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Pastoral Care

The pastoral care of the faithful is overseen by the Pastoral Care Convenor in consultation with the clergy of the parish. While the clergy are responsible to the Bishop to make certain that such ministry happens, pastoral care is the ministry of the whole people of God. It occurs chiefly by way of the personal relationships that exist between and amongst the individual members of the parish caring for one another. The parish supports this shared ministry of care-giving through pastoral care leaders whose training and gifts have prepared them to offer leadership and assistance. Supports include:

Priestly Ministry

The clergy of the parish are available by prior appointment to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) to those who seek it. Clergy are also available for crisis ministry (hospitalization, deaths, other crises) upon invitation.

Home Communion

The parish extends God’s hospitality of the Eucharist to those who are unable to attend celebrations in the Church. Some of the Lay Pastoral Visitors have been licensed by the Bishop to take the Blessed Sacrament to those who are sick or shut-in or isolated. Clergy also participate in this ministry – especially during the Christmas and Easter seasons.

Lay Pastoral Visitors

A team of trained Lay Pastoral Visitors provides isolated members of the parish family with a ministry of presence and companionship on a regular basis. Training sessions are offered annually and Pastoral Visitors are licensed and commissioned by the Bishop for this key ministry. Visitors also covenant with the congregation in public worship to be admitted to this ministry.

Pastoral Prayer Chain

A team of parishioners offers daily intercessory prayer on specific occasions on behalf of those who request it during some crisis or emergency in their lives. In addition, prayers for those who seek healing, wholeness or comfort are also offered during Sunday Masses.

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