Ministry to the Sick and Homebound

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) bring the comfort of Christ in the form of the Eucharist to those who cannot come to church. They bring the Church to people who cannot physically come to mass. Through these visits, the sick and homebound are united to the Body of Christ present in our Ascension community. Ministers to the Sick and Homebound visit hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities and personal homes.

If you or a member of your family or a friend or loved one is unable to participate in mass in person and would like a minister to visit and bring Holy Communion, please contact the parish office at 321-254-1595.

What is required to become part of this ministry?
This ministry provides training to those who have attended the educational session required to receive a mandate from the Diocese of Orlando to serve as Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion within their parish. The Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is mentored by an experienced Eucharistic Minister to the Sick and Homebound. The minister:

  • Is a baptized Catholic and an active member of Ascension who participates in weekly mass, communion services, and is a person of prayer.
  • Practices the art of listening and understanding with the attitude of love and respect when they visit.
  • Is an Extraordinary Ministry of Holy Communion or has recently completed EMHC training through the Orlando Diocese ( ).
  • Has completed on-line Safe Environment training (available on Orlando Diocese Website). ยท Has completed fingerprinting and background check ( ) .
  • Ministers visiting Health First facilities also complete an orientation for Spiritual Care Volunteers.

For additional information or if you are interested in joining this ministry, please contact:
Maureen Vouglas at 321-544-8232 or or Paul Witte at 321-243-0161 or