with their daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Jeff McParland, they continued their practice of regular church attendance every Sunday. When illness prevented Jack, and then Pat, from attending church they fell out of the habit. Lay Eucharistic Visitors Pat and John Berry brought church back to the Moores, and they developed a personal connection that changed their lives.
Jack: Pat & I came to live in Houston nearly 7 years ago. We always went to church regularly. Then I got sick, and we fell out of going to church because I just couldn’t do it. We went back, but then Pat got sick and we didn’t go to church for a long time. If you get out of the habit of doing something, it’s going to be hard to get back in it. We hadn’t had communion in a long time.
Pat: When (the Rev.) Jan Dantone left, I said, ‘Is there was anything I can do to help you since you’re leaving?’ She said, ‘There’s this incredible couple, the Moores, that I go and see. If you would start taking them communion and kind of ministering to them, I would really appreciate it.’ We came over the next week and met you and Pat.
Jack: You and John started bringing communion and it was great. It was very meaningful. We got in the habit of it again and now it’s become a real nice, meaningful habit.
Pat: You said, ‘I don’t want you to come on a Sunday, because that’s family time.’ I said, ‘What about if I bring my husband with me?’ I take notes during the sermon so you sometimes feel as if you’ve been to every single service. We bring all the literature and talk about what’s going on in the church.
Jack: You take the notes and kind of preach the sermon. Sometimes it’s hilarious! I really appreciate you taking every effort to come.
Pat: The sacrament of communion is the basis of our Episcopal faith. A real relationship has developed out of it. Communion’s the cornerstone, but we also pray, we share, we have fellowship. This incredible friendship and bond has developed. We’re supposed to come once a month, but we’d get confused about the dates. We come every Sunday and it’s the highlight of our week.
It’s hard to put words to the enormity of the relationship – how Christ puts people together. We’ve known Sarah and Jeff (McParland) for a long time, and now to know her parents just makes the relationship more wonderful. You’re always upbeat, positive, and happy. There is always such joy in our time together.
Jack: Oh, yes! Right now, you’re my good friends – you’re the only ones I see regularly. I don’t get out much. It’s hard for me to get around, get in and out of the car. It’s become more meaningful to me and I’d miss it if you didn’t come.
Pat: You love the Lord, you love your family, and you are one of the best friends God could ever bless a person with.
Jack: Thank you.
Jack Moore & Pat Berry, as told to Marilyn Gore
A Lay Eucharistic Visitor is a lay person licensed to share the consecrated sacrament with members of the congregation who are unable to be present at a Sunday eucharist or other celebration because of illness or infirmity. If you or a family member would like to be visited by a Lay Eucharistic Visitor, please contact the Rev. Louise Samuelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.