Ministers of Care
Ministers of Care are lay volunteers specially-trained to make weekly pastoral visits and offer Holy Communion to people who are homebound, in the hospital, or in a facility for long-term care or independent living. Even though the person visited cannot or does not want Holy Communion, the minister of care can offer prayers and active listening in a reflective conversation, always aware of Christ’s presence among them.
The Compassion Ministry includes volunteers who coordinate and serve receptions after funerals and memorials. They prepare the serving and dining tables, serve the food, and clean the kitchen and dining areas afterwards. They also maintain an adequate inventory of supplies for these receptions.
- Day of Remembering: Every year in November the Compassion Ministry plans a Day of Remembering for all those who have experienced the death of a loved one during the past year. A Memorial Book containing information about those to be remembered is placed in the Gathering Place of the church to be displayed during the month of November.
Opening Doors is a support group for those seeking peace and/or healing after a major traumatic experience such as a break-up in marriage, divorce, or loss of a loved one.
Spiritual direction is provided by a trained director who can schedule one-on-one meetings at times that are somewhat flexible.
John Paul II Study Group
John Paul II study group meets once a week to read and discuss books or other literary resources on a religious topic that challenges them to greater spiritual growth.
A parish library with books and audio-visuals is available for check-out as well as on-site reading and listening. Items are catalogued and placed on shelves in Dewey Decimal order; and a computerized print-out of title, subject, and author indexes is available to assist in the search of a particular book, DVD, or CD. Included in the inventory is a wide variety of religious and spiritual topics ranging from scripture to biographies and autobiographies. A small number of books and videos are in Spanish. Materials may be checked out according to procedures common in any other public library.
The book club meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by those in attendance. After the initial meeting a facilitator is selected from the group to lead the discussion the next month. Decisions about selections are based on their educational, spiritual, or artistic value.