Pastoral care is a ministry that serves and witnesses as the presence and compassion of Christ in times of need. Pastoral care describes the activities of ministers who are trained to respond to individuals and families with appropriate emotional support and concrete assistance and provide religious and spiritual guidance. Pastoral care is a theologically informed ministry grounded in Roman Catholic tradition and guided by a community of faith whose goals are to nurture and support people in need. Pastoral care provides healing, sustaining, guiding and reconciling support in times of crisis such as chronic illness or death and funeral planning and responds with care to individuals with issues around family or parenting, marriage preparation and the experience and support of senior citizens.
Ministry of Care and Support
Provides pastoral care to those who’ve experienced hardship. This ministry includes: the prayer network, anointing of the sick, parish visitors and support groups.
Ministry of Enrichment
Helps to broaden the understanding of pastoral ministry by offering relevant topics and programs of interest at each stage of life. This ministry includes: book study groups, PREPARE marriage preparation and ENRICH marriage enrichment and the Heart of the Matter Senior Seminar.
Ministry of Presence
Responds to individuals and families with appropriate emotional and spiritual support and provides assistance and spiritual guidance in times of need. This ministry includes bringing Communion to the homebound or hospitalized, and area nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Spiritual Direction and pastoral counseling and support is offered as well as funeral planning and grief counseling and support.
Ministry of Collaboration
Unites with community resources to offer a wide range of opportunities for growth and support in the Western suburban area. Support groups include West Suburban Grief Coalition, Caregiver Support Network, Transition groups, NAMI (mental illness) SAVE (suicide survivor support), AA/Al Anon/NA, AdvoCare(a domestic violence resource), Plymouth Senior Center, Store to Door, Catholic Senior Services, Inter Faith Outreach and Community Partners, and retreat facilities.