Ministers of Care are adult men and women who are trained to make pastoral visits. They bring prays and Holy Communion to parishioners who are unable to attend Mass. These parishioners may reside at home, in nursing homes, senior residences, rehabilitation units or in hospitals. Ministers of Care bring the love and support of St. Norbert Parish.
Adult men and women who feel called to journey with people who are ill and unable to attend mass are asked to volunteer for this ministry. Volunteers are interviewed by the Director of the Ministry of Care prior to attending a 12-hour training provided by the Archdiocese of Chicago to learn the theological and the spiritual foundation of the Care Ministry.
Volunteers are also requested to:
- Shadow a current Minister of Care to observe all areas of the ministry. This help them decide where they would like to serve.
- Attend periodically scheduled in-service meetings to; pray together, increase pastoral skills, strengthen the bond of the ministry and be spiritually enriched by guest speakers.
- Participate in morning “Reflections” with three surrounding parishes for spiritual enrichment and education, one to two times per year.
- Be available once a week or once a month depending on the selected area of ministry.
- Serve a minimum of three years. Ministerial renewal is reconfirmed yearly with the Director.
How to Volunteer
If you have the gift of listening and companionship, please consider volunteering to become a certified Minister of Care. Contact the Director of Ministers of Care, Mona Lukas or click here to complete the on line Ministry of Care Sign Up form.