Ministry of Care
“To give those who are ill, through our care, a reason to hope”
Our Pastoral Care Ministry serves the elderly and ill, particularly those who are confined to their home, a private care home, long-term care, hospital or hospice.
In addition, through GriefShare we provide help and encouragement after the death of a loved one, and through DivorceCare, we accompany those suffering the pain and trauma of separation or divorce.
We continue the work of Christ through the ADORE Prayer Ministry, the Prayer Shawl Ministry, the Funeral Ministry, the Bereavement Ministry, the Prayer Card Ministry and through the ongoing dedication of trained and commissioned Lay Pastoral Ministers and Lay Pastoral Visitors who provide Lay-led Liturgy and bring Holy Communion.
We embrace as part of our parish family, those who can no longer attend the parish Mass, and aim to make them know that they are loved by God. Our witness is to the dignity of life itself; showing that the Church loves, cares for and values the sacrifice of its members at the time of their greatest vulnerability. We likewise provide outreach to parishioners and their families in time of death, grief separation and divorce.
Our Invitation to Parishioners
Christ the King parish provides a unique opportunity to engage in ministry by encouraging our fellow parishioners to:
- be involved in Lay-led Liturgies at the long-term care facilities
- become a Lay Pastoral Visitor, bringing Holy Communion to isolated parishioners
- use your gift of music and speaking tp preside at the Liturgy, or provide a Gospel reflection
- join our Prayer Shawl Ministry or donate yarn
- help spread the news about our13 week Christ-centered DivorceCare and GriefShare sessions, offered yearly
Pastoral Lay Ministers and Visitors
From Sunday Lay Services in Parkside, Sunset and Elmview long-term care facilities, led by teams of commissioned pastoral lay ministers to visits by trained and commissioned Pastoral care visitors in private care homes, condos, apartments, private residences and hospitals, our Pastoral Care Ministry identifies and serves the needs of the sick and elderly, or parishioners who cannot join our parish community for Mass.
Sacrament of the Sick
Every year, about 280 Catholics receive the Sacrament of the Sick while in long-term care facilities, hospital, hospice or in their home.
Good Friday Service and Memorial Services
We facilitate yearly Good Friday Service at Parkside as well as Memorial Services upon request at Parkside and Sunset, usually 3 times yearly. Lay Pastoral Visitors bring weekly or bi-weekly Holy Communion to residents designated to their care.
Each long-term care facility has a Lay Pastoral Visitor designated especially for bedside visits, which includes ensuring that each resident’s space is decorated with a parish calendar, rosary, holy card and Pastoral Care contact information for staff and family members. Residents at home and in private care are additionally offered a Prayer Shawl.
Training of New Ministers – and ongoing training
Six sessions in the Ministry of Care is offered yearly, as well as ongoing opportunities for training and enrichment through seminars, workshops and the opportunity to observe other ministers. The Pastoral Care Coordinator keeps volunteers informed if there is something that may benefit their ministry and they are invited to specific formation/training opportunities. All volunteers need to complete the required protocol set out by the Regina Archdiocese and the Qu’appelle Health Region before they begin their ministry.
Dying Healed is a training seminar first offered in 2017 – 2018.
Commissioning of New Ministers – and yearly renewal of all Ministers
Commissioning of new ministers occurs yearly at the Compassionate Healer’s Mass. Existing Ministers are invited to have anointing of their hands at this special Mass.
Care of the Altars for Mass and Lay Services
Cleanliness of the altars, proper storage, care and upkeep of altar cloths, candles, song books and advent wreaths for use during Mass and Lay Services is important. Each facility has been outfitted with beautiful electric candles, and colored altar cloths for the various church seasons. Teams receive notification from the coordinator when the facility is on outbreak, which is regulated by the Qu’appelle Health Region.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Prayer Shawl knitters prayerfully knit prayer shawls yearly; each shawl has a tag that reads, “Made with Love by Christ the King Parish”. Prayer shawls are blessed at the Compassionate Healer’s Mass and made available to all parishioners to distribute to loved ones; anyone who could benefit from the warmth, blessings and caring prayer that these shawls represent. Lay Pastoral Visitors make them available to new residents who come into the private care homes where they serve.
If you would like to knit or crochet a prayer shawl, various patterns are available. Generally, the shawls should be 20" wide by 55-60" in length. From time to time we do have need of smaller shawls for children or babies, but the majority of shawls are going to adults and this recommended minimum size is the ideal. Donations of yarn are also graciously accepted.
If you know of someone who would benefit from the comfort of a prayer shawl whether it's a family member, friend, co-worker or neighbor, they are available at any time. Read all about the Prayer Shawl Ministry as featured on Archdiocese website here.
Rides to Church on Sunday
Christ the King Parish provides rides to Sunday Mass to help those who don't drive and who have no other way to get to Mass. The cost per rider is $10/Sunday. The taxi will take riders to Holy Mass and then back home afterwards.
Hand Crafted Prayer Card and Rosaries for Bedside Visits
School children preparing for their sacraments make inspirational and decorative cards for our visiting ministry. Teachers and youth ministers facilitate the making of colorful rosaries. Cards and rosaries were received with enthusiasm and gratefulness by those who receive them. Additionally, when placed on the walls in the homes and hospitals, they are a sign of our love for them; that God cares for them and that they are a valuable part of our parish community, particularly in their sacrifice of suffering. We ask them, when appropriate, to offer their prayers for the children who prepared them and for the needs of our Parish. On special occasions our ministry gift individually wrapped chocolates or Christmas oranges, which are also much appreciated.
Advent Bereavement Card Campaign
Although the parish acknowledges many parishioners with cards, particularly in times of grief, the Pastoral Care Ministry especially reaches out during Advent to those who have lost loved ones within the year – assuring them of our continued prayers and that their loved one “was much loved and never to be forgotten.” The outpouring of appreciation by those who received such cards has been truly touching. This contact also leads to follow up pastoral care visits to those still grieving, where necessary.
Identifying Needs Through Increased Visibility and Outreach
Pastoral Care has increased its visibility and availability by being present before and after weekday and weekend Mass, by circulating with parishioners on hospitality Sundays and by increased presence in the ministries office at the parish centre. In addition, the Ministry of Care increased its promotion through the weekly bulletin, Facebook, the updated webpage, the welcome booklet and the monthly church calendar.
“Comfort, O comfort my people, Says your God.” (Isaiah 40:1)
Here I am, Lord.
I seek your vision and strength.
I call upon your steadfast love.
For you are with me in my desire
To care for and comfort your people.
Open my eyes to see sorrow.
Open my ears to hear distress.
Open my heart to love patiently
Open my lips to speak kindly.
Walk with me Lord, and guide me.
Renew my spirit and bless my work.
Strengthen me to care for the ill.
Inspire me to see new horizons.
Fill my heart with hope.
You have heard my prayer.
Sandra Lucas - Humility of Mary Health Partners
The National Association of Catholic Chaplains
“Do not hesitate to visit the sick, because for such deeds you will be loved.” (Sirach 7:35)