Pastoral Care of the Sick


Saint Andrew’s provides spiritual and compassionate care for all our parishioners who are hospitalized, in nursing homes, or confined to their own homes through:

  • the sacrament of the Eucharist, which joins all to Christ
  • the sacrament of anointing, which gives them spiritual strength and readiness to shoulder their crosses
  • visitation, to encourage and give them a hope and a sense of love, care and other blessings
  • prayer, to intercede for those who are sick


Anointing of the Sick

Our priests offer Anointing of the Sick one Saturday of every month in the church after 9:00am Mass for those who are scheduled to enter the hospital and wish to be anointed prior to being hospitalized and others who are seriously and chronically ill.  (Note dates are subject to change; See the bulletin and website calendar for updates)  For urgent requests for the sacrament that cannot be accommodated by the monthly anointing, contact the Parish Office at 301-649-3700.

Parishioners in Hospital

It is important to notify the hospital upon admittance that you are Catholic.  Each hospital has a full-time Catholic priest.  Holy Communion is distributed daily by each hospital’s Pastoral Care Staff and may be requested by notifying the nursing staff.  Saint Andrew’s Extraordinary Ministers are among those who volunteer at Holy Cross Hospital and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. If you are hospitalized we ask that you or a family member please notify the Parish Office at 301-649-3700 with the hospital name and room number so that we may have the opportunity to visit you and keep you in prayer.  This is necessary since HIPAA regulations prevent hospitals from notifying churches when a member has been admitted.

Parishioners in Nursing Homes

Saint Andrew’s regularly ministers to all the Catholic residents in the two nursing homes within our parish boundaries:

  • Arcola Health and Rehabilitation Center
  • ManorCare Health Services-Wheaton

Our priests celebrate a monthly Mass on a Monday at each of these facilities.  Our parish Extraordinary Ministers bring Communion to all Catholic residents every Sunday. If you are a resident of another nursing home outside of our parish boundaries, you will receive Pastoral Care through the parish in whose geographical boundaries you reside. It is important to notify the nursing home upon admittance that you are Catholic. When a parishioner enters a nursing home she/he or a family member should also notify the Parish Office at 301-649-3700 to make us aware so we can keep the resident in prayer.  This is necessary since HIPAA regulations prevent institutions from notifying churches when a member is admitted.

Parishioners at Home

When illness (even temporary) or advanced age restrict you from attending Mass you may wish to receive Holy Communion at home on a weekly basis.  Eucharistic Ministers are available to bring Communion to our homebound parishioners each Sunday. For more information, contact Lisa Longacre at 301-412-6331.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry care providers are available to provide confidential care to people going through a tough time in their life, including chronic or terminal illness. For more information, contact Faye McAneny at 301-806-0960 or visit the ministry webpage.

Prayers of the Faithful

With their consent or that of a family member, our parish prays weekly for all of those who are sick during the General Intercessions at Sunday Mass.  Names are included for one week unless notified.  Contact the Parish Office at 301-649-3700.

Bulletin Announcements

With their consent or that of a family member, prayers for those who are sick may be requested through the parish bulletin distributed weekly after Masses and which is also available on the website. Names are included for two weeks unless notified. Contact the Parish Office at 301-649-3700. Please note that names must be received by Tuesday morning to meet publication deadlines for the weekend.

Masses with Healing Prayers

Saint Andrew’s offers regularly scheduled Masses with Healing Prayers.  Priests are available to offer intercessory prayers during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. More information is on the ministry webpage.

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