Pastoral Care Is Anyone Among You Suffering? He Should Pray..." James 5:13

As invited by sacred scripture we believe that it is our mission to reach out to all…caring for the needs of one another! We try to meet the needs of all with many avenues of pastoral care: bereavement ministry, grief support groups, parish health ministry, and ministers to the homebound and nursing homes. In addition over the course of the year, we offer presentations by professionals on many different avenues of care for self and one another.

Meals From The Heart Coordinator(s)

Organize, maintain, and implement fellow parishioners committed to providing meals for families that are recovering from an illness/surgery, suffering a loss of a loved one, or other family hardship.

Gift of time, flexibility on short notice…sporadic time commitment.   Good organization skills and people skills. One time training/meeting with staff member.  Contact Rhonda Lomonaco if you have an interest in this ministry.

Health Ministry Team

Provides parishioners with information and opportunities to promote and learn about psychological, physical and emotional well-being.

Our goal is to provide parishioners with educational programs that promote wellness and the management of illness and disease. We also offer various health screenings and wellness opportunities like blood pressure screening, hearing screening, depression screening, flu shots and smoking cessation clinics.  Gift of time, occasional planning meetings and occasional time on projects as needed.  Qualifications include nurses and non-medical volunteers willing to help achieve the above.  Your training is your life experience.  Contact Rhonda Lomonaco if you have an interest in this ministry.

Funeral Luncheons

Funeral Luncheons are provided to our families who have lost a loved one. The luncheon takes place in Shepherds Hall or the Activity Center, depending on the number attending, following the Funeral Liturgy. This offers the family a time to laugh, cry, and celebrate their loved one’s life in a relaxed and comfortable setting, while sharing a meal together.

Funeral Luncheon Coordinator(s)

Facilitates all aspects of overseeing and coordinating the funeral luncheon and purchasing of supplies.

Reliable organized person/people with flexibility on short notice.  A few hours of prep work prior to funeral luncheon, set-up, the luncheon, and clean up.  One time meeting with staff person.  Contact Rhonda Lomonaco if you have an interest in this ministry.

Funeral Luncheon Serving Team

Set-up, serve, and/or clean up for funeral luncheon following funeral.

Men and women with flexibility on short notice. (Could team with other mothers with co-op on-site childcare.)  Gift of time, three to four hours.  Hands-on training from veterans.  Contact Rhonda Lomonaco if you have an interest in this ministry.

Funeral Luncheon Food Coordinator(s)

Organize and implement funeral luncheon food donors for each funeral luncheon.

Reliable organized person/people with flexibility on short notice.  A few hours prior to each funeral luncheon.  One time meeting with staff person.  Contact Rhonda Lomonaco if you have an interest in this ministry.

Funeral Luncheon Food

Provide prepared dishes upon request to be served at funeral luncheon.

Wash And Iron Funeral Luncheon Tablecloths

Washing and ironing of round tablecloths used for the funeral luncheons.  It helps if you enjoy ironing and this will take a few hours after each funeral.  Contact Rhonda Lomonaco if you have an interest in this ministry.

Friends Who Care

Visit parishioners who are homebound.

Caring adults or families with good listening skills and compassionate hearts.  Weekly or every other week to spend time with assigned person.  Initial training will occur at an appointed time with on-going enrichment sessions a couple times a year.  Contact Rhonda Lomonaco if you have an interest in this ministry.

Bereavement Ministry

Offers comfort and support to our bereaved or terminally ill persons/families in our parish by journeying with them through the grief process.

Qualifications include compassionate adults comfortable with death that can be open to all people and possess good listening skills. Also helps plan and implement sessions a couple times a year, including our All Souls celebration. Gift of time is one year follow-up per assignment with flexible time commitment. Initial training will occur at an appointed time with on-going enrichment sessions a couple times a year. Contact Rhonda Lomonaco if you have an interest in this ministry.