Ministry Of Care

If you or your loved one is sick or unable to come to Church, St. Zachary Parish has Ministers of Care who can visit and bring Communion. It is important for our parish to stay in touch with our sick and/or elderly and tend to their spiritual needs.

Whatever the length of time one is sick and/or homebound and unable to attend Mass, Ministers of Care are available to visit. For some, it is a brief time; for others who are permanently homebound the visits occur regularly over a number of years. In either case, there is one Minister of Care assigned who develops a personal relationship with the person being visited. 

To arrange for a visit for yourself or for your loved one, call Dolores at the Parish Office, 847-956-7020. 

Please note the following:  Because of privacy laws in Illinois, hospitals and nursing facilities do not inform us that you were admitted. Make sure you tell them that you are a member of St. Zachary. 

Who can become a Minister of Care?
Do you feel that God is calling you to this important Ministry? Any parishioner who attends Mass regularly; is willing to spend time with the sick and suffering and take Eucharist to them; can attend the initial training; can commit to on-going enrichment training and attend meetings can become a Minister of Care.

Ministers of Care relate to a wide variety of people in many different settings. They are good listeners, maintain patient privacy and are able to assess and respond to the needs of others.

Ministers of Care are commissioned by the Archdiocese of Chicago to visit and take Holy Communion to the sick and homebound in hospitals, nursing homes and in the parishioner’s homes. 

Contact Dolores Mielzynski, Minister of Care Director, at 847-956-7020 or dmielzynski@saintzachary.org.