St. Joseph's Ministry of Care
Based on the healing ministry of Jesus, St. Joseph's Pastoral Care Ministry provides quality care to all individuals regardless of age, status, ethnic/racial origins, or creed. We offer support in time of questioning, transition, illness or crisis.
Our Pastoral Care Ministry consists of a team that includes a Director, Regional Pastoral Ministers and trained volunteer pastoral ministers. All trained volunteers provide effective, non-judgmental, confidential caring ministry. We work closely with the Pastor.
Need further help? www.christianrecoverycenter.org. They also have crisis resources.
Stephen Ministers are parishioners trained to provide one to one support during searching, illness or crisis. Stephen Ministers provide confidential, in depth caring. Please click the drop down box on the left for an informational brochure or contact the parish office for more information.
The video on PBS Web site gives a great overview of the Stephen Ministry Program. See more information below.
To request a Stephen Minister:
- Call the Parish Pastoral Team
- Arrange an informal interview with a pastoral staff member or Stephen Leader
- A connection will be made with a Stephen Minister
Stephen Ministry The PBS "Religion and Ethics" news show recently aired an eight-minute feature on Stephen Ministry that vividly describes the life-changing ministry happening in thousands of congregations.
Featured on PBS
View the Stephen Ministry feature on the PBS Web site, where you'll also find several bonus features--including a nine-minute interview with Stephen Ministries' founder and executive director, Kenneth C. Haugk.
To learn more about Stephen Ministries please click on the following link,
HOMEBOUND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
If you are homebound and would appreciate having communion brought to you, our homebound Communion Ministers would be available to bring the bread and Word to you. Your sharing in the body of Christ is important to the faith community.
Care Center/Nursing Home Visits
Please inform the Pastoral Team if you or a family member are required to go to a Care Center.
Parishioners who are ill and wish the prayer support of their community may call the pastoral office for that support. Your name or (by permission) the name of your loved one will be added to the Prayers of the Faithful and listed in the bulletin.
SUPPORT FOR RETURNING TROOPS
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FIRST FRIDAY LITURGY AND LUNCHEON
Retired Seniors gather each first Friday of the month. There is an informal gathering for individuals wishing to attend the 11AM liturgy and potluck luncheon. Groups wishing to stay and play cards after the luncheon are welcome to do so. There will be a special luncheon in March celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be a retired senior to attend.
Bus transportation for the homebound to the 10AM Sunday liturgy - Call the Pastoral Office.
Homebound bus transportation for First Friday Liturgy & Luncheon - Call the Pastoral Office.
A Grief Group can provide
* Information about the grieving process
* Caring and support from others who are also grieving
* Sharing of memories and feelings in a confidential setting
* For adults who have experienced the loss of loved ones
Individuals that are interested please contact the Parish Pastoral Office.
Our Grief Group is held Wednesdays. This group will meet weekly from 7-8:30pm through March. Registration is welcomed but not necessary.
HOSPITAL/ HOME/NURSING HOME VISITS
Please call the Parish Pastoral Office.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Prayer shawls have been used throughout the generations. Our ancient Israeli ancestors used prayer shawls to help them pray and to remind them of God's constant presence. Prayer shawls are given to individuals to remind them that God is with them every step of the way, everyday.
The gift of a Prayer Shawl can be given as...
||* A Prayer for a Friend
||* A Prayer for a New Life
||* A Prayer for Peace
||* A Prayer for a Loved One
||* A Prayer for Healing
||* A Prayer for Comfort
||* A Prayer for Love
||* A Prayer for Hope
An informal gathering of Prayer Shawl Ministers continually meets the third Wednesday of each month. The meeting is held at the Parish Center in Meeting Room 2 at 7pm (signs are posted). Individuals of all skill levels (beginners to the experts) who wish to knit or crochet prayer shawls are welcome. Training is offered to individuals who wish to learn how to knit or crochet. To find out more about this ministry and see various patterns and examples of prayer shawls click the following link,
Ministry opportunities are available in all the areas.
Please feel free to call any time. After office hours emergencies, such as critical emergencies or death, call the Parish Office at 763-544-3352. A pastoral team member will get back to you as soon as possible.