Pastoral Care Ministry
Pastoral Care is the unconditional caring response to meeting the spiritual needs of the lonely, the shut-in, the grieving, the imprisoned, the sick and the dying. Our volunteers bring Christ’s healing presence and comfort through listening, praying, and bringing of the Eucharist to those unable to attend Mass.
Diocesan Bereavement Education Program: Fall 2018
St. Michael’s will be hosting the Diocese of Calgary’s Bereavement Care Education Program this fall. This intensive, multi-session program will teach you the kills needed to effectively offer your presence and support in a caring way to those in your circle of influence going through a period of bereavement.
This certificate is a necessary component to be a part of the Parish Bereavement Team. Currently, the $50 course fee is waived for St. Michael’s parishioners. Please note that this is a two-part program happening on October 12-13 and 19-20 (Fridays from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
To register, call the Diocese at 403 218 5501.
St Michael’s Pastoral Care includes the following ministries:
- Funeral Services and Receptions
- Cedars Villa and Wentworth Manor & Court
- Grief Support
- Home Visits
- Healing Prayer
- 55+ Circle of Friends
- Amica – Mass is celebrated on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 3:30 pm at Amica at Aspenwoods.
- Funeral Services and Receptions – Volunteers provide assistance at funeral Masses by serving as Altar Servers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. In addition, volunteers are available to assist at receptions following funerals.
- Cedars Villa and Wentworth Manor & Court – Each week following the 9 a.m. Sunday Mass, a Liturgy of the Word with Communion is given by a volunteer family for residents at Cedars Villa. In addition, volunteers attend at Cedars Villa once a week on Wednesday mornings to assist at the weekly Mass and to visit with the residents. At Wentworth Court, a lay-led Communion Service is held on the 1st Wednesday of the month and Mass is celebrated on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. At Wentworth Manor, Mass is celebrated on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Families, including children, are encouraged to visit the shut-in as their visits bring joy, love, caring, and humor to the residents. They truly delight in your visit!
- Grief Support –The Grief Support Ministry offers companionship to those who have experienced loss. The grief support volunteer meets the individual who has suffered a loss on a one-to-one basis. They meet regularly, as mutually agreed upon, until the griever feels that he/she has accepted the loss and is able to live with the new reality. The volunteer also provides the griever with information and relevant resources during the journey. The grief journey includes prayer time for healing, with emphasis on visits to the Blessed Sacrament.
- Home Visits – Home visitors complete a formation program to become Extraordinary Ministers of Communion. They provide the Eucharist, support and a continuing contact with St. Michael’s Community for those unable to attend church.
- Healing Prayer – Healing Prayer Ministry is composed of a small number of people called to pray for members of the Body of Christ who request healing, usually spiritual, physical, emotional. A healing prayer service is also held every second Tuesday of the month immediately after the 7 p.m. Mass. For more info or to set an appointment, please call the parish office at 403-249-0423.
- 55+ Circle of Friends – This ministry hosts events for those aged 55 and over to come together and socialize. We have hosted an annual Christmas sing-a-long, an Octoberfest, St. Patrick’s Day Social, a fashion show, guest speakers and a trip to Stage West.