Pastoral & Lay Eucharistic Visitors

Pastoral Visitors

Pastoral Visitors are parishioners who visit members of St. John's who are in need of seeing a friendly face and hearing a kind word. These members may be homebound or live in a nursing home or other care facility.


Volunteers meet with the Pastoral Visitor Chairperson and together they identify a parishioner or two who would be a good candidate for them to visit - and then, working with their schedule, the volunteer will go and touch base with their assigned visitor, often times catching them up on the happenings of St. John's! 

Lay Eucharistic Visitors


Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEVs) are parishioners who deliver the elements of Holy Communion (that have been consecrated and blessed) to parishioners who are homebound, in nursing homes, or who may be hospitalized. Such visits do not replace but rather supplement the visits that the parishioners receive from our clergy.


LEVs visit in teams of two and generally make their communion visits after a Wednesday or Sunday Service of the team's choice. Ideally, LEVs visit a person at least once a month and more often if needed or desired. The length of these visits varies as LEV's take the time to visit and then pray and administer Holy Communion by using an abbreviated service. They may also choose to share the Gospel reading of that day and talk about the message from the sermon. 

If you’re interested in getting involved with this ministry, please contact Chelsea DiDonato.

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