Outreach

Pastoral Care Ministries

Ministry of Consolation
Members seek to be of support to individuals who are working through the grieving process. A variety of services are available following the death of a loved one. Assistance in the planning of a liturgy, which could be done months or years in advance, can be done with the support of one of our Ministerial Staff. New volunteers are always welcome.

Catholics Returning Home
People leave the Church because of boredom, ignorance and misunderstanding of the basic beliefs of the Church, anger and hurt caused by the Church in some way, anger at God and a variety of other reasons. Relatively few people leave because of theological differences. Most non-practicing Catholics eventually want to return to the Church because of major life events such as family crisis, illness, marriage, births, deaths, job loss or success and many other reasons. As people begin to question the paradoxes of life, they begin to search for the stability and peace that only God can provide in a Church community.

Eucharistic Minister to Hospital/Homebound/Nursing Home
The Eucharistic Minister shares in the work of the Lord’s Spirit who makes of those gathered one bread, one body. Eucharistic ministers are an extension of the parish to those who are homebound, hospitalized or residents in a nursing home. This ministry is open to all confirmed members of the parish [high school through adult]. To be called from among the community, the Eucharistic minister must have an essential unity between their life inside and outside the liturgy. They are to show themselves to be generous and self-giving to family.

Parish Health Ministry
This ministry works to educate and help prevent health problems for individuals in the parish. Information is provided through the bulletin, as well as supplemental materials from organizations in our area. Monthly blood pressure screenings and semi-annual glucose and cholesterol screenings are provided. Membership is open to anyone interested and not limited to health care professionals.

Prayer Chain
The prayer chain is the spiritual alarm system which communicates and takes prayerful action on behalf of the needs of the parish family, our community and for global needs. This network of people are committed to prayer on behalf of others. The importance of the prayer chain is that it faithfully intercedes on behalf of others.

Saint Vincent de Paul
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. As a reflection of the whole family of God, Members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule. Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.

Catholic Charities Regional Agency provides service to people in need, advocates for justice in social structures and calls all of us to do the same.