Care Ministry Mission Statement
As Care Ministers, following the example of Jesus, we reach out with meaningful support to all our brothers and sisters who are experiencing loss, illness, or isolation.
Understanding Care Ministry
Care Ministry means serving God by being prayerfully present to others who are hurting or who are in need of spiritual companionship. We follow in Jesus' footsteps as he cared for the sick, lonely, and suffering. We are "servant leaders" in that we lead by example of service. As children of God we are called to love, and by our baptism, we are called to serve others. As representatives of St. Jude the Apostle Parish, our Care Ministers become the extension of the parish worshiping community, bringing Jesus to those whom they serve.
Ministry is a two-way street. Care Ministers have shared that they benefit as much, or more, than the persons they are serving. It is true that the best way to receive love is to give love.
Care Ministers are specially trained to make pastoral visits to persons who are homebound, lonely, in nursing homes, or experiencing any kind of trauma or crisis, such as the loss of a loved one or a serious illness. They bring the presence of Jesus through their care and compassionate listening.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What does a Care Minister do?
A. Care Ministers visit persons who are sick, lonely, or suffering in some way. They care, listen, and offer a compassionate heart. They do not counsel or offer advice. The nature of the visit is determined by mutual agreement.
Q. How often does a Care Minister visit?
A. Up to one hour each week, or a mutually agreed upon schedule.
Q. How confidential are these visits?
A. Absolutely confidential. What is said during a visit stays with the Care Minister.
Q. Who does the Care Minister typically visit?
A. Persons who are grieving any kind of loss; persons who are in the hospital, a nursing home or homebound; anyone who needs a listening, compassionate ear.
Q. What kind of training does a Care Minister receive?
A. Initially, sixteen hours of training in listening and communication skills, and six scheduled enrichment sessions annually. These are usually in the form of monthly meetings, where Care Ministers come together to pray, share, and learn from each other's experiences.
Characteristics of a Care Minister
- Be sensitive to others, respecting their dignity
- Maintain healthy boundaries
- Listen objectively and compassionately without giving advice
- Be non-judgmental
- Trust God in the silence
- Maintain confidentiality
- Maintain a personal healthy lifestyle in mind, spirit, and body
- Be reliable, punctual, and responsible
- Make good judgments