Pastoral care, in any form, is the compassionate sharing of human warmth with another individual or family who for temporary or permanent reasons is in need of emotional, spiritual or physical care. It may mean extending the faith community’s loving presence to someone who is no longer able to gather with their faith community on a regular basis. It may be providing support to someone dealing with a tremendous loss in their life and who needs the strength of their faith community to sustain them through this time of grief.
There can be many reasons driving the need for pastoral care and the way in which visits occur can vary from casual conversation, to the running of errands, to bringing communion to someone unable to attend Mass, to the more involved commitment of a Stephen Minister, or possibly refering individuals and couples to professional marriage/family counseling services through Catholic Charities.
To learn more, select one of the following links:
Beginning Experience of Rochester NY… peer support for those who have suffered a loss through divorce, separation, death.