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Pastoral Care Ministries
In keeping with the mission of our community "to bring alive the message of Christ" it is important that a connection with the church be kept alive. There are many ways this can occur, but the primary way is during the weekly Sunday Mass. Gathering as community to worship the Lord through prayer and song on a regular basis helps us to form more fully into the family of God. This helps us see the importance of looking out for each other's needs.
When it is not possible for you to keep connection with your faith community due to illness, age or some other reason, your church family would like to keep in touch with you. Please call the parish office and let us know what we can do to meet your needs. This may include desiring to receive the Sacraments like Eucharist, Anointing of the Sick or Confession. Other needs may include:
- Needing a friendly visit
- Coping with issues of grief due to a loss through death, divorce, termination from a job or loss of mobility, etc.
- Having a difficult time recuperating from a serious illness or surgery
Our Pastoral Care Team is ready to be of service, but we need to be made aware of your needs. This can occur through a phone call from you or from a family member, friend or neighbor who knows of your need and your desire to receive a call from your parish pastor or pastoral care team. Please call the parish office or email Robin Therese at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you enter a hospital (St. Mary, St. Vincent, Bellin or Aurora), or hospice (Unity Hospice, the Jack and Inky Meng Residence), you will be asked if it would be all right for the hospital to notify your parish. If you say yes, the hospital will notify your parish that you are in the hospital. If you say no, they will not notify your parish and we will be unable to visit you in the hospital. Your parish needs to know you are there and have your permission to visit in order to carry out its mission to "visit the sick."
If you are planning to go into a hospital for surgery or some other serious reason, it is proper and good to be anointed before you enter the hospital. The third Sunday of the month (odd months at St. Francis 9:00 am Mass, even months at St. Mary 10:00 am Mass) is a healing ministry where you can choose to be anointed. If you wish someone from the parish to journey with you during this time, it is good to let us know by calling the parish office and asking for someone from the Pastoral Care Team to contact you, or email Robin Therese at email@example.com.
If your hospital visit is more of an emergency nature and you are unable to ask for an anointing beforehand, tell the hospital you would like to be anointed. They have a list of on-call priests who will anoint you in the hospital. We can still visit and pray with you, with your permission. During a short stay in the hospital, we may not be able to visit before you are discharged. If we know about your visit, we will call you at home to see how you are doing.
If for some reason, you have not received a visit from our pastoral staff and you feel you should have received one, please call the parish office and request a visit, or email Robin Therese at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sometimes you may have requested that your parish be notified and for some reason we were not notified.
Nursing Home, Assisted Living & Homebound Ministry
Ministry with those who reside in nursing homes or assisted living homes or the homebound consists of a variety of pastoral care ministries. Visits from our Pastoral Care Team, volunteer Care Ministers, or those who bring communion are all possibilities. In addition, we have a monthly cheer card ministry for those on our pastoral visitation list. If you or a loved one from our parish would like to be visited, please contact our parish office or email Robin Therese at email@example.com.
Volunteers are always welcome who wish to help the parish carry out its mission to visit those in need. Training and a background check are provided. Please call the parish office if you are interested or email Robin Therese at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for considering service to your parish family.
If you are looking for a health care facility such as a nursing home or assisted living facility that provides services such as Mass, prayer services with communion, or anointing of the sick through local parishes, click the link provided to browse facilities in our 16 county Green Bay Diocese.
Link to Diocesan-Wide Facilities List
http://www.gbdioc.org/stewardship-and-pastoral-services/pastoral-ministrycare-ministry/care-ministry.html (Scroll down to "Residential Facilities Pastoral Care Directory)
Communion To the Sick and Homebound Ministry
Providing the opportunity for the homebound and those in nursing homes and other health-care institutions to receive Holy Communion frequently is an important pastoral responsibility. The link between the community's Sunday Eucharist celebration and the communion for the sick is intimate and significant. Training as an extraordinary Eucharistic minister is required as well as special training in ministering to the sick and homebound. The diocese requires a Virtus session and a background check as part of their Protecting God's Children program for the safety of children and vulnerable adults.
Volunteers are always welcome who wish to help the parish carry out its mission to bring the Eucharist to the homebound and other health-care institutions. Please call the parish office or email Robin Therese at email@example.com for more information. Thank you for considering service to your parish family.
Angel's Touch Ministry
Angel's Touch is a local CBRF assisted living facility where we provide Mass or Prayer Services with Holy Communion to the local residents. Currently there are five buildings in two separate locations where we are providing services. Volunteers for this ministry have found it to be very rewarding and the residents have been very appreciative of their efforts.
Volunteers are always welcome who wish to help the parish carry out its mission to bring the Eucharist to the homebound and other health-care institutions. Training as an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister, special training in ministering to the sick and homebound, some comfort level with the scriptures, prayer and training in the rite are provided. A Virtus session and background check are also provided. The Virtus and background check are required by the diocese and are part of the Protecting God's Children program for the safety of children and vulnerable adults. If you wish to volunteer for this ministry or desire more information, please call the parish office or email Robin Therese at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for considering service to your parish family.
Cheer Card Ministry
Bringing hope and joy into the lives of parishioners who are homebound, in nursing homes or assisted living facilities is the mission of the monthly cheer card ministry. Currently volunteers help prepare the cheer cards for mailing to those on our pastoral visitation list. Confidentiality is important to this ministry. Those who have gifts in creating messages for the cards are also welcome. If you are interested in this ministry, please call the parish office or email Robin Therese at email@example.com. Thank you for considering service to your parish family.
Wings Single Again Ministry - a Green Bay and Fox Cities Area Group
Time does not heal all wounds...it's the work you do during that time that helps the healing process. Wings Single Again Ministry offers a support group for those wanting to heal through sharing. Support facilitators are present to guide the group in discussion, but they do not take the place of professional counseling. This is an opportunity to get connected with people going through similar experiences. Learn to share and let go of the emotional issues associated with divorce and separation. This ministry offers both a Newly Hurting Support Group for those experiencing the initial pain and confusion of divorce. A safe and confidential environment for up to ten people to support each other as they begin to work through the process of divorce and separation is offered about four times a year for 8 sessions each. All are welcome in the Wings Open Group that meets every third Monday of the month from 6:45 - 8:30 p.m. Safe social events are planned throughout the year and enrichment programs are offered to aid in the healing and growth process. Ongoing support and study groups gather weekly or monthly to gain a closer relationship with God and in developing our individual spirituality. Our roots and foundation are formed in the Catholic tradition, but we are open and welcoming to people of all faith traditions. For more information contact:
Green Bay Area:
Jeanne (920) 468-8752
Gloria (920) 360-2752
Fox Valley Area:
Pam Mullins (920) 739-0331
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a special way to reach out with love and care to others who are hurting, to comfort those in need of healing, to console those who are grieving, to bring hope to those in despair or in transition, or to provide for someone in need. As the garment is created, the recipient is known only to God as the crafter works and prays.
The creation of a prayer shawl is a blessing for not only the recipient but also the crafter. The repetitive action of knitting or crocheting helps us to slow down our racing minds and the frantic pace of our day. It provides an opportunity for contemplation and a sense of stillness in our lives. Once the pattern's directions become a part of us, time seems to shift and distractions drift away.
Into the stillness, God can enter in and begin to help us connect with the various people who are ill, grieving, or walking a difficult road. We then pray and ask God to wrap the recipient in compassionate love. While praying for someone we do not know is a different experience than intercessory prayers offered for a specific individual, praying for a stranger helps us to learn to trust the truth that God works through us when we care for friends and strangers alike.
We welcome you to join us in this ministry; we meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month: 1:00-2:00 pm at St. Francis Xavier Parish office or 6:30-7:30 pm at St. Mary's. For more information, contact the parish office at 920-336-1813.