Pastoral Ministry

The Church reaches out to provide spiritual care of the frail, ill and dying through the sacraments, home visits, prayer and supportive presence. Please contact Deacon Mike Truman if you or a family member are unable to attend church due to illness so that we may arrange visits to you.

Institutions that we visit:
Union Hospital, Laurelwood, Calvert Manor, Sunbridge, numerous assisted living residences and personal care homes and senior citizen complexes in Elkton and North East, Maryland.

 

Sacraments available to persons unable to attend church due to illness:

  • Baptism is the first step in a life long journey of commitment and discipleship. Baptism is the church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God. Please contact the parish for Baptism of Non-Catholic persons with serious, life threatening illness or danger of death who desire to convert to Catholicism.
  • Eucharist or Communion is both a sacrifice and a meal. Catholics believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we are also nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.
  • Reconciliation, Penance or Confession has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God’s unconditional forgiveness and as a result are called to forgive others.
  • Anointing of the Sick, Extreme Unction, Last Rites is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also mental and spiritual sickness.

 

Lazarus Ministry
Volunteers are needed set up and clean up the church at the time of a funeral. Ministers of Hospitality greet guests to our church and serve as ushers during a funeral. Our parishioners bake cakes and make desserts for funeral luncheons when needed. Sympathy cards are sent on behalf of the parishioners and staff.

Telephone Reassurance
Phone calls are made to the homebound and their caregivers on a regular basis to provide encouragement and support in stressful times and to keep the homebound connected with the life of the parish.

Special Celebrations
Holy Souls Mass to remember the deceased of our parish and family members. We remember in a special way those parishioners and our family members who have died this year. All are welcome to attend the Mass. Once a year we celebrate the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick within a parish Sunday liturgy. We invite all those parishioners with serious illness to receive the Sacrament of the Sick for physical, emotional or spiritual illness.