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.

If 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



Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 11:00 AM Mass

St. Mary’s Church, Crescent

86 Church Hill Road

Waterford, NY 12188

This 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.



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 Association

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.



Nutrition and Aging                                     Jean 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 offered. 


We ask that you pre-register for each of the sessions you wish to attend. Registration ensures availability of materials. 


To register, please email or call:


Jeanne Gracon                                     371-9632 ext. 11





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:


Rekindling Our Pastoral Care Ministries

by 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.