PASTORAL CARE TEAM
Volunteers share prayer and Holy Communion as well as a caring presence with those who are elderly or sick in their own homes or during their stay in the hospital or nursing facility. These pastoral visits—or simple notes expressing concern and encouragement—help maintain a vital relationship between those experiencing difficulty and our parish community. While the Parish Staff has the primary responsibility for caring for the spiritual and pastoral needs of parishioners, pastoral care is the work of the whole church community. Indeed, “it is especially fitting that all baptized Christians share in this ministry of mutual charity within the Body of Christ by doing all that they can to help the sick return to health, by showing love for the sick, and by celebrating the sacraments with them.” (Pastoral Care of the Sick, #33)
CLIFTON HEALTHCARE CENTER
St. Monica-St. George has responsibility for the pastoral care of the residents of Clifton Healthcare Center, a nearby nursing facility that provides services to those who are in need of physical or mental healthcare—especially those who are economically disadvantaged. Each week, volunteers from our parish go on Sunday mornings to lead a Word and Communion service at 10:00 am to about 20 residents in a large gathering space. Afterwards, volunteers visit residents who are unable to go to the service in their rooms for a brief pastoral visit, shared prayer and Communion. Training is available. Volunteers are welcome to lend their support by accompanying others in this challenging, yet worthwhile ministry!
FUNERAL/MEMORIAL SERVICE LITURGIES
The Pastoral Associate meets with the family of the deceased to plan the funeral or memorial service. Volunteers are often needed to serve as lectors or ministers of communion. Each year, families who held funeral/memorial service at our parish in the last year are invited to a special Mass of Remembrance on the first Sunday of November. The names of the deceased are read aloud and a family member is called forth to light a candle in the sanctuary in tribute to the deceased.
Parishioners who are interested in discerning God’s call in their life or strengthening their relationship with God by sharing their experience of the Spirit’s presence and activity within are invited to contact the parish office to discuss the possibility of ongoing spiritual direction with a member of the Pastoral Staff.
Team Contact Sheila Murphy