The Ministries of St Peter’s Parish in Carenage and Point Cumana have a tradition of hosting the sick and shut-ins of the community, at a Mass and Anointing of the Sick, during the Christmas Season (and other points in the year).
For this Mass, the sick and shut-ins are transported to the church and can be anointed by the presiding priest and to receive Holy Communion. They are usually provided with a Christmas meal.
During this past Christmas Season, it became difficult to bring out the sick and shut-ins as many of them are now unable to walk or stand for long periods. The Ministries together with Parish Priest, Fr Harold Imamshah had to take a new approach, and decided this year to go out to the sick and shut-ins.
Fr Imamshah and five teams of parishioners visited the sick members of the communities, where they were anointed and received Holy Communion, over a period of three weeks.
Shortly before Christmas Day, they received a lunch box along with a decorated bottle of holy water and a gift item which they greatly appreciated. The number of homebound visits was 25 in Carenage and 10 in Point Cumana.
Heartfelt thanks go out to all who assisted with transport and to all who were involved in making this event a great success. May God continue to bless us all as in a synodal fashion as we attempt to include in our church gatherings, all on the margins, and those who have served the parish so faithfully over the many years. —Cynthia Rennes, Parishioner and Eucharistic Minister