Pastoral Care

We are to be aware of the pastoral needs of parishioners who may be homebound or in care facilities, as well as those who are ill, facing personal and interpersonal difficulties, or life changes. Although the parish pastoral team takes the lead on pastoral care activities, the Social Concerns Committee has an important role in ongoing assessment of pastoral needs and providing appropriate pastoral services that assist the pastoral team. Examples: visiting the sick and homebound and others in need, being good listeners, providing support or self-help groups, making referrals to helping resources, ensuring a hospitable welcome for all.

Care-Ministry_LogoCare Ministry (Care Ministry Coordinator Training teaches parish coordinators how to coordinate, supervise, and maintain a volunteer lay ministry leadership team)

Residential Facilities Pastoral Care Directory (Provides information on the parish pastoral care groups that help meet spiritual needs for persons in facilities)

bereavementBereavement Ministry (Educates and supports parishes and caregivers for the bereaved so that those grieving a loss through death may experience the healing comfort of God in their faith community)

corrections-ministryCorrectional Ministries (Provides a Catholic pastoral presence to incarcerated men and women in adult and juvenile facilities, their families, victims of crime and their families, and correction workers and their families)

Parish-nursesParish Nurses (Recruit, train, and support volunteers to enhance the holistic well-being of the parish by being stewards of parishioners’ health)

single-again-picSingle Again Support (Assists in the healing and recovery of the divorced and separated by providing information, resources, and support for those who are hurting because of a loss in their lives)

BeFriender-MinistryBeFriender Ministry (National, ecumenical organization that provides leadership training and program support for a listening ministry of lay pastoral care through the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.)

Stephen-MinistriesStephen Ministries (A national training system for parish volunteers for a caring ministry to individuals at transition times through Stephen Ministries in St. Louis, Mo.)