Weekly Stewardship Report: Pastoral Care Ministry
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up – James 15: 14-15
The Pastoral Care Ministry, led by Leah Harris, offers comfort to so many in so many beautiful ways that the next three Stewardship columns will be devoted to the various ways people serve. All ministers who have contact with the homebound or hospitalized have received the Diocesan Safe Environment training and screening prior to serving in any of these ministries.
More than 20 people take Communion to those who aren’t able to worship in community due to illness or other circumstances. These ministers are matched with people in need to carry the goodness of the Lord to their homes for the duration of their need. This becomes a time of true sharing and connection for the homebound and hospitalized.
Additionally, Father Joe celebrates Mass at local residential care homes once a month for any home that has at least one Catholic resident. Holy Spirit does not have a hospital within our boundaries and is therefore blessed to serve at several residential care homes that house a maximum of six individuals who are in need of continuous care. All are welcome to attend the Mass and this has proved to be a time of outreach to non-Catholics. The 20 Pastoral Care Ministers fill in the weeks without Mass by bringing communion to the Catholic residents.
A team of 16 spirit-filled prayer partners are dedicated to praying everyday for one or more people for whom specific prayer requests have been received. This is a particularly good ministry for those who are not able to serve in other ways with Holy Spirit due to physical or scheduling limitations.
Lastly, talented crafters filled with compassion and the love of knitting have been combined into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice of creating beautiful prayer shawls for those in need of comfort and prayer. The crafters infuse their prayers into the shawls as they are created, thereby gaining as much from their creation as those who receive the comforting shawl.
If you are called to serve in any ministry, contact Katie Metzger at 408-997-5115 or kmetzger@ dsj.org.