This program is designed to help the sick, elderly, or convalescent parishioner when they are least able to help themselves. This program is also there to share in the joy of new life. New mothers can often use an extra hand when they bring a baby home. Since recovery often depends on the support of others, this program can help when families are unavailable. In this way we can truly live out the commandment to “Love one another as I have loved you.”
The goals are to:
- Link various social concern/service ministries [HANDS, Funeral Luncheon Guild, Friendship Angels Visitation Ministry, Ministry to the Sick & Nursing Homes, Parish Nurse and Health & Wellness programs] through a central contact point so that we can continue to reach out and assist as many fellow parishioners as possible.
- Expand our communication efforts to let parishioners know that we are there to help them and so that each organization is aware of what services the parish has to offer and who to refer them to.
What we will be able to do (providing we get volunteer support):
- MEALS : Provide meals on a temporary basis for parishioners who have recently been hospitalized, had a new baby, or are adjusting to a medical situation.
- SHOPPING : Small grocery orders, pharmacy pick ups, necessary purchases.
- TRANSPORTATION : Taking people to doctor appointments, treatments, physical therapy.
- SUPPORT/PRAYER : Call or visit with someone in need of support, listening to fears or concerns; pray for someone in need.
- BREAK RELIEF : Offer breaks to caregivers of elderly, handicapped, or young children.
- LIGHT HOUSEKEEPING : Perform light housekeeping chores such as dusting, vacuuming, changing a bed or doing a load of laundry.
- SIMPLE HOME REPAIRS : Perform easy home repairs or maintenance type tasks.
- YARD TASKS : Perform yard chores such as leaf raking, snow shoveling, grass cutting.
- COMMUNION CALLS : Bring the Eucharist to people on a weekly basis.
- PRAYER SHAWLS : Prayer shawls are made to provide physical and spiritual comfort for people who are sick, homebound or in nursing homes. The recipients are prayed for as the shawls are made.
WHAT WE NEED PARISHIONERS TO DO:
- Tell us of someone who has any of the above needs.
- Volunteer to help out in one of the above mentioned areas – if we each do a little then we can reach out to many.
Please do not hesitate to contact Sharon Kaufman at 739-0230 voice mailbox #131 and leave a message regarding this ministry. We cannot help if we are not aware of the need.
Sharon Kaufman 314-739-0230 x131 firstname.lastname@example.org