Pastoral Care is the way we, as a Catholic Parish, stand in faith and compassion beside one another along life’s journey . . . especially during times of transition, illness or loss.
Pastoral Care Ministry includes the following:
- Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
- Hospital/home parish
- Funeral Ministry – description, services, procedure Calling parish, planning, luncheon
- Communion to the Homebound/Care centers
- Quilts for the sick, Support Groups
- Grief, abuse, support
- Health and Wellness
Pastoral Staff Contact Information: MaryPat Potts
Befriender Ministry: These are compassionate, well-trained parishioners who are available to listen and be "present" in a caring, non-judgmental way to people in all kinds of difficult or transitional situations. Confidentiality is of utmost importance and strictly maintained.
Bereavement Ministry: Supports those who have lost a family member or a friend to death. Volunteer ministry opportunities include one to one support, serving on an advisory committee, helping to gather resources, assembling grief and loss literature packets for distribution, or serving as a support group facilitator.
Homebound Communion: In-home distribution of Communion is available for those unable to attend weekend liturgies due to illness or disability. Volunteer ministers are needed to distribute Communion and visit with homebound parishioners.
When a Family Member is Dying: We want to support you. Call the Parish Office at 651-698-5581 and we will connect you with Fr. Rodger or email Pastoral Care Minister, MaryPat Potts or call her at 651-789-3178.
Sacrament of the Dying: Formerly known as Last Rites, we now call the Sacrament of the Dying Viaticum, meaning “with you on the way.” Performed by a priest, it is the celebration of one’s final communion and offers nourishment for the journey into death and new life. Viaticum is best celebrated at the beginning of the dying process when family and friends can gather around the dying Christian in communion with them. While the dying process does not always lend itself to these guidelines, it is best to call the parish and make arrangements as early as possible so that family and friends can be gathered for the celebration.
Anointing of the Sick: If you are preparing for surgery or suffering with a serious illness, you are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to strengthen you and offer you community support. The anointing may take place in the chapel with family and friends present, during a community Mass, or individually. You may contact the office for more information.
Pastoral Care: The Pastoral Care Coordinator is here to connect you with community support and is also available to provide direct support during difficult.
Prayer Quilts may be requested by emailing Barb Burns here. We will get the word out to all Crafters and parishioners that prayers are needed. We will not mention specific names or circumstances. Prayers will be said, Barb will tie the quilt, Father Rodger will bless it and the requester may pick it up in the Parish Office during office hours.
“ When we live out a spirituality of drawing nearer to others and seeking their welfare, our hearts are opened wide to the Lord’s greatest and most beautiful gifts. Whenever we encounter another person in love, we learn something new about God.” EVANGELII GAUDIUM of the Holy Father Francis
Our lives and our faith grow, as we reach out to serve one another.
- Sometimes we need help.
- Sometimes we offer help.
In the give and take, we grow stronger as an individual and as a community.
There are many ways to serve at Guardian Angels, through offering or receiving help. Let us grow together!
Consider connecting with any of the Guardian Angels Ministries of Care and Support:
- Prayer Quilt Ministry
- BeFriender Ministry
- Grief Support
- Disability Awareness
We are gathering a handful of folks to begin this group no matter where you might live – via Zoom. Please contact MaryPat Potts (Pastoral Minister) for information, or 651-789-3178. I can also direct you to some existing support groups facilitated by a survivor of clergy abuse.