Feb 2, 2014

The Lay Minister Will Not Give Holy Communion to My Mom

What Happened to the Notion that "We Are All God's Children".


I read the following comment from our reader Bekka under the article, She Taught Me One of the Greatest Caregivers Lessons of Them All.

"Sadly, the lay minister from the nearby Catholic church will not give holy communion to my mom - the first time she said, "oh, I can't give it, she doesn't know the meaning."

The 2nd time, mom pulled it out. I put in back into mom's mouth and she took it.

The 3rd time I again asked that mom receive communion and the lay minister said, "we've discussed this before" threw up her hands and walked away from us."

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I responded: Its your call, but if it were me I would find a dementia friendly Catholic Church. Whatever happened to the notion that "We are all God's Children?"

Is your church or place of worship dementia friendly?

Has your church made an effort to help, assists, or organize its Alzheimer's or dementia community?

I do know that it was the spirit with me that allowed me to care for my mother, Dotty. Without my beliefs, I would not have been able to carry on for 8 and a half years.

Your comments and reactions are welcome below.

If you live in a dementia friendly community could you tell us about the roles of your religious leaders?

I hope that no one finds this offensive or off track. The role of our religious leaders is an issue for all of us in the Alzheimer's community.

Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room

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Bob DeMarco
Bob DeMarco  is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR). Bob is a recognized expert, writer, speaker, and influencer in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Community worldwide. The ARR Knowledge Base contains more than 4,600 articles. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.
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