Ministry to Home Bound

What then is care? The word ‘care’ finds its origin in the word “kara” which means: to lament, to mourn, to participate in suffering, to share in pain. To care is to cry out with those who are ill, confused, lonely, isolated and forgotten, and to recognize their pains in our own heart. To care is to enter into the world of those who are only touched by hostile hands, to listen attentively to those whose words are only heard by greedy ears and to speak gently with those who are used to harsh orders and impatient requests. To care is to be present to those who suffer and to stay present even when nothing can be done to change their situation. To care is to be compassionate and so to form a community of people honestly facing the painful reality of our finite existence. To care is the most human gesture, in which the courageous confession of our common brokenness does not lead to paralysis but to community.

–From Henri Nouwen in Care and the Elderly

Did you know...?

There are over 40 parishioners who visit local care centers in Eden Prairie, including Elim Shores, Friendship Village, Castle Ridge, The Colony, Summit Place, Dungarvin Homes, Pioneer Estates, and Brookdale. These volunteers bring communion, visit with the residents, push residents in wheelchairs to the communion services and Mass, and offer other assistance. We have a strong group of care ministers, but more help is needed.

Wondering how you can help?

Is this ministry of care and presence calling you? Call Mary Ann Callahan, 952-405-7227, or Jean Thoresen, Director of Pastoral Care, 952-405-7211, or, to find out how you can help, where help is needed, and what might best fit your schedule? Training specific to each care center is provided.

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