Pastoral Care derives it name and nature from the meaning of shepherd and suggests the work of the shepherd with the flock. That is why Canon Law speaks of Pastoral Care as a necessary service for parish life.
The Pastoral Care Ministry at SJA brings the church community to those who, in the short term, have become sick, have had a mishap, or have suffered a loss. They also assist in long term situations where parishioners are no longer able to attend, worship, and pray with our Church community on a regular basis.
Because of privacy laws, SJA parish is not notified if a parishioner is hospitalized, home bound or enters a health care facility. We must hear from the parishioner, family member, if someone wishes the support of our Pastoral Care Team. Please call the Parish office at 952- 445-1319.
Eucharistic Minister to the Homebound
Distribute Communion to those unable to attend Mass. Read short scripture passage and pray with recipient. The volunteer must provide his/her own transportation to the recipient’s residence. Participants must complete code of conduct, Vulnerable Adult training and background check as required by the Archdiocese.
Time Commitment: 1+ hours per month
Contact: Sister Antonice Delury, osf. Director of Pastoral Care,
952-445-1319 or email@example.com
Grief and Loss Support Group
Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel with something or someone you love is taken away. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief will be. Grieving is a personal and highly individual experience. How you grieve depends on many factors, including your personality and coping style, your life experience, your faith and the nature of the loss. Healing happens gradually; it can’t be forced or hurried—and there is no “normal” timetable for grieving. Groups meeting throughout the year. Contact Sister Antonice at 952-445-1319.
Hospital and Nursing Home Visits
Provide assistance by visiting and bringing Communion to members of the community to area care centers. Ability to maintain confidentiality is important. The volunteer must provide his/her own transportation to the care center. Participants must complete code of conduct, Vulnerable Adult training and background checks as required by the Archdiocese.
Time Commitment: 1-3 hours per month.
Contact: Sister Antonice Delury, osf. Director of Pastoral Care, 952-445-1319 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Prayer Chain is an opportunity to unite the parish community in prayer during times of need. Parishioners with prayer requests relating to death, illness or other crisis are encouraged to call. The requests are then given to the Prayer Chain group for prayer.
Contact: Irene Powers, Prayer Chain Coordinator, 952-445-1264