O merciful Father, who hast taught us in thy holy Word that
thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men:
Look with pity upon the sorrows of thy servants for whom
our prayers are offered. Remember them, O Lord, in mercy,
nourish their souls with patience, comfort them with a sense of
thy goodness, lift up thy countenance upon them, and give
them peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
St. Margaret’s is a parish that cares, and rarely does that deep sense of family and belonging show itself more clearly than in times of need. Pastoral care, by definition, seeks to provide support to individuals and families in their pain, loss and anxiety, and their triumphs, joys and victories.
At St. Margaret’s, Pastoral Care occurs formally and informally. Much of who we are and how we care for one another happens because we are part of a community that cares and expresses compassion for one another. When a need is brought to the attention of the pastoral care committee, we are ready with resource teams to address that need. Resource teams include: Meals during illness, transportation, care to families with children, visitation, small repairs/home maintenance, and reception for funeral/weddings. We have a team of lay eucharistic visitors that are willing and available for home communion, companion visits, or hospital visitation. Care notes are sent to remind those members that are absent from our worship during time of illness, surgery or death in the family, that we are holding them in our prayers for healing and strength.
Pastoral Care is an ongoing, evolving ministry that seeks to further our church’s ability to provide in-reach to keep our members healthy in mind, body, and spirit. If you would like to serve in this important St. Margaret's ministry, please sign up by clicking the button below and becoming a volunteer.