Through our Pastoral Care Ministry, volunteers visit the lonely, homebound, sick, injured, elderly, and dying, in hospitals, extended health care facilities, or at home. Lay pastoral care visitors can assist their pastors by helping to share Christ’s healing love and compassion with those in need—in their rawness and vulnerability—by offering friendship, encouragement, the ministry of presence, and, when requested, prayer, and Holy Communion.

Pastoral Training Outreach sessions to be offered on-line in the future: For several years the Diocese has offered training sessions for Pastoral Care Ministry volunteers who wish to visit the lonely, homebound, sick, injured, elderly, and dying, in hospitals, extended health care facilities, or at home. As we look to the future, and the opportunity to train more Lay Pastoral Care visitors to help share the message of Christ’s healing love and compassion with those in need, plans are being made to offer the training sessions on-line. The Diocesan Health Care Committee continues to explore ways to respond, support and minister to health care concerns of those in need. More details on the virtual sessions will follow in the weeks ahead.

WHAT IS 'PASTORAL CARE'?  

Pastoral Care communicates Christ’s healing love and compassion to all, especially those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit. “I was sick, and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:36). In each of the Gospels the healing ministry of Christ clearly illustrates compassion for those who are suffering and in need of the healing touch of Jesus, whether they are in hospitals, health care residences, or homebound. We also mirror social justice core values by offering human dignity, care for the poor, service, integrity, and by giving those we visit an experience that will strengthen their confidence in life and give them a reason to hope.

Lay pastoral care visitors can assist their pastors by helping to share Christ’s healing love and compassion with those in need—in their rawness and vulnerability—by offering friendship, encouragement, the ministry of presence, and, when requested, prayer, and Holy Communion.

May we allow ourselves to be surprised by God’s grace, especially when we visit the sick, the injured, and those who are facing death.

WHOM DO WE VISIT?  

Pastoral Care Outreach volunteers visit the lonely, homebound, sick, injured, elderly, and dying, in hospitals, extended health care facilities, or at home.

To request assistance from a Pastoral Care volunteer, please contact your parish office.

 

Moira King
Chair
Diocesan Health Care Committee

moiraking@shaw.ca

Fr. Sean Flynn
Hospital Chaplain

(250) 889-3761