Pastoral care ministers serve and witness as the presence and compassion of Christ in times of need by responding to individuals and families with prayer, appropriate spiritual guidance and emotional support.

Pastoral ministry is grounded in Roman Catholic tradition and guided by the values of St. Bartholomew Faith Community whose goal is to nurture and support its members during life transitions such as: illness, death and funeral planning. Pastoral ministry also provides pastoral counseling and spiritual direction and maintains connections with parishioners by visiting hospitalized and homebound parishioners.

To learn how pastoral care can support you, see the following resource links or  contact: Christine Ducharme, Director of Pastoral Ministry: 952-473-6601 or

After-Hours Pastoral Care

For dire health situations requiring immediate response for the Sacrament of Anointing call 952-473-6601 and follow the prompts. Please Note: Hospitals have Priests on site and could provide a faster response in dire circumstances.

Resource: Prayers for the Dying

Be With Me, A Book of Prayers for the Dying, is a small book of prayers that offers hope and consolation for life’s final journey. To receive a copy of the book, contact: Christine Ducharme:, 952-473-6601.

Hospitalized or Homebound

Parish Visitors visit and bring communion to parishioners who are unable to attend Mass. Parish Visitors have completed extensive training and been given background checks. If you or someone you know would like a visit, contact: Christine Ducharme, Director of Pastoral Ministry:, 952-473-6601.

Volunteer Opportunity/Become a Parish Visitor

If you would like to receive training to become a Parish Visitor contact: or fill out this form.

Prayer Shawl

Prayer shawls are knit by members of St. Bartholomew and given as a symbol of God’s ever-present love. Parishioners who experience an illness or grief and loss are encouraged to receive a prayer shawl by contacting: Christine Ducharme,, 952-473-6601.

Want to donate to the Prayer Shawl ministry?  Donations of yarn or for purchasing yarn are gratefully received! 

The prayer shawl ministry meets on Sundays after the 10:30 AM Mass from September through Good Friday. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary. Yarn and needles are available at the meeting.