WHAT IS PASTORAL CARE?
Pastoral Care offers a friendship that seeks to “walk with you along your path” with emotional support and spiritual care. In other words we “Re-present” Christ to one another. Think in terms of the Journey to Emmaus. Pastoral Care givers offer protection, tend to emotional needs, strengthen the weak, encourage the weary, pray with the dying, and comfort the grieving. This work is done with the agreement of those in need and demands sensitivity and confidentiality.
Pastoral Care is based on an ancient model of emotional and spiritual support found in all cultures and traditions. Although many regard Pastoral Care as the the responsibility of ordained clergy, in small parishes such as St. Brendan’s, it is frequently done with the help of parishioners. Members of St. Brendan’s already practice this kind of Pastoral Care informally.
In my leadership role in the Pastoral Care Committee I plan to assembling a group to discuss and organize the Pastoral work of the parish in ways that best serve our members needs. My goal is to build on the natural instinct and regard we have given, by offering training for in-home and hospital visits in accordance with our Diocesan guidelines.
If you are interested in this work, watch the weekly newsletter, The Navigator, or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pastoral Care Committee is responsible for updating the Sunday Prayer List. Please look it over and if you have any ADDITIONS or SUBTRACTIONS, please contact me at 207.348.7745 or email@example.com
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Welcome readers to St. Brendan’s on-line parish discussion on FORGIVENESS. I want to start with a note of appreciation to The Rev. Edward Dufresne for providing the inspiration for this effort with his moving and informative sermon on Sunday, Sept 3, 2016. In the discussion on Dietrich Bonhoeffer following the service one of the questions Pastor Dufresne asked was:
“Do you feel you have the power to forgive in the name of Jesus?
I think that this is a most provocative way to begin our discussion.