Pastoral Care is the unconditional caring response to the sick and homebound, lonely, the dying and the bereaved. Pastoral Care Ministers are there to listen to the whole person; meet their spiritual needs, being respectful of their own religious beliefs and practice. Our ministry involves all Christians, priests, religious and the laity joined in prayer under the guidance of the Spirit serving Jesus in our sisters and brothers for the glory of the Father.
Pastoral Care ministers are sent forth on behalf of St. Mark’s Parish. We represent the love, prayers and support of St. Marks’s Community for those who are ill and are not able to come to the community celebration. Therefore, we link the community of St. Mark’s Church and parishioners who are ill. We are saying that we care about them and will support them with our prayers. The ministry team takes communion to those who are sick and they contact the priest if the person requests Reconciliation or the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.
Currently, we have fifteen members in our team. Our team has been visiting our parishioners for 7 years now. Two of our ministers are Pastoral Care Volunteers at Peter Lougheed Centre. We also visit 4 who are homebound. We feel fulfilled in our visitation when we see the eagerness and the joy in the expressions of the parishioners we visit. To prepare for this ministry, there are Pastoral, Palliative and Bereavement Education programs offered by the Health Care Apostolate, Diocese of Calgary.
If you like to be part of this ministry, or would like to have more information please call the parish Office at 403-273-2266.
If you have a family member or friend or know anyone in our parish who is not able to come to the church and would like a visit please contact the numbers above.
“He helps us in all our troubles, so that we are able to help those who have all kinds of troubles using the same help that we ourselves have received for GOS” 2 Corinthians 1:4