What is Pastoral Care?
The ministry of caring resides at the heart of the church’s life. At Holy Communion, pastoral care includes celebrating life’s joys and sharing life’s sorrows.
Pastoral care includes hospital visitation, counseling, and ministries of shared presence, listening, and support. Pastoral care is coordinated by the clergy and also includes parish ministries of laity who respond to human need.
In this brochure you will learn about the ways Holy Communion seeks to serve through the ministry of Pastoral Care.
You’ll find a copy of our Prayer list on the “Welcome Table” in the front entry of the church. If you’d like to add a name to the prayer list, let the office know.
Each Sunday that we have flowers on the altar, we also send flowers with a card from the clergy to two people on our pastoral care list. Sometimes these go to the homebound or the recently bereaved. Other times we use the flowers to mark important birthdays or other big events. If you would like to help deliver flowers and a card from the clergy, you can look on the tables in the lounge most Sundays for the small arrangement and the card with a name and address.
At Holy Communion, the clergy are committed to visiting anyone who lets us know they need a visit. If you end up in the hospital, or unable to get to church, please let us know. One of us is always “on call” and you can get the emergency number by listening to the message from our office line 314-721-7401.
Additionally, clergy make time to meet with folks one on one. We’re happy to talk, to offer informal spiritual direction, and prayer. We can also offer the service of “Reconciliation of a Penitent” (popularly known as “Confession”).
The clergy at Holy Communion also have a great network of referrals. We, ourselves, are not trained Social Workers or Therapists; but we do often make referrals to trusted colleagues for that kind of help.
Lay Eucharistic Ministry
Holy Communion has a team of trained lay Eucharistic Visitors to bring the sacrament of Eucharist to those who are hospitalized, homebound, or in nursing homes. Those engaged in this ministry are licensed by the bishop after completing special training. Lay Eucharistic Visitors ensure those who are homebound receive Communion once every four to six weeks.
Did you know there is a group of people ready to make dinner if you’re unable to cook for yourself for a period of time? Holy Communion members who are sick, recovering from surgery (or the birth of a child) or homebound are invited to get in touch with the parish office, and we will alert the coordinators and our meal volunteers. You can also get in touch if you’d like to help cook.
Occupying a new home can be a joyous occasion. The clergy are available to help sanctify your new home by offering a blessing on behalf of the church.
Thanksgiving for the Birth or Adoption of a Child
The clergy are always delighted to come to the hospital the day of or after childbirth, or to a home soon after an adoption, to offer a brief service of thanksgiving. It is particularly appropriate to include any siblings and close family members in this joyous occasion.
At Holy Communion we are committed to engagement in the community outside our walls. We gather from time to time around issues of justice for all of God’s people. We commit to reflect on the issues and our involvement in light of the Gospel, helping us to deepen our faith and to live it in all aspects of our lives.
Get in Touch
Contact a Member of the Clergy if you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care.
Any clergy member can connect you to the right ministry. We rely on you to let us know when you need a visit. Click here for the Clergy and Staff directory.
In case of emergency, call the parish office (314)-721-7401 and listen to the message for the phone number of the priest on call.
To get involved in pastoral ministries as a volunteer
Contact the Rev. Marc Smith: