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BeFrienders are lay ministers that provide pastoral care to people in difficult and transitional situations, such as illness, loneliness or loss of a loved one. They embody the caring presence of God and of the faith community.
BeFrienders accept people as they are and listen with compassion. Through spiritual and emotional care,
BeFrienders allow those they befriend to make their own decisions.
Since their role is to care, not cure, the skills
BeFrienders learn in training allow them to respond to any pastoral care need with confidence that they can provide a nonjudgmental and compassionate listening presence.
BeFrienders gain a deeper understanding of unity in Christ by appreciating the value of each member of the community.
BeFrienders experience how Christ calls us to be together in joy and in pain.
If you know anyone who would benefit from this ministry or if you would like to become a Befriender, please call Clara Trapp 651-451-0948 or the parish office 651-455-6624.
Linda Unten phone 651- 457-4869
Rosie Stiff phone 651-455-8280
Members of our parish help to set up, serve, and clean up at parish funeral luncheons. This ministry is open to all and there is no training required. Your name will be put on a list and you will be called when needed. There is also a list for people who are unable to work but would like to provide bars or cookies.
Journey Though Loss
This is a support group for any person who has experienced the loss of a loved one. The group will give you a chance to learn about the grief process and an opportunity to obtain information and support.
Home Eucharistic Ministers
This is a ministry for those parishioners that are not able to attend Mass because of an illness. If you or someone you know is homebound and not able to attend Mass, but would like a short visit and to receive Holy Communion, or if you are interested in ministering to the homebound, please contact the parish office 651-455-6624.
Senior Care Ministry
This ministry is for our seniors at care facilities. There are Scripture and Communion services offered for them. If you want to be a part of the lives of those who are not able to come to our parish community by helping out, you will receive back more than you give. If you are interested please contact the parish office 651-455-6624.
Respect Life is a committee that helps to educate the parish on life issues and to assist local services reaching out to those facing a crisis pregnancy. This committee meets three or four times yearly and is open to anyone. For more information please contact Carol Goettl 651-455-7446.
Peg Johnston phone 651-451-0371
Peg Johnston is St. Patrick’s parish nurse. She helps with many aspects of our parish’s medical well being. She is considered unpaid staff (not a volunteer) because she is a nurse by profession. Peg’s phone number is listed in the bulletin and on the web site, she is available to answer any questions you may have about medical concerns. Most of the ushers have been taught how to use the AED. There is a nurse scheduled to be at every mass who is available to help in case of a medical situation.
Hospice Baskets are available to parishioners who have a loved one who is receiving hospice care. These baskets are filled with items of comfort for the patient and the patients loved ones. If you or anyone you know would benefit from one of these baskets please contact the parish office 651-455-6624 or Peg Johnston 651-451-0371.
St. Patrick’s hold two blood drives a year, one in May and one in October. There are notices published in the bulletin and on the web site letting you know the dates and times for these. Walk-ins are accepted, but you can also schedule specific times.
Blood Pressure Checks
The last weekend of every month nurses are available in the gathering space after mass to do blood pressure checks. On the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month blood pressure checks are done at the Presbyterian Home. These checks are also available at the 55+ lunches.
St. Patrick’s church holds a Health Fair once a year in October. Some of the services available are diabetes screening, cholesterol checks, and flu shots. There is also information available on other health issues. This is a great chance to have some of these screenings done. Dates and times for the Health Fair will be published in the bulletin and on the web site.
Members of St. Patrick’s parish hand make shawls for parishioners or their family members who are ill and need our prayers. As they are being made prayers are being said for the ill members of our parish. These shawls are available to any parishioner in need. If you know of anyone who could use a shawl or if you would like to make a shawl (patterns are available) please contact the parish office 651-455-6624 or peg Johnston 651- 451-037.