Eucharistic Ministry Training for Hospitals
Hospital Ministry 101 – For Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in Hospital Settings
- Saturday, June 11th from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- Isaac Orr Conference Room and livestreamed on Zoom
As Covid wanes, hospitals are once again preparing to welcome volunteer communion ministers to visit patients. Through this special ministry, we bring the sacrament of Christ’s Body and the love and care of the Christian community to people who are sick, preparing for and recovering from surgery, and to those who are dying.
This workshop will offer an overview for all who are thinking about getting involved in this special ministry of service to the sick. Whether you’ve served in this capacity before and are eager to return to ministry, or are wondering whether this ministry is right for you, you are welcome. The workshop will cover:
- What to expect in ministering to the sick in a hospital setting
- Overview of the rites for lay ministers
- Basic pastoral care skills
- Hospital protocols ministers need to know
Presenters include Deacon Greg McNabb, hospital chaplain; Joe Cotton, Director of Pastoral Care & Outreach for the Archdiocese of Seattle; Corinna Laughlin, Pastoral Assistant for Liturgy at St. James Cathedral; and Yanti Kapoyos of the St. James Cathedral pastoral care team.
**Attention Seattle ministers: We are getting ready to have volunteers return to Harborview Hospital and Swedish Hospital on First Hill in downtown Seattle, as well as the Swedish campus on Cherry Hill in the Central District. If you are interested in getting involved, please come in person if you can, or join in via Zoom.**
“Because the sick are prevented from celebrating the eucharist with the rest of the community, the most important visits are those during which they receive holy communion. In receiving the body and blood of Christ, the sick are united sacramentally to the Lord and are reunited with the eucharistic community from which illness has separated them” (Pastoral Care of the Sick, 51).