Care Ministry serves our parish community in several ways:
The Care Ministry Coordinator assists the priests to be connected to the home-bound and sick so they can receive the sacraments. The home-bound are those who are unable to attend Mass on Sundays due to handicap, illness or old age. We have approximately 80 parishioners who live in a variety of residential settings: private homes, community retirement homes, adult care homes, assisted living, and skilled care home. There are 12 volunteers currently serving in this ministry.
~Care Ministry Coordinator assists families with funeral planning.
~Two support groups are available: The "Good Grief Group" is a social support for folks who have lost a loved one. The meet every Tuesday at 100am-12:00pm in the parish center.
The Seven-Session Grief Support program is available in the Fall and Spring. This group meets usually on Tuesdays for 7 weeks. The group shares their stories and reflects on questions provided by the National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved. The seventh session is a prayer service presided by the pastor with a reception to follow.
~We have Memorial Masses to remember our deceased parishioners during May & November. Anointing of the Sick Masses in Lent & Advent.
Our Care Ministry Volunteers help in a variety of ways:
~Writing condolences to the sick and bereaved.
~Trained volunteers take Holy Communion to the home-bound.
~Help with the receptions after the Anointing of the Sick Mass and the Memorial Mass.
If you or someone you know is in need of support from us or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Barbara Dunlap, Care Ministry Coordinator at 503-654-5449.