BeFriender Ministry

Bread of Life Apostolate to the Sick and Homebound

(formerly BeFriender Ministry)

The Eucharist is the Church’s greatest treasure and the source and summit of our life as Catholic Christians. The Bread of Life Apostolate to the Sick and Homebound serves as a vital bridge between Christ in the Eucharist and our brothers and sisters who are not able to be present with us physically at Mass. 

For many years, under the able direction and guidance of various staff and volunteers, Holy Name of Jesus has sustained a robust support network known as the BeFriender Ministry. Under its new name, the Bread of Life Apostolate, this reinvigorated ministry builds upon that sturdy foundation of offering listening, presence and compassion.

To refer to it as an apostolate rather than simply a ministry emphasizes that those who make visits on behalf of the parish serve as coworkers with the clergy, commissioned with a special task of bringing Holy Communion from Mass to those who hunger for the Lord’s sustenance. Beyond long term immobility or sickness, other needs that would find support through this outreach include acute illness and recovery from surgery. Our committed volunteers participate in ongoing prayer and formation opportunities, Safe Environment training and are commissioned as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

If you are interested in learning how you can help, or if you or someone you know would like a home visit from a priest or minister to the homebound, please contact Fr. Spencer Howe, Associate Pastor and Coordinator of Pastoral Care, at 763-745-3491 or at frspencer.howe@hnoj.org.