Pastoral Care to the Sick and the homebound is a ministry of compassion (Latin for “suffer with”, or in English “to love together with”). Even more than the reflexive feeling of empathy, compassion triggers a responsive desire to alleviate the suffering of another. As Catholics, we seek healing and strength in the Eucharist in the context of our community of the faithful. Therefore, the ministry of Pastoral Care seeks to bring the Eucharist to those who cannot be with us for Mass, whether temporarily or ongoing.
Even in our comfortable Almaden neighborhood, suffering is present for those who are isolated by illness, injury or the effects of aging. And when we are suffering, we may know we ought to pray, but we cannot seem to do it on our own. Ministers of Pastoral Care are called to be a sign and a bridge, a compassionate presence in imitation of Jesus’ care of His people. The primary concern of the pastoral care minister is to show the sick how much Christ and his Church is concerned for them.
If you know of someone who is in need of visits at home or you feel a calling to become a Eucharistic Minister to the Homebound, sick or aging, please contact Leah Harris in the Pastoral Care Office at 408-997-5110. It is our hope that Holy Spirit parishioners will manifest faith and charity on behalf of our community for anyone seeking compassionate companionship.