Pastoral Care

The Pastoral Care Ministries provide a spiritual presence to the elderly, homebound, hospitalized, and residents of local nursing homes and adult care centers, and keeps them connected with our parish family. We also provide support resources for caregivers. Please call our Parish Office if you or a family member would like to have someone visit you or a family member.

If you are a parishioner in need, know of someone who would benefit from one of our Pastoral Care ministries, or would like to volunteer, we encourage you to contact the chairperson of that ministry so that they can follow up with you and share information about that ministry.

Please click on the following ministries, which will take you to their description below.

Bereavement Breakfast
Caregivers Prayer Group
Communion Ministers to the Sick and Homebound
Divorced/Separated Ministry
Friendly Visitors or Callers
Funeral Mass Booklet
Grief & Loss Bereavement Ministry
Parish Nursing Ministry
Prayer Chain Requests
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Bereavement Breakfast

The Bereavement Breakfast ministry offers breakfast/brunch to the family and friends of deceased parishioners. These meals are prepared by volunteers and are served in the Gathering Rooms following the funeral. Interested families should inquire about this service when making funeral arrangements.

Ministry Contact: Ann Pusateri, 741-2998

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Caregivers Prayer Group

The purpose of this Ministry is to give and receive hope through prayer and help through love, in a faith-centered environment. It provides love, support, friendship, prayer, hope and consolation. For caregivers, this is an opportunity to pray and share with others in similar circumstances. If you have been a caregiver, this is an opportunity for you to offer your insights and join in prayer. Check the parish weekly Bulletin for our next meeting.

2016-2017 Meetings

All meetings are held in Ministry Center Room 1

November 22, January 24, February 28, March 28, April 25, May 23, June 27

Ministry Contact: Melissa Byron RN, FCN, 688-5678, mbyron@stgregs.org

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Communion Ministers to the Sick and Homebound

These Ministers bring the Eucharist to the homebound on Sundays. As a parish family, we are concerned about one another. This ministry keeps those who cannot attend our liturgies connected with us. Ministers are organized in teams and serve once a month. Training sessions are held as needed. Please be sure to call us if you or a family member are homebound and would like to receive the Eucharist on Sundays.

Ministry Contact: Catie Wagner, 688-5678, cwagner@stgregs.org

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Divorced/Separated Ministry

We offer various means of support for those going through the pain of separation and divorce, including workshops, guidance through the annulment process, and support/discussion groups. Our hope is that those who are struggling with this life situation will know that they are welcome in our parish, and will find hope and strength through the support of our parish family.

We are aware that there is a great deal of misinformation circulating regarding whether or not divorced and separated Catholics can attend Mass or receive Holy Communion. We have issued a document to clarify any of these misunderstandings. 

We encourage you to please click on the link below for clarity regarding where Separated and Divorced Catholics stand in the Catholic Church. This is in a printable format that you may use for future reference or to inform friends or family members who may not be clear on the Church's teachings.



Church Teachings Regarding Catholics who are Separated or Divorced

Ministry Contact: Sr. Shawn Czyzycki, 688-5678, sczyzycki@stgregs.org

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Friendly Visitors or Callers

Friendly Visitors visit persons in an adult care center or a local nursing home on a regular basis so that a relationship is formed. Friendly Callers provide conversation and a connection with our parish family.

Ministry Contact: Judy Reifsteck, 688-5678, ext. 339

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Funeral Mass Booklet

If you have experienced the loss of a family member or friend we first want to assure you of our prayers and condolences. The following document is designed for those who are experiencing such a loss. It contains your selections of scripture readings, prayers of the faithful and music options. Please make your selections for those scripture readings and music selections of your choice and return that information to the contact priest at St. Gregory the Great.

Download our Funeral Mass Booklet here

Ministry Contact: Jo Pierino, 688-5678, josephine@stgregs.org

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Grief & Loss Bereavement Ministry

This ministry reaches out to individuals and families who are struggling with the death of loved ones, loss of marriage partners through death, separation or divorce, loss of job and other life losses. Our presentations cover various topics that offer insight and support as individuals work through their losses. Presentations are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm, followed by a break with refreshments and the opportunity for one-on-one conversations. These meetings are open to all including non-parishioners, extended family and friends. Each fall an annual Mass for Our Beloved Deceased is held for parishioners and family members who have died during the year. Topics include: The Physical & Emotional Impacts of Grief

, Good Grief!

, Coping with Grief during the Holidays

, Seven Habits of Effective Grieving
, When Our Faith is Challenged, Healing is a Choice, Complicated Grief/Traumatic Loss

, Laughter: A Tool for Healing
, Who Am I Now?

, Seven Lessons of Loss

, and Levels of Recovery in Grief.

2016
-2017 Meeting Dates

All meetings are held in Gathering Room 1 unless otherwise noted

September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7, January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5, August 2

For a printable version of the Grief & Loss Meeting dates, including topics for each month, please click here.

Ministry Contacts:

Connie Perna and Cindy Tichenor

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Parish Nursing Ministry

Our Parish Health Ministry roots itself in Christ’s ministry, by treating the “whole” person, physical, emotional and spiritual, through resources that support getting healthy, staying healthy and dealing with illness by integrating care of mind, body and spirit. Our Health Ministry, which is coordinated by our parish nurse, focuses on providing parish-wide health education opportunities through speakers and seminars, and provides one-on-one health related information for parishioners who may need assistance regarding health issues. Our parish nurse can also provide support and access to community health resources when a parishioner is caring for a loved one or friend who is living with a chronic illness and is alone and/or far away from family, or if they need assistance accessing health services after discharge from a hospital or rehab stay. Health Ministry also provides regular blood pressure screening and prescription drug education.

Ministry Contact: Judy Reifsteck, 688-5678, ext. 339

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Prayer Chain Requests

The Prayer Chain ministry is a network of parishioners who pray daily for the intentions requested by our parish family. When a prayer request is phoned to the Parish Office, it is passed to members of the chain via telephone or e-mail. Please call us with prayer requests or to join our Prayer Chain.

Ministry Contact: Jo Pierino, 688-5678, josephine@stgregs.org

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

Members of the Prayer Shawl ministry gather weekly to knit or crochet prayer shawls for those facing a crisis, lengthy illness, or difficulty in life. Recipients are prayed for each week and receive a prayer card along with their shawl. If you like to knit or crochet, join us Wednesday mornings, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, in the Ministry Center.

If you know of someone in need who would benefit from a free prayer shawl, please visit our Parish Office.

Ministry Contact: Chris Urbanski, 688-2495

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