homebound of the parish. They are examples of Gospel living, observant of Jesus’ command to love one another. It is a wonderful way to deepen one's own spiritual life by bringing Christ to others in a very real way.  

    These ministers, according to their availability, serve those who are cannot make it to Mass, whether it is for a short time or indefinitely. They go to private residences, local hospitals, nursing or retirement facilities, and board and care homes. 

    There is a brief training and the ministers are commissioned.

     

    Catholics in the parish unable to attend mass, our ministers serve:

    Private residences

    For those who desire to receive the Eucharist in their homes while recovering from illness or surgery, or due to age or permanent disability, a specific Eucharistic minister will be commissioned to bring Communion and will arrange a suitable day/time.

    Rest homes, convalescent hospitals, senior residences

    Within the boundaries of St. Mel Parish and in the area very close to it are numerous care facilities occupied by Catholics who desire a Catholic presence in their lives.  Regular visits are scheduled for Sunrise, Park Ventura and Fairwinds-West Hills Retirement Community.

    Hospital Ministry: Each new volunteer at the hospitals is personally briefed and given a mentor to follow and observe until they feel comfortable.  

    ·      Kaiser Permanente:  Because Kaiser is within parish boundaries, the priests and parishioners of St. Mel Parish have a special commitment to serve the needs of Catholic patients. They are visited each weekend by Eucharistic Ministers from the parish.  Should a patient desire to receive the Eucharist at another time, please contact the parish center, and whenever possible the staff will make arrangements for this need to be met. 

    ·      Motion Picture Hospital:  St. Mel parishioners also serve the residents of MPH on a weekly basis. Their mission is to bring the Holy Eucharist, friendship and cheer to the residents of the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital. Typically, each minister is assigned six to nine residents per visit. 

     

    To request a minister or volunteer,

    please call the Parish Center at (818)340-6020, ext. 1010

    If there is a need/desire for the Anointing of the Sick, please contact the Parish Center (818) 340-6020 and indicate the degree of urgency. A priest will be notified and respond accordingly.