Parish Based Pastoral Care Ministry
In our gospels we proclaim a Lord who suffers with the suffering, who grieves with the grieving, who knows our isolation, our pain. Every Christian is called to the tasks of healing, comforting and companionship. But there are people among us with special gifts. These people can give in the name of the church, in the name of Christ. They can become the sacramental presence of Christ in our midst.
A pastoral care minister is one who provides compassionate caring and a listening heart. They are a significant means of sharing in Christ’s healing powers with those who are hospitalized. This ministry is both a sign of hope and an intimate sharing of the good news.
We have at St. Martha a group of trained pastoral care ministers who are available to call on Catholic patients confined to the hospital. They serve to bring the compassion and communion of the church to the sick. They distribute the gifts of the Spirit to each person according to need. These ministers of care serve as representatives of St. Martha faith community.
They serve as a liaison to the parish priests and serve as a powerful witness to God’s presence. All visits are strictly confidential as are any conversations held within the visit. All of the pastoral care ministers are carefully trained volunteers with professional directions. They have undergone a course of study, background checks and made visits under supervision.
Parishioners wishing to avail themselves of this service have only to contact the parish office and request a visit. The request will be filled usually within 24 hours. For more information regarding this ministry, you may contact;
Sarah Clark 281.361.8832
Sheila Yepsen 281.358.5585