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 The Mission of Pastoral Care

 

We at St. Clement’s Church seek to foster the healing presence of God’s unconditional love to our parishioners and the community at large.  We create and support an atmosphere of hope and compassion as we respond to the needs of others.

 

“There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter.  We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering  and too much pain.  Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.”

– Mother Theresa

Grief in the Garden

Bereavement Ministry

The Arimathea Ministry– These parishioners, as representatives of St. Clement’s Parish bring community support and the healing presence of Jesus Christ to the relatives of the deceased both prior to and during the funeral mass. Throughout, they are able to convey their sympathy and the condolences of the parish family.

Family Support Teams – this is a group of volunteers, who in collaboration with the priest, the music ministry, and the  designated funeral home, meet with the family/friends of the deceased to provide support during this difficult time and assist in planning a proper and dignified funeral liturgy.

Funeral Assistance Teams – There are 4 groups of volunteer parishioners who  alternately set up for the funeral mass, participate on the altar and  provide any necessary additional support required.

Letters of Support– Through written correspondence we continue to provide parish community support, sympathy and comfort on a quarterly basis for one year following the death of a loved one.

Bereavement Support Group– We, at St. Clement’s Parish feel that the relatives and friends should not have to go through the grieving process alone . We want to walk with them through this most difficult experience. The Bereavement Support Group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month (excluding June, July and August) at 2pm. These are confidential, non-judgmental sessions, both group and individual. Approximately at the 6th month since the death of a loved one, the relative/friend of the deceased will receive an invitation to and a brochure about our support group. The bereavement team conducts a remembrance services at specific times during the calendar year.

Pastoral Care Ministers to the Homebound

Eucharistic Ministers – Arrangements are made to bring the presence of Jesus Christ through the Eucharist to those who are unable to come to mass both on a long term or short term basis.  In doing this we are bringing this sense of unity with the community as one body in Christ that is so vital to the wellbeing of the homebound person.

Pastoral Care Ministers provide Communion Services and Rosary Circles at various nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, senior apartments in the Saratoga area.

Pastoral Care Ministers to the Hospital

This ministry is coordinated here at St. Clement’s but involves all other p­­­­­arishes in the Saratoga area.  The Eucharistic minister will bring the healing, comforting and strengthening presence of Christ through the power of the Eucharist to all catholic patients in the hospital.  The ministers will be sent out in pairs and are assigned a particular day during each month.  This ministry is conducted Sunday through Saturday year-round.

Pastoral Care Ministers provide extra care to both the hospital and homebound during special times of the liturgical year Ministers bring ashes on Ash Wednesday and palms on Palm Sunday to the homebound, hospital & nursing home patients, etc…

*Specific training is required when volunteering in the above ministries.

Prayer Shawl Ministry –  This is a very active and productive group of knitters, crocheters and seamstresses. The truly unique aspect of their work is the prayerfulness that unites them in service.  They meet twice a month to pray and knit/crochet together.  They make prayer shawls, hats, mittens, layettes, baby/mother items for outreach,  baptismal bibs, confirmation stoles and knit pouches for pastoral care ministers to the hospital and more.  They also have several other ongoing community and international projects.

Health Ministry

This new ministry attends to mind, body and spirit through programming and activities that integrate faith and health. The success of the programs, thus far are a testament to our faith community’s desire to promote and maintain its physical, emotional and spiritual health and well-being.

Programs established or proposed for the year 2016 are:

Panel discussions on different aspects of aging.

The virtual journey “Following In The Footsteps of St. Paul”

Alzheimer’s Care Teams

Flu Vaccine Clinics, Health Fairs

Cooking /Healthy Eating Classes

Blood Drives and more…

► For more information on any item listed, please contact Becky Craig at the parish office or craig.e@ scpny.org.