Ministry to the sick and homebound
An important ministry of our parish is to visit and distribute holy Communion to those individuals who are no longer able to attend Sunday Mass because they are homebound or living in nursing and personal care homes. Our parish is blessed to have extraordinary ministers of holy Communion who, in addition to distributing holy Communion at Mass, make monthly visits to the homebound members of our parish in order for them to receive the Eucharist. These visits allow our parish community to reach out in the name of Christ and bring his healing and merciful love and show our support and concern to the homebound of our parish.
Our parish office coordinates the scheduling of these visits under the direction of our pastor to over 20 private homes, and the following personal care and nursing home facilities: Kittanning Care; Melody Manor; Rivercliff Terrace Personal Care Home; Rivercliff Terrace Annex; Grey’s Colonial Manor; and Erdley’s Sunnyside Personal Care Home.
Catholic residents of Sugarcreek Rest Home (Worthington) receive pastoral care from St. Patrick’s Church, Brady’s Bend, and Catholic residents of Ross Ridge Manor (Ford City) are visited by members of Christ, Prince of Peace Parish, Ford City.
If you know of someone who would like to receive holy Communion or be visited by one of our extraordinary ministers of holy Communion, please contact our parish office.
Chaplain for Armstrong County Memorial Hospital and Health Center
Father Raphael Glinkowski is the full-time chaplain to the Armstrong County Memorial Hospital and Health Center. Father Glinkowski's responsibility is to make regular pastoral visits to Catholics throughout the week, and to distribute holy Communion, and administer the sacrament of the anointing of the sick to those in need of these sacraments.
It is very important for all Catholics, at the time of being admitted to the hospital, to indicate that they are Catholic by faith and give the name of their parish. This will help to assure you will be visited by our Catholic chaplain. Otherwise, because of patient privacy laws, Father Glinkowski may not be made aware of your admission to the hospital.
If your family member has been hospitalized and has not been visited by our chaplain, please call Father Glinkowski, who resides at the Pauline Monastery, at 724-763-1375, or call our parish office to arrange for a priest to make a pastoral visit.