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Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic ministers complement the work of MGH staff chaplains by distributing Holy Communion to Roman Catholic patients, staff, and families who wish to receive communion. They provide caring attention to patients and their families at all times.
  • Applicants are required to have a letter of endorsement from their home parish and certification or documentation that Eucharistic Ministry Training has been completed (this may be included in the letter of endorsement).

Applicants should have an understanding of the meaning of the Eucharist and its place in the life of the church; good interpersonal skills; sensitivity to patients’ spiritual and emotional life; and a good awareness of boundaries.

Shifts are Sundays and/or weekdays, as negotiated with the Program Manager.

Other duties and responsibilities include:
  • Adhere to MGH policies at all times: this includes wearing volunteer jackets and identification badges, following fire and safety regulations, as well as hand hygiene
  • Respect patient confidentiality this means to suspend judgment about patients’ spiritual and emotional life; to refrain from verbalizing assumptions, opinions, or comments about patient’s illness or disposition
  • Adhere to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations including not to review medical charts
  • Follow safety precautions: this means to refer attendance to patients’ physical needs to a nurse; to follow standard precautions         
Initial and ongoing theological and procedural orientation to the Chaplaincy Department is provided by the Program Manager and members of the chaplaincy staff. Through the Volunteer Department, Eucharistic Ministers learn MGH policies and procedures governing:
  • Fire safety
  • Standard precautions
  • Sand hygiene
  • Patient confidentiality
  • HIPAA
  • Wheelchair safety/body mechanics
After training, the Eucharistic Minister will have these competencies:
  • Ability to safely transport a patient
  • Ability to demonstrate proper hand hygiene
  • Ability to follow fire safety rules
  • Ability to utilize 2 identifiers; verify a patient’s name and date of birth or Medical Record number

Applicants are subject to final approval by the Volunteer Office and the Chaplaincy Department. The Eucharistic Minister may be terminated by either Department at any time.

To apply, please contact the Chaplaincy office 617-726-2220

Pastoral Internship Experience for Roman Catholic Deacons

Deacons-in-training from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston spend ten weeks in the summer at MGH as part of their Diaconate Formation Program. They are supervised and mentored by MGH chaplains. This experience helps them develop and strengthen pastoral visitor skills by providing spiritual care to patients and their families in a hospital setting. The internships are arranged through the Archdiocese.

 

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