Pastoral Care Ministry is modeled on the Gospels and Jesus' example of love and concern for the sick and those separated from their family, friends and community. Pastoral care ministers give personal witness to the presence of God in the church through the expression of their faith, hope and love in their outreach and visitation to the sick, the elderly , homebound and their caregivers. This ministry maintains the vital relationship between those being served and their parish community. The Diocesan Office of Pastoral Care supports the work of the parish and its volunteers by providing resources, training and consultation.
If you think you are being called to this ministry, please take time to speak to us as there is a great need for volunteers. No dedicated amount of time is too little.
you have family or know of any parishioners of Corpus Christi that are having
surgery, are shut-ins, are in nearby nursing homes or are absent from church
due to illness, please let us know! Our
volunteers can provide a card, a visit, prayer, communion and share scripture.
Please call Shirley & Rob Pilch at 877-8506 ext. 302
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 11:00 AM Mass
St. Mary’s Church, Crescent
86 Church Hill Road
Waterford, NY 12188
sacrament provides strength and peace to those who are experiencing illness,
advanced age, suffering of body, mind and/or spirit, or preparing for
surgery. We invite you to join with us
in this communal celebration. Following the Mass, light refreshments will be
served in the parish hall.
FALL PERSONAL ENRICHMENT SESSIONS
St. Mary’s, Crescent is hosting
three presentations on topics that affect us as we age. The sessions are open to all parishes and to
the public. All sessions will run for
approximately one hour. There is no cost
to attend the programs.
Know The 10
Signs – Early Detection Matters Alzheimer’s
Monday, October 17, 2016 11:00 AM
If you or someone you know
is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the
facts. Early detection of Alzheimer’s
disease gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies,
and plan for the future.
File of Life &
Safety Issues for Seniors Clifton Park
Halfmoon Emergency Corps
Monday, October 24, 2016 2:00 PM
The File of Life is a
personal medical home file that each of us should have prepared for emergency
home responders. Learn about the
instructions for using the File of Life and its benefits. Safety measures for both inside and outside
of our homes will also be covered.
Bottillo-Faulisi, Hannaford Dietitian
Friday, November 4, 2016 11:00 AM
Each of us needs a
balanced diet as we age and we need to be aware of the changes in our dietary
needs. The nutrients we need on a daily
basis are crucial to our health. Ideas for
healthy meals that can be simple yet appealing will be presented. Samples of healthy snacks will also be
We ask that you
pre-register for each of the sessions you wish to attend. Registration ensures
availability of materials.
To register, please email
Jeanne Gracon email@example.com 371-9632
A huge "Thank You" to Patricia Austin SSG USARMY for an informative, well presented training session on the knowledge and tools needed to keep our homes and families prepared in the event of a disaster. All participants received a wallet-sized "Z-Card" with emergency preparedness information. Congratulations to Angie Diacovo and Jeff Baker who were the winners of a NYS Disaster Preparedness "To Go" kit. For more information on emergency preparedness, visit: www.prepare.ny.gov
Rekindling Our Pastoral Care Ministries
Kathy Kavanaugh, Pastoral Care Coordinator for Christ the King, Westmere
“What has happened to our pastoral care
ministry?” Keeping a ministry vibrant is an art in and of itself. For most, it
all begins when coordinators first identify and recruit ministers who are truly
called to pastoral care. These ministers are almost always bringing joy,
encouragement, energy and an openness to any changes that will bring comfort to
the parishioners being visited without the need of personal recognition.
Faith-filled and joyful pastoral care ministers are often the best resources
for recruiting other like-minded parishioners to join. Perhaps the second most
important thing coordinators should consider is to always give credit to the
work of others, continually thanking them and letting them take the lead (with
our preparation, expectations and constant availability to immediately help
problem solve) as often as they can and would like. When any of us feel valued,
we will usually want to continue giving with enthusiasm. Most of us are excited
to learn new and interesting information (sometimes inspired by those that are
offered at Spring Enrichment and Autumn Diocesan Gathering) regarding our
“ministry.” Some suggestions might be: honing our active listening skills;
visiting those suffering from depression; praying with those who are dying or
family members who are left following a death; living in gratitude; believing
how God’s presence, protection and promise changes our lives; and understanding
purposeful suffering. Gathering after meetings or other times for socialization
is fun and builds camaraderie. It might be helpful to begin your calendar year
with a pot-luck supper where your Pastor or Parish Life Director would thank
everyone and someone would report on the year past and goals for the new year.
At Christ the King parish in Westmere, a minister creates an annual accounting
of our work for the year and our Pastor acknowledges that as he re-commissions
us at Mass during Pastoral Care Week. Submitting bulletin notices of gratitude
for jobs well done not only acknowledges fine work but it also inspires others,
similarly inclined, to want to join your ministry as well. Finally, gathering
at least yearly for an evening of reflection focusing on prayer helpful to your
ministry is very rewarding. A ministry of prayer is so powerful.
Jubilee Year of Mercy Visit the Sick “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25:35-36
"The Charity of the good knows no creed and is confined to no one place."
Saint Marianne Cope a Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, in Syracuse NY, was canonized Oct. 21, 2012. She was a woman who was faithful to obedience and embraced Christ’s command to serve Him while caring for your brothers and sisters who are sick and dying (Matt. 25). In 1883 Mother Marianne was superior general of her congregation and she and six sisters responded to the request from the bishop of the Sandwich Islands, Hawaii, for sisters to help care for the “poor, afflicted people … ” of the islands they served at the hospital at Kakaako which provided care to people believed to have Hansen’s disease (leprosy). She lived and ministered to people with Hansen’s disease for 35 years. St. Marianne died of natural causes on the Island of Hawaii on August 9, 1918, never returning to Syracuse, NY. St. Marianne Cope’s feast day is celebrated January 23.