The people of Saint Brendan are moving into the Easter season with a new message series called “Bold Moves.” Each week, we’ll highlight a different step you can take to prepare for the bold move God wants you to make.
A bold move often is not possible without healing. As Father Roger said in his weekend message, “when we lack the power to trust, to forgive and to experience forgiveness, and to repair broken relationships, we cannot move forward.” Healing is essential to spiritual growth and greater discipleship.
The intimate community of friends at Saint Brendan Church provides a safe harbor for people to heal from life’s wounds. Here are a few ministries that you can get involved in to receive help or to help others experience healing.
1. Pastoral Visitation
Our ministry to the sick and homebound “is a special call and a very rewarding ministry,” said Director of Minister and Member Care, Sister Angela Furia. The minister reaches out to the elderly, sick, and suffering of the parish who are unable to attend Mass and brings the loving and consoling presence of Christ in the Eucharist. In offering Holy Communion and companionship, the minister represents the whole community of faith, reminding those who cannot be physically present that they are still remembered and honored by the parish.
2. Ministry of Consolation
Loss of a loved one through death can be overwhelming. We provide emotional and spiritual support in times of grief. A bereavement ministry representative welcomes guests and helps the family of the deceased to prepare for funeral services. Outreach ministers send cards with the parish’s condolences and prayers and follow up with telephone calls, so that family members will know they have not been forgotten. Members of the consolation ministry also pray for the deceased and the bereaved and organize an annual Memorial Mass.
3. Pastoral Counseling
In addition to other healing ministries, our priests and pastoral staff are available to provide emotional and spiritual support during difficult times. Our goal is to bring healing to those who are hurting from the storms of life.
4. Future Ministries
Currently in development are two additional ministries. Stephen Ministry equips and empowers trained lay caregivers to provide confidential, Christ-centered spiritual support to people who are hurting. In addition, our Adopt-a-Senior program will pair up a senior parishioner with a Saint Brendan School student, who will listen to and document the senior’s life story. “These seniors have lived full and productive lives,” said consolation ministry chair, Marlene Enderlein. “They have much to teach others if given the chance.”
Take a bold step in discipleship and get involved in a healing ministry. Or reach out to us if you need help at (415) 681-4225, or www.stbrendanparish.org/form--general-contact.
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