Teen Youth of Saint Hilarys

 Pastoral Care Team

Priest

The priest is the key resource for the entire team serving as the first contact of all parishioners seeking pastoral care.  

It is the duty of the priest to care for parishioners, however there are often many more parishioners in need of care than the priest can personally manage.  The then assembles a team to assist with the provision of care.

Deacon

The term deacon comes from the Greek word diákonos meaning servant or minister.

The role of deacon was developed in the early church primarily to minister to the physical needs of the members of the body of Christ.

Deacons must be well respected and have integrity. They must not be heavy drinkers or dishonest with money. They must be committed to the mystery of the faith now revealed and must live with a clear conscience. Before they are appointed as deacons, let them be closely examined. If they pass the test, then let them serve as deacons.

In the same way, their spouses must be respected and must not slander others. They must exercise self-control and be faithful in everything they do.

Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministry is grounded in Jesus’ command to love one another. 

Through one-to-one caring and confidential relationships, those who are hurting receive the love and care they need to support them.

Stephen Minsters are children of God who walks beside a hurting person, a caring Christian friend who really listens, and foremost they are lay persons who have received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care.

A Stephen Minister is NOT:

A counselor or a therapist

A problem solver

A casual visitor

What is Stephen Ministry for?

Help with Lonliness                                                  

Help with feelings of Separation after Divorce

Help with Grief                                                             

Help within the process of a Terminal illness

Help with person who is shut-n                                            

Stephen Ministers can help with most of life’s struggles

Loss of a spouse                                      

Retirement changes

Unemployment                                       

Despair

Childbirth                                                   

Hospitalization

Who Can Benefit?

Anyone going through difficult times who needs someone to care, listen, and share God’s love with them on a one-to-one confidential basis

Lay Eucharistic Ministers & Visitors

Eucharistic Minister

A Eucharistic Minister is a lay person authorized to administer the Consecrated Elements at a Celebration of Holy Eucharist.

All Eucharistic Ministers acts under the direction of a Deacon or member of the Clergy. 

Eucharistic Visitor

A Eucharistic Visitor is a lay person authorized to take the Consecrated Elements in a timely manner following a Celebration of Holy Eucharist to members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or infirmity, were unable to be present at the Celebration.

Authority of a Eucharistic Visitor

A Eucharistic Visitor acts under the direction of a Deacon or Member of the Clergy. Prior to licensing, the individual expecting to receive this license must complete Eucharistic Visitor Training conducted by their rector/priest-in-charge and complete the Diocese Safeguarding God’s People Training.