Ministry To the Homebound
Holy Spirit Church has a 50 year history of commitment to ministry to Almaden Catholics confined to their homes or hospital settings. Even in our comfortable neighborhood, suffering is present for those who are isolated by illness, injury or the effects of aging. Isolated individuals may feel misunderstood, rejected, or abandoned by the healthy world of which they were a part, even by those who love them, even God. They also often feel anxious about causing other people discomfort or inconvenience. And when we are suffering, we may know we ought to pray, but we cannot seem to do it. The isolated, most of all, are denied the healing benefits of worship with their Church community.
Ministers of Care, both the laity and the ordained, are called to be a sign and a bridge, a compassionate presence in imitation of Jesus’ care of His people. “Pastoral care is most fundamentally a relationship—a ministry of compassionate presence. This was Jesus’ caring stance toward all people, especially those who were hurting or in need.” (USCCB) The primary concern of the pastoral care minister is to show the sick how much Christ and his Church is concerned for them.
If you know one of our Pastoral Care Ministers to the Sick, please give them your genuine thanks and prayers for their dedication to representing our community’s love. Holy Spirit is currently seeking more caring individuals who feel called to share the love of Christ with the homebound, hospitalized and residents of senior housing. Scheduling is flexible and training and ongoing support will be provided. To find out more, contact Leah Harris in the Parish Office at 408-997-5110 or email@example.com.