Pastoral Care & Outreach

The ministry of pastoral care is a vital part of our life as a community of faith. As the Body of Christ, all members are important and needed, and what happens to one part, affects all of us as a whole. If one member suffers the loss of a loved one, we all share in mourning. If another member is sick and in the hospital, we all pray for their healing. And if anyone is not able to leave their home, we are not quite whole because of their absence in our life of worship.

We are repeatedly told in the Gospels to seek out the lost, visit the sick, the homebound and those imprisoned, feed the hungry and clothe the naked. Likewise, we are reminded by St. Teresa of Avila that “Christ has no body but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours, yours are the eyes with which he looks Compassion on this world, yours are the feet with which he walks to do good, yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.”

In doing the work of Christ, we encounter Christ.

Thus in our ministries of care to the sick, homebound and those in the nursing homes we seek out the lost and isolated of our community. Our presence reminds them that they are not alone, and that they are important to us as the Body of Christ.

Our ministries of outreach, to those within our faith community of St. Margaret Mary and beyond to our larger community, are very concretely the way in which we reveal Christ’s presence in the world; through our hands, feet, and hearts of compassion. The ways in which we do this are as varied and diverse as the people through whom God works. In looking at the list of committees under Service, it is evident that we are very blessed with many hearts and hands.

 

Service Coordinating Committee

Our Service Coordinating Committee coordinates various aspects of our Pastoral Care programs within the parish. We are organized within three separate, but overlapping areas of service by committees and subcommittees; Pastoral Care, Parish Life and Parish Outreach. The committees are listed below and your participation is always welcomed.  Please contact one of our chairpersons listed below to join us.

Chairpersons: Mary Olsen and Christy Durrett

Staff Contact: Denise Ruiz.

These pastoral ministries include:

Pastoral Care
HOPE (Help Our Parish Elderly)
Hospital Visitation
Marriage Enrichment
Nursing Home Communion Ministry
Prayer Blankets
Homebound Communion Ministry

Parish Life
Bereavement
Hospitality
Childcare
Coffee and Donuts
Community Chefs
Graphics Connection
Parish Refreshments
SCAT (Senior Citizens are Treasured)
Seniors
Social Events Committee
Wellness Ministry

Parish Outreach
Catholic Life Issues
Human Needs and Concerns
Refugee Resettlement Ministry
St. Joseph’s Orphan’s Picnic

 

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