What It Means to Me to Be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion – Sharon Janning

My name is Sharon Janning.  My husband and I have been members of the St. Andrew community for six years.  I currently am an Eucharistic Minister for the Parish and assist with Communion Service at the SEM Haven Health and Residential Care Center on Sunday mornings.  I work with a very gifted team of 5 adults and a student from Mc Nicholas High School.  This is a group of dedicated individuals who take great pride in bringing the Word and Body of Christ to the residents of SEM Haven every week.

Through this ministry, I have found a way to contribute my time to the Parish Community by assisting in the distribution of Communion to those who might otherwise be unable to experience its greatness and benefits on a weekly basis.  I have also had an unexpected benefit by being able to re-connect with a very dear friend.  This individual lost her husband a little over ten years ago.  She moved out of the area to assist her daughter with the care of her children.  We lost touch with each other over the years.  On the first Sunday I was at SEM Haven, I saw a name on the list of residents who were receiving communion that I thought I recognized.  I wondered if it could be her.  To my great surprise I found it was.  She may have more trouble today getting around than she had ten years ago, but she still has the twinkle in her eyes and the beautiful smile I remember from so long ago.  We now look forward to Sunday mornings when we can get together sharing each other’s company praying to God and sharing in His Body.

Sharon Janning

I consider myself rather shy and not to be a very outgoing person.  When I was asked to help with this Ministry I was not sure I could do it.  However, I took the chance to participate and now I can say I am very happy that I did.  I enjoy my Sunday visits with the residents of SEM Haven.  I have been truly blessed in my life with all that I have received from God and my faith.  It is nice to be able to give back to God through this Ministry.

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