"I was ill and you cared for me"
What is Ministry of Care?
Ministers of Care bring communion, prayer, and compassion to the sick and homebound. We are commissioned by our Bishop through the Parish Pastor to be witnesses to the suffering of our members and to follow the Gospel message to care for those who cannot care for themselves.
Qualities of a Minister of Care to the Sick
Ministry of Care to the Sick is a service offered to people at vulnerable and painful times in their lives. The person who cares for the sick and shut-in needs to have specific qualities and gifts, including a listening presence, compassion and empathy, a non-judgmental mindset, confidentiality, commitment and follow-through, prayerfulness, a gentle demeanor and commitment to continuous training and spiritual development.
To Catholics, separation from Eucharist adds another dimension of pain to the “disease” of physical illness or weakness. Through the generosity of our Ministers of Care, our Eucharistic Lord is brought to parishioners in their home, nursing home or hospital.
Do you have fears about this ministry? Ministry of Care training will enhance the gifts you already have and prepare you to minister to those in need in a very special way. You will also receive support in doing it and will be able to reflect with others on what is helpful in working with the sick.
If you would like a Minister of Care to visit you or a loved one, or if you’d like to know more about becoming a Minister of Care please contact the parish office at 708-447-1020.
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