A ministry of compassion
Please note: Out of concern for the safety, health, and lives of our parishioners, staff, volunteers and that of the general public, we are suspending all pastoral care visits until further notice. Please check back for further updates.
Pastoral Care to the Sick and the Homebound is a ministry of compassion, a responsive desire to alleviate the suffering of another. As Catholics, we seek healing and strength in the Eucharist every week in mass. The ministry of Pastoral Care seeks to bring the Eucharist to those who cannot be with us for worship, whether temporarily or ongoing.
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 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.
While Pastoral Care visits are still restricted from in-home visits, vaccinations and warmer weather will soon allow outdoor and safely-distanced visits. If you are in need of homebound visits or would like to join the team of trained Ministers of the Eucharist to the Homebound, please contact Fr. Edgar at email@example.com for more information.
At this time, family members can be trained to bring Communion home to their sick or frail family members after training.
It is our hope that Holy Spirit parishioners will manifest faith and charity on behalf of our community for anyone seeking compassionate companionship.
Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
Training to become a long term care ombudsman will begin again soon. An ombudsman is someone who is an advocate for people living in long term care such as skilled nursing facilities or residential care homes for the elderly. Ombudsmen are mandated by the federal Older Americans Act. There are several Holy Spirit parishioners who are currently ombudsmen and each indicates that it is a most rewarding endeavor. In Santa Clara County, the program is managed by Catholic Charities.
To determine if you might be interested, an orientation/overview of the program will be presented on Monday, January 29, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County located at 2625 Zanker Road, Suite 200, San Jose, CA 95134.
If you determine you are interested, the classes will begin on February 6 and will continue through March 8, 2018 with two classes per week. If you require further information, please contact Wanda Hale the Program Manager at 408-944-0567. If you would like to talk with any of the Holy Spirit parishioners who are ombudsmen, please contact Leah Harris at 408-997-5110.