Pastoral Care

Ministry to the Sick and Homebound: Presentation Pastoral Care ministers regularly visit St. Luke’s East Hospital and local care centers. Due to patient privacy guidelines, the parish is not typically notified of parishioner admissions to hospitals or Care Centers. If you are hospitalized or placed in a care center, please have someone contact the Pastoral Care office, 251-1102.  We want to have the opportunity to visit you and offer spiritual care.

Anointing of the Sick: The Sacrament of the Sick is available to all who are sick, will soon undergo surgery, or are suffering the effects of aging. The sacrament is administered approximately every three months at local Care Centers and periodically at weekend Masses. The sacrament is also available at any time upon request. Anointing of the Sick is not the Last Rites for the dying but is meant to grant strength and healing to those who are coping with illness. Therefore, request for the sacrament should never be delayed until the point of death. Those who are approaching death receive viaticum— reception of the Eucharist for the final time.

Bereavement Ministry:  Our parish wishes to support all parishioners who experience the loss of a loved one. If you have a death in the family and the funeral is at Presentation Parish, a BeFriender Minister will offer two bereavement visits within the first two months after your loss. If the funeral is not at Presentation Parish, please contact the Pastoral Care Office so that we may offer prayers at Mass and publish a remembrance in our weekly bulletin. Bereavement visits are also available upon request.

Bereavement Letters: A group of caring, compassionate parish volunteer ministers send periodic letters of care for one year to parishioners whose loved one’s funeral was at Presentation Parish.

Mutual Self-help Grief Support Groups: Presentation Parish offers daytime and evening grief support groups in the fall and spring. Check the bulletin or call the Pastoral Care office for dates and times. Advance registration is required.

Mass of Remembrance: Presentation Parish offers a Mass of Remembrance around All Souls Day for parishioners who wish to commemorate their deceased loved ones. A candlelight procession honors the deceased.

BeFriender Ministry: Through one-on-one visits, BeFriender Ministers offer pastoral care by listening to the concerns of fellow parishioners when they are in times of special need such as job loss, the birth of a child, grieving, loneliness, divorce, or other trying situations. BeFriender Ministers participate in 24 hours of training as well as ongoing ministry reflection at the parish. If you would like to have a BeFriender Minister visit you or someone you know in our parish, please call the Pastoral Care office. Confidentiality is assured.

Companion Visitor Ministry: Companion Visitors provide a ministry of listening presence to persons in need of companionship. To request a Companion Visitor, call the Pastoral Care office, 251-1102.

Parish Prayer Request List: Parishioners who are ill, or who have a family member or friend who is ill, may request to have the person remembered on the Prayer Request list published in the weekly bulletin. Names remain on the Prayer Request list for two months but may be resubmitted upon request. Permission must be given by the individual before the name can be published. To add or remove a name from the Prayer Request list, contact the Pastoral Care office, 251-1102.

Prayer Chain Ministry: Requests for prayers may be submitted for the parish Prayer Chain ministry. Prayer Chain ministers will pass your prayer request from one to another via telephone or email. To place an intention on the Prayer Chain, or to volunteer as a Prayer Chain minister, call the Pastoral Care office, 251-1102.

Health and Wellness Ministry: This ministry promotes and encourages wholeness in mind, body and spirit. Some of the current  offerings include: Blood Pressure Screening: Registered Nurses provide free blood pressure checks after all Masses the first weekend of the month and the third Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. AED/CPR Training: Certification classes for Automated External  Defibrillator (AED) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) are offered on an ongoing basis as the need arises. If your parish organization does not have AED/CPR trained members, call the Pastoral Care office, 251-1102.
Support Group for Separated/Divorced: Presentation Parish offers a weekly support group for persons who are separated or divorced. The group meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Log House. The group provides a confidential, supportive environment and is led by a professionally-trained facilitator. Participants may come as frequently or seldom as preferred.
Transportation: Presentation Parish will arrange transportation to and from church or doctor’s appointments for those who need a ride. If you need transportation services, please contact the Pastoral Care office at 251-1102. In addition, Presentation Parish provides bus transportation through John Knox Village Transportation Services for John Knox Village residents for the 4:30 p.m. Saturday Mass and the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass, Holy Days of Obligation and also Ash Wednesday. For pick up locations and times, call JKV transportation at 347-2178.
Widows Group: The Presentation Widows Group meets monthly to provide opportunities for community, service and prayer. Activities include social outings, speakers, monthly luncheons, service opportunities and retreats.

For more information about Pastoral Care Ministry contact Marilyn Schmidt, Director of Pastoral Care, 816-251-1102 or e-mail: mschmidt@olpls.org