"A little bit of tenderness could open up a horizon of hope."
~ Pope Francis
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.
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.
The Diocesan Health Care Committee is a participatory council with the Bishop, fostering and supporting pastoral care to pastors and parishes. Its role includes:
- Promotion of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ;
- Education on current health care and ethical issues;
- Help in strengthening pastoral health care ministry in Diocesan parishes including liaison with healthcare institutions, parishes and clergy.
Pastoral Care Outreach Training
Each session is open to all. For continuity, we recommend that participants attend all four sessions. Please bring a bag lunch to each session; coffee and tea will be provided. A Certificate of Completion is provided to those who attend all four sessions.
For more information, contact Moira King, Chair, Diocesan Health Care Committee, email@example.com.
- Bishop Gary Gordon's 2018 World Day of the Sick Letter
- Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth Ministry of Care and Companionship
- Access the right-hand sidebar for a webinar by Sr. Nuala Kenny MD, about 'Moral Distress'
- Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute (Dr. Moira McQueen, Toronto)