Though they might be out of sight, they are not out of our thoughts and prayers. I am speaking here of our sick and homebound parishioners. Their lives are more closely bound to the cross of Christ, and each time I visit with them, I ask them to offer up their prayers and their sufferings for all of us here at Holy Redeemer. Some of our friends are just temporarily confined to their beds, recovering from or preparing for surgery. Others are at home or in extended care facilities for the long term. Still others have been placed in hospice care. Currently there are three of our parishioners who are in hospice care, so they and their families need our prayers especially. We have over two dozen extraordinary communion ministers as well as Stephen Ministers who bring comfort to those who need our ministry. One of the prayers we pray when we administer the Sacrament of Healing reads this way: “Let us entrust our sick brother (sister) to the grace and power of Jesus Christ, that the Lord may ease his (her) suffering and grant him (her) health and salvation.” If you know someone in the parish who is either confined to their home or has moved to an extended care facility, and who is not being visited either by a priest, a deacon or a communion minister, please let us know at the rectory. We will do our best to reach out to them. In the meantime, the next time you celebrate mass, remember those who are sick in your prayers, as well as those family members who care so lovingly for them.