Ministry of Care
Ministers of Care are called to Minister with the Sick:
- Administration of Communion to the sick from Pastoral Care of the Sick
In our gospels we proclaim a Lord who suffers with the suffering, who grieves with the grieving, who knows our isolation, our pain. Every Christian is called to the tasks of healing, comforting and companionship. But there are those people in our community with the special gifts who have felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit to give their gifts and talents in the name of our community and become the sacramental presence of Christ in our midst.
Who can be a Minister of Care and who do they minister to?
Ministers of Care are trained Eucharistic Ministers who take communion and the Sacred Word to Catholics within the boundaries of our Church who cannot, for various reasons, attend our Sunday worship. We also serve Catholic patients at the Arrowhead Hospital and the Place, an Alzheimer’s facility.
You might know some of these people. Perhaps you have worked for or visited a nursing home and have befriended a lonely elderly person who has lived there without visits from family or friends for years. Or perhaps you have overheard a conversation about someone very ill and bedridden leaving them to be dependent on outside help. Do you know parents who have a premature newborn who are exhausted from their nightly vigils? Perhaps you have a family member or friend suffering from a terminal illness.
These individuals and others who are in similarly painful or fearful situations are just ordinary people, but at the present they are living out extraordinary situations. They are in need of as much comfort and support as they are in need of medical attention. A Minister of Care can help make this happen.
A Minister of Care is gifted, he or she is prayerful, giving, and joyful. The basic skills of this ministry can best be summed up by the code:
Reliable: Be on time, be courteous, be reverent and solidly deliver what you say you promise. You will need to be trustworthy.
Creditable: Help people communicate with their inner selves, with God, with their families, with their parish community. Ministers of Care facilitate communication.
Attractive: Dress well, look presentable, smile, be willing to give of yourself.
Responsive: Try to help in ways that you are called upon to help. Be open to all the possibilities in your speech and in your manner. Even the twinkle in your eyes can be a form of responsiveness to others in need. Listen and respond: Communicate.
Other requirements are:
- anything that is required by the diocese of Phoenix
- three, two and a half hour training sessions
- willingness to commit to attend the monthly meeting that includes ongoing education and deepening of spirituality
St Thomas More is always in need of Ministers of Care. If you feel you could would like to learn more about this wonderful ministry or are interested in becoming an active Minister of Care, please email Shelly McBride or call 623-566-8222.