What is pastoral care?

Simply put, pastoral care is being there for others as a loving presence when being alone hurts. God’s love is not an abstract idea or concept—it is very real and tangible. God’s love first took flesh in Jesus. Now that love takes flesh when we, Christ’s disciples, reach out to those in need. We believe the Holy Spirit weaves us together in community. The fabric of community extends far beyond the people who can get to church on a Sunday morning. Community includes those in the hospital or other care facilities, those unable to get to Mass and those feeling especially alone because of grief. Pastoral care is the way a Christian community reaches beyond the walls of the church.

Pastoral Care Team
Peggy O'Neil Midgley
pomidgley@yahoo.com
585-383-8879
Provides oversight and support to all Pastoral Care Ministries.
Time Commitment: 4 team meetings per year; engage in hands-on ministry at level of your choice.

Visitation of the Sick
Catherine Malik
Catherine.Malik@dor.org
585-586-5675
Parishioners make pastoral visits to the sick, hospitalized, nursing facilities and shut-ins. In this ministry visitors bring the Eucharist, pray with and visit with those in need.
Time Commitment: As often as you are available.

Visitation Ministry to Shut-ins
Catherine Malik
Catherine.Malik@dor.org
585-586-5675

Of Residential Facilities
The Eucharist is brought to our parishioners or family members who are residents in local nursing facilities or assisted living facilities. The resident or immediate family member must request the visit by calling the ministry center at 586-5675. Training is provided for this ministry. There are three opportunities to volunteer in this ministry:
• Visit individual residents
• Preside at Sunday Communion services at a facility
• Assist at monthly Mass with clergy

Of Private Homes
Many parishioners are no longer able to attend Mass, but still wish to receive the Eucharist on a weekly basis. Volunteers are connected with those residents to set up a time convenient for both so that the Eucharist can be shared in the home with prayer. Training is provided to volunteers in this ministry.

Bereavement Group
Kirsten Redfield
keredfield@gmail.com
585-278-5001
A ministry to those who have lost a loved one. Ministers stay in contact with a family or individual during the first year following the death by: sending cards, phone calls, and other services. We also provide referrals to other services as needed and requested.
Time Commitment: Flexible.

Presider of Communion Services
Catherine Malik
Catherine.Malik@dor.org
585-586-5675
Become part of a team that leads weekly Communion services at local nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Time Commitment: Flexible

Prayer Ministry
Catherine Malik
Catherine.Malik@dor.org
585-586-5675
Join in a prayer network that quietly holds up the needs of St. Louis Church and its parishioners in spirit.
Time Commitment: Flexible

Telephone Ministry
Catherine Malik
Catherine.Malik@dor.org
585-586-5675
Ministers reach out to shut-ins by phone to keep parishioners connected in spirit when they can no longer join us in person.
Time Commitment: Flexible

Elizabeth Ministry
Catherine Malik
Catherine.Malik@dor.org
585-586-5675
These ministers augment the diocesan chapter that supports those who have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death.
Time Commitment: Flexible

Pastoral Care Programs
Sunshine Luncheon
Welcomes 150+ guests from area nursing homes and assisted-living centers. Guests are provided with a delicious meal, socialization and entertainment. This annual luncheon, a beautiful expression of community, is held in May.

Red Cross Blood Drive
Each year on Good Friday, St. Louis hosts a Blood Drive by the American Red Cross. St. Louis volunteers provide assistance at the hospitality table.

Bistro Nights
A monthly gathering open to all parishioners including a gourmet dinner and light-hearted activity or entertainment.

Blue Mass
A special Mass program and reception held during Advent for those experiencing difficulty during the holiday preparations for Christmas. Spiritual support for losses of any kind – due to death of a loved one, job loss or relationship loss, etc.

Please fill out this form if you would like to get involved in pastoral care.
Pastoral Care Form