“Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn, and the poor are Masterpieces of God’s Creation, made in his own image destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect” – Pope Francis, July 7, 2013
“The number one priority is to bring Communion to our parishioners who are homebound. The Holy Body of Christ and prayers will ease their suffering with the peace and love of the Lord” – Bishop Dale Melczek
Who We Are
The Sacrament of the Eucharist and addressing pastoral spiritual needs to homebound parishioners are the main services of the Homebound Ministry.
Members of the Homebound Ministry are parishioners of St. Mary of the Lake who have been trained in visit protocols for the distribution of the Holy Eucharist.
Those who are confined to home are no less part of our faith community than any others. As such, we seek to include these brothers and sisters in parish life through sacramental and pastoral outreach.
Our priest and deacon are also available to make pastoral visits.
What We Do
Homebound Ministry attends to the spiritual needs of parishioners who are unable to leave home, thereby keeping them connected to the parish community.
- Distribute the Eucharist to the homebound
- Help address spiritual and religious needs
- Update the Parish Prayer list
- Connect with those who are in pastoral need through visits, mailings, or telephone calls
- Visits to Parishioners to provide an opportunity for prayer and social interaction
If a Parishioner you know is recuperating from a hospital stay, or is temporarily or permanently homebound, and would like a visit to receive Holy Communion, we are willing to respond.
If a Parishioner is suffering spiritually, we are also willing to address their concerns.
For emergency visits due to extreme illness or for those in need of the sacrament of Annoing of the Sick, please call the Parish Office.
Parish Office: 219-938-1373 (Mon – Fri 9 am to 12 pm)