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Pastoral Care Ministry

Ministers of Care

The Ministry of Care is about being connected to one another. The compassionate volunteers in this ministry visit the sick, elderly, handicapped and/or hospitalized, share in scripture and prayer, and tend to their sacramental needs. It is important to the parish to stay in touch with the sick and elderly and to minister to their spiritual needs even if this service is only needed for a short period of time.

Qualifications for ministers

Volunteers must be fully initiated in the Roman Catholic tradition and a member of St. Michael parish. Each person is trained on an individual basis to know how to respond to many of the different situations encountered through this type of ministry to the people of God. This ministry involves listening, being present to and being aware of the needs of others, as well as fostering growth in faith. Pastoral ministry emanates from the healing grace of God and the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.

What Ministers of Care do

Ministers of Care are commissioned by the pastor of each individual parish to take Eucharist to the homebound or hospitalized. One is taking the Body of Christ outside of the worship space and this is a great responsibility and privilege. It is the responsibility of the pastor to know the individuals and to give sanction to those who minister in this capacity. Each individual is trained according to the procedure within our parish of St. Michael the Archangel. As a group, the Ministers of Care meet quarterly for discussion, education, fellowship and prayer. See the bulletin for meeting dates, time and location.

For more information regarding this ministry, please call the parish nurse at 322-4504, ext 241. She can assist you in training to become a Minister of Care or in assuring you that you or your loved one will receive sacramental and spiritual care according to your needs

Download or view the Ministry Position Description pdf file

“I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.” — Phil 4:13