If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care or support, and would like to speak with a priest, please contact our church office to schedule a meeting with our rector.
What is Pastoral Care?
Pastoral care means having a companion on the way: who will share with you in times of joy and sorrow; who can help you discern God’s will for you; who will pray with you and seek Christ with you; who will support your practice of the faith, your prayer, your life in Jesus. Pastoral care means being an active part of a community shaped by the love and grace of God.
Elements of pastoral care include spiritual counsel, direction, and conversation with a priest; praying with a priest or prayer minister; visitations from a priest or trained lay minister at home or in hospital during an illness or extended period away from physically attending Church (that visit may include Eucharist from the reserved sacrament or laying on of hands and anointing with healing oil); and the Sacrament of Confession. The Sacraments of Baptism and Marriage, as well as Funerals, are also part of our pastoral ministry at St. Elisabeth’s.