Parishioners in Need
This important ministry is comprised of volunteers who order food and prepare a luncheon following funerals at St. Francis of Assisi Church. This is an excellent way to provide support and fellowship to our parishioner families in their time of grief or loss. Training is provided and time commitment varies.
Those involved in Grief/TLC Ministry support parishioners who are experiencing loss. Grief ministers (TLC members) provide this support by visiting the grieving person, attending the funeral, and offering support as needed. Referrals to the BeFrienders are made, if necessary. Some background in grief ministry preferred. Occasional meetings are held and time commitment varies.
Ministry of Praise
Parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi Church who are unable to be active have a very important mission, offering their prayers to the benefit of members of the parish and the Church as a whole. The pastor commissions those who join the Ministry of Praise and sends bimonthly letters requesting prayers for the parish and the world.
Those unable to attend Mass or parish events are a part of our community. Visiting nursing homes and those in the hospitals is an opportunity to share the love of Christ. Mass or prayer service is offered at the neighboring nursing home twice a month, and attendance is welcome. Eucharistic Ministers are also commissioned to take communion to elderly and/or frail parishioners who are unable to attend Mass. Parishioners are visited by the pastor, deacon or lay Eucharistic Ministers on the first Friday of the month and by Ministers to the Homebound on Sundays. Training is provided.
Respite care gives temporary relief to caregivers while offering companionship to the care recipient by providing substitute care. A partnership with Elder Network enables volunteers to receive brief training (application, background check and 1.5 - 2 hours of training) and to provide respite (1 to 4 hours at a time) to caregivers in their home. Volunteer commitment of 2-4 hours a week is typical and a one-year commitment is appreciated.