“The faithful who are ill are deprived of their rightful and accustomed place in the Eucharistic community. In bringing communion to them, the Minister of Communion represents Christ and manifests faith and charity on behalf of the whole community toward those who cannot be present at the Eucharist. For the sick, the reception of communion is not only a privilege but also a sign of support and concern shown by the Christian community for its members who are ill”

–Pastoral Care of the Sick, 1973

ABOUT:  This ministry is composed of lay women and men who bring the Eucharist to parishioners who are homebound, hospitalized, or in nursing homes.


WHAT WE DO:  This ministry offers spiritual comfort to those who cannot attend Mass. While each Minister of Care receives the same training, the actual ministerial visit may vary because of the circumstances. A typical visit includes prayers, the daily Scripture readings and the reception of Communion.

SKILLS NEEDED:  This is a ministry of being present to people, which requires compassion, empathy, good listening skills, and patience. Training is provided by our parish or other parishes in our area.


TIME COMMITMENT:  Ministry visits are flexible and you can serve in this ministry as often as your schedule allows – weekly, twice a month, or monthly.


HOW TO SIGN UP: If you are interested in this special ministry, please contact our Parish Office at 773-767-1523.

If you wish to have your sick or infirmed loved one receive the graces of the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist, please call the Parish Office at (773) 767-1523 to arrange for visits by one of our Ministers of Care.


If you are interested in becoming a Minister of Care, contact the parish at: 773-767-1523 

St. Symphorosa & St. Rene Parish

Main Office

(Located at St. Symphorosa Worship Site)

6135 S. Austin Ave 
Chicago, Illinois 60638


St. Rene Goupil

(Worship Site​)

6949 W. 63rd Place
Chicago, Illinois 60638


Fr. Robert Regan, Pastor

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Sunday Observance


4:00pm  St. Rene Worship Site

5:30pm  St. Symphorosa Worship Site


7:30am & 10:30am  St. Rene Worship Site

9:00am & 12:00pm  St. Symphorosa Worship Site

Daily Masses
Monday - Saturday 8am

Alternating Worship Sites

St.Rene (Jan., Mar., May, July, Sept., Nov.)

St. Symphorosa (Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct., Dec.)

Contact Us at the Main Office

6135 S. Austin Ave

Chicago, IL 60638



6pm - 7pm every Tuesday at St. Symphorosa

3pm - 3:45pm every Saturday at St. Rene

Confessions are still available by appointment.

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