Pastoral Care is the unconditional caring response to the lonely, shut-ins, the sick and dying to meet their spiritual needs, being respectful of their own religious beliefs and practice. Our experienced volunteers are trained in the basic visiting skills for visiting in the health care facilities, nursing homes or even at home.

HealthCare-Hands-Logo“Suffering and illness have always been among the greatest problems that trouble the human spirit. Christians feel and experience pain as do all other people; yet their faith helps them to grasp more deeply the mystery of suffering and to bear their pain with greater courage. From Christ’s words they know that sickness has meaning and value for their own salvation and for the salvation of the world. They also know that Christ, who during his life often visited and healed the sick, loves them in their illness” (Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum, no. 1).

As a family of Christian disciples, we invite every parishioner to help share the mercy and love of Christ to all those who suffer in mind, body, or spirit. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” says the Lord Jesus (Matthew 11:28). Through Pastoral Care we reach out to those who are bereaved, sick, or suffering in our community.

Bringing Holy Communion to those unable to attend …

“The faithful who are ill are deprived of their rightful and accustomed place in the Eucharistic community. In bringing communion to them the minister of communion represents Christ and manifests faith and charity on behalf of the whole community toward those who cannot be present at the eucharist. For the sick the reception of communion is not only a privilege but also a sign of support and concern shown by the Christian community for its members who are ill.” (Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rite of Anointing and Viaticum, 73).

A team of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion distribute communion on a regular basis to those who are hospitalized, homebound, or reside in assisted living or skilled nursing facilities. The office can add your name to the list of those being visited.

Are you or a family member in the hospital?

Because of the privacy policies, often those visiting the hospitals do not find this out until long after you or your family member have left the hospital. It is important that you inform the hospital that you are Roman Catholic and would like to be visited by Pastoral Care at the time of registration. This will add you to the list of those in the hospital who have requested visits.

The current hospital policy allows our team to visit only those who have specifically requested a visit. Unless you do this, your name will not appear on the list. Letting us know that you are going into the hospital is also one way for us to check you are on the list and to visit with you, particularly if you are only there for one or two days.

In an emergency …

Call the office immediately! Our Pastor and Deacon can normally respond and attend to the hospital, care facility or your home quickly. The phone number is (613) 283-0220. You are never alone.

Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)