"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.

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.

 

WHAT IS THE DIOCESAN HEALTH CARE COMMITTEE?  

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, moiraking@shaw.ca.

 

SESSION 1: The Healing Ministry of Christ  

September 22, 2018
St. Peter's, Nanaimo
9 am – 3 pm
To register call (250) 753-3570 or email stpetersnanaimo@shaw.ca

February 9, 2019
St. Patrick's, Victoria
9 am – 3 pm
To register call (250) 592-7391 or email stpat190@telus.net.

 

SESSION TWO: Listening & Communication | Mental Health  

October 20, 2018
St. Peter's, Nanaimo
9 am – 3 pm
To register, call (250) 753-3570 or email stpetersnanaimo@shaw.ca

March 23, 2019
St. Patrick's, Victoria
9 am – 3 pm
To register, call (250) 592-7391 or email stpat190@telus.net

SESSION THREE: The Grieving Process | Ministering to Families  

April 14, 2018
St. Joseph the Worker, Victoria
9 am – 3 pm
To register, call (250) 479-7413 or email sjtwoffice@shaw.ca

 

January 19, 2019
St. Peter's, Nanaimo
9 am – 3 pm
To register, call (250) 753-3570 or email stpetersnanaimo@shaw.ca

April 27, 2019
St. Joseph the Worker, Victoria
9 am – 3 pm
To register, call (479-7413 or email stjwoffice@shaw.ca

SESSION FOUR: Who Am I As A Pastoral Care Worker?  

May 26, 2018
St. Joseph the Worker, Victoria
9 am – 3 pm
To register, call (250) 479-7413 or email sjtwoffice@shaw.ca 

February 23, 2019
St. Peter's, Nanaimo
9 am – 3 pm
To register, call (250) 753-3570 or email stpetersnanaimo@shaw.ca

May 25, 2019
St. Joseph the Worker, Victoria
9 am – 3 pm
To register, call (479-7413 or email stjwoffice@shaw.ca

Moira King
Chair
Diocesan Health Care Committee

moiraking@shaw.ca

Fr. Ian Stuart
Hospital Chaplain

(250) 889-3761