Ministers of Care
These are lay extraordinary ministers who visit the homebound and ill to distribute Holy Communion. Our extraordinary ministers have received training and are officially recognized by the Church as “another of Christ's faithful deputed.” In addition to Communion, ministers of care provide spiritual comfort and prayer.
How do I become a Minister of Care?
Special training is provided to help you develop the skills and confidence to be a source of comfort and support to those who are sick. The course is offered over five weeks at Presence Saint Benedict Home on Touhy in Niles and there is no cost to you. Each weekly session is two hours long and completion of the course qualifies you to receive the Archdiocesan mandate to bring Communion to the sick, homebound and hospitalized of our parish. To register for the next session, download, print and complete the form below and return it in to the parish office. To find out when the next scheduled course takes place, contact our office at 773.631.4127.
When a member of our parish reaches the end of their life, sympathies to a bereaved family are extended through our Bereavement Ministry. This ministry provides support to families in planning the Mass of the Resurrection for the deceased, and serve to bring Christ's light into a situation that is difficult and painful.
Another way the Bereavement Ministry reaches out to our parish is through the Mass of Hope and Healing. Each year this Mass is said for parents who have lost children, any age, through accident, illness, abortion, suicide and for children who are stillborn. If you will be attending this Mass we encourage you to bring pictures as they will be placed on a table and blessed during Mass. We know these situations are devastating and that the pain does not go away; this mass serves to help with the healing process.
Heartache to Healing
A faith-filled support group that helps those who have lost a spouse come to a place of comfort and peace. Members come together to celebrate life while moving through the pain and sorrow. Regular gatherings include socializing, guest speakers and discussions. All widows and widowers of the parish are welcome.
Promoting social awareness in affirming with the Church that we must respect and safeguard the precious gift of human life from natural conception to natural death. Activities which support their efforts include the Mothers' Day flower sale, baby bottle collection and Christmas Wreath sale.