Pastoral Care Ministry
If you have need of a pastoral care minister (someone to bring Holy Communion to a frail, sick or homebound individual, please call Pat Piano, pastoral associate, at the rectory: 860-232-8594.
Some background about who we are and what we do
The Pastoral Care Ministry of St. Timothy’s was started in 1989 with the encouragement and support of Fr. Cody and with training in pastoral skills by Rev. John Swift then Chaplin at Hartford Hospital. That formal training is no longer available but days of reflection and time spent with others in the ministry provide help, support and insight.
In 1990 the Pastoral Care Team wrote the first Candlelight Memorial Service for those suffering from the loss of a loved one. To this day, bereavement services are held annually at St. Timothy’s as an expression of our desire to help others in our community to heal.
Pastoral Care ministers are caring people who demonstrate the presence of Christ to others in need through active listening, reflection and prayerful support.
Pastoral Care ministers visit parishioners who are in the hospital, are shut-in either in their own homes or are living in one of the many continuing care/convalescent homes within St. Timothy’s parish boundaries.
Many Pastoral Care members are ministers of Holy Communion but that is not a requirement. Some visit homes and pray the rosary, others bring Eucharist and visit in individual rooms while still others conduct prayer services, all with the help of members of the team.
How do I become a Pastoral Care Minister?
While there is no formal training, days of reflection and time spent with others in the ministry provide help, support and insight.
Interested in knowing more, please contact Pat Piano, Pastoral Associate: 860-232-8594 firstname.lastname@example.org
How much time will it involve?
Your commitment to the pastoral care team ministry is varied depending upon your availability. Time commitment could be as little as a once a month visit to the hospital or as much as “adopting” a homebound parish member who would be visited weekly. There are two meetings each year for team enrichment and support.
How do I know I will make a good Pastoral Care Minister?
Pastoral Care Ministers are caring people who demonstrate the presence of Christ to others in need through active listening, reflection and prayerful support.