Although our mission statement in found inside the bulletin each week, it bears reflecting on:
“Our Pastoral Care ministers strive to be the instrument of God’s healing presence and love to those who are sick and homebound” - Being God’s vessel to be poured out to others is a humbling experience. To be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ for others is not just a cliché it is a truth.
“...while encouraging a sense of community and connection to the body of Christ...” When we visit, we are bringing the community of the body of Christ to those who may feel disassociated with others both physically, emotionally or spiritually.
“...through pastoral visitation, Eucharist, presence, listening and healing prayer.” Our pastoral visits bring hope amid uncertainty, peace amid chaos and kindness amid brokenness or pain.
Yes, Pastoral Care is alive and well at St. Joseph’s and St. Paul's!
We have several pastoral care ministers to the sick and homebound. Some are visiting individuals in their homes, some minister to those in nursing homes while others bring communion to patients at Saratoga Hospital.
We have a family from our parish who does Dog Therapy at the Home of the Good Shepherd in Wilton and Saratoga Springs.
We also have volunteers sending out get well and sympathy cards as needed. Now, as part of the pastoral care ministry, we are in the process of establishing a Bereavement Ministry. We will begin sending out periodic mailings to the bereaved throughout the first year following the death of a loved one.We have most recently started a
Grief and Bereavement Support Group :
Our mission is to welcome all people to God's love as they are dealing with a loss in their life. In most cases it will be a loss of a loved one
through death. But support for any type of loss will be provided in a
sensitive, non-judgmental and supportive way.
The group will meet every last Monday of the month 6:30 to 7:30. In
St Joseph's rectory.
Pastoral Care Ministry plays a vital role in our community and I am
pleased to say that it is continually expanding and growing.