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Pastoral Care & Special Needs

Bereavement Committee

Mission:

To offer support and meet the special needs of fellow parishioners who have experienced the death of an immediate family member.

Activities:

Cards and a letter are sent to the bereaved of our parish who have lost an immediate family member. Committee members follow up to make phone calls and/or visit the bereaved to offer prayers and support. The committee hosts the “Daytime Prayer Service” the first Sunday of November at 3pm annually. A votive candle is presented to each immediate family member who have lost someone in the last 12 months. The committee sends a Christmas card with a poem “My First Christmas in Heaven” on Dec. 1. The committee sends a first year anniversary card of the death. The committee meets bi-monthly on the second Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m. in St. Bonaventure Center to report on assignments. Programs and training for bereavement volunteers are provided throughout the year as needed.

Caring Hands Ministry

Mission:

To provide meals to parishioners who are experiencing a crisis within their family lives.

Activities:

Volunteers are needed to make and deliver a meal for a family within the parish when contacted.

Charities Committee

Mission:

To donate our time and talent to help bridge the needs of our community through various drives and activities.

Activities:

The Charities Committee sponsors four blood drives yearly for the American Red Cross. They also maintain food collection containers located in the entrances of the church. Donations are taken by the committee to St. Anthony Family Shelter for distribution to the needy. Fall and Holiday food drives are conducted at the school and church. The Charities Committee also sponsors the Lenten food drive. Donated items from all three food drives are delivered by committee members to Catholic Charities “Our Daily Bread” Food Pantry. “Summer Harvest” benefits a number of charities, including St. Anthony Family Shelter, Guadalupe Clinic, Gerard House, Birthline, Harbor House, Dear Neighbor Ministries, Center of Hope, A Better Choice, and Our Daily Bread Food Pantry. Committee members pick up bakery items donated by Dillon’s at 13th and Tyler every Tuesday and Thursday. The food is delivered to the Guadalupe Clinic/Food Pantry to benefit the working poor and unemployed.

Funeral Dinners

Mission:

To help ease the suffering of the bereaved.

Activities:

The Funeral Committee and volunteers serve a dinner to the family and friends of the deceased following the funeral of parish members. Volunteers from the parish that sign up during the Stewardship drive provide the desserts, salads, cakes, etc., for the meal. The chairperson arranges for the meat and potatoes.

Homebound Ministry

Mission:

To correspond and or visit with the sick, elderly or homebound of the parish.

Activities:

Ministry with Persons with Disabilities

Mission:

To welcome and support parishioners with physical, mental or sensory disability to full participation in parish life. In the process, persons with disabilities can give their spiritual gifts to all.

This is accomplished through: Affirmation-assuring that people with disabilities feel welcome and being sensitive to their needs. Communication-large print missalettes, assistive hearing devices for the celebration of the Eucharist, etc. Accessibility-bathrooms with wheelchair facilities, ramps, curb cuts, etc. Advocate for Supportive Services-support groups, respite care. Education-PSR

Activities:

Mourning Light Ministry

Mission:

To offer spiritual and emotional support for bereaved families who have experienced the death of their baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death.

Activities:

This ministry sends prayer cards to the families and offers support for their special needs at this time. Members plan an annual Memorial Service for families on December 28 (Feast of the Holy Innocents) with Rite of Blessing and blessed religious mementos for families. Twice yearly, a nine-week Miscarriage Bible Study Support Group is offered with a memorial service at the end. We welcome everyone to join this new ministry and offer help and share new ideas at our periodic meetings.

Parish Nurse Ministry

Parish Nurse Ministry began in the 1980's through the efforts of Rev. Dr. Granger Westberg. It is rooted in the belief that we care for self and others as an expression of God's love and that health care is part of the responsible stewardship of one's life. The American Nurses Association recognized it as a specialty practice in 2005 calling it Faith Community Nursing. It is defined as the specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as part of the process of promoting holistic health and preventing or minimizing illness in a faith community.

Parish Nurse Ministry came to our parish in 1993. It has evolved through the years according to the needs of the parish.

Mission:

To promote health and wellness of body, mind and spirit within our faith community through worship, education, and service.

Activities:

Meetings are held as needed and are announced in the weekly bulletin. Non-medical volunteers as well as those in the health professions are welcome.

Goals include:

  • Provide parishioners with health education and resources
    • Health education materials are provided in the pamphlet rack
    • Blood pressure screening and related education
    • Health and wellness programs
    • Assisting parishioners in accessing parish and community health resources
  • Serve the health care needs of fellow parishioners with parish resources and the expertise of parish nurse volunteers as available
    • Alzheimer's support group
    • Blood pressure screening
    • First Aid station for parish picnic
    • Respite care and other health services

Tobit's Ministry

The book of Tobias (also known as the Book of Tobit) tells of how Tobias would remove slain bodies from the street, carry them home until nightfall, then bury them in the dark of night despite criticism and threat of death because he "feared God more than man." (Tobit 2:3-9)

Mission:

To give respect to fellow parishioners who have recently died by our attendance at prayer and funeral services. As a comfort to the sorrowing by our presence and prayers.

Activities:

Attending rosaries and funerals of deceased parishioners. When a death occurs in our parish the information concerning the services is passed to the chairperson. A calling chain is used to notify each person of the dates, time and locations of the rosary and funeral. Members attend rosaries and funerals when they can.