Having a baby; being hospitalized, going through unusual stress at work; marital or partnership difficulties; important life transitions. These are just a few situations in which a person may need companionship and care. The area of pastoral care in all its dimensions is a shared ministry of clergy and laity at St. Mary’s. Sometimes all we need is a coffee date to talk through what’s going on. Other times we may need a visit from a Eucharistic visitor or ordained person.
A pastoral volunteer offers a friendship that is intentionally seeking to “walk with you along your path”. Its focus is on emotional support and spiritual care. In challenging or demanding times such as a critical illness or other traumas in life, we may experience high stress, reducing our ability to cope. At these times, the help of others may be valuable. Family members and friends are often supports, but sometimes the presence of a person detached from the situation can be very helpful.
Please contact the church office if you would like a visit from a pastoral care volunteer or would like to join in this work.
This group meets monthly with an associate priest to share news about visits made to members of our church family.
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