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PASTORAL CARE MINISTRies

The Pastoral Care ministries foster a deep sense of connection and care with members of our parish family who are ill or who find it difficult or impossible to physically attend church on Sunday.

COMMUNITY OF HOPE
COH is a Christian community of lay pastoral caregivers united in prayer, shaped by Benedictine spirituality, and trained for pastoral ministry. These caregivers are taught a ministry of presence in order to bring the presence of Christ to the suffering. COH members give spiritual care to people in hospitals, prisons, nursing homes, homeless shelters, and private residences. Please consider joining this very personal and important ministry.

A new training program to be held at the church in the Fall of 2017. The fall class will meet 5:30-8:30 PM on Thursdays, September 7 through December 7. The cost is $80. Scholarships are available.

Please email Mary Ann Cook or call her at 314.726.5860 for more information.

Hospital Visitations

Due to government-imposed health privacy regulations implemented in 2003, it has become increasingly difficult for CSMSG’s Pastoral Care Ministry to stay up-to-date regarding parishioners who may have been admitted to the hospital or other medical facility. Therefore, it’s more important than ever that family and friends notify the CSMSG of any hospital admission.

To report that a parishioner is in the hospital and to request a visit, call the Church at 314.721.1502 during regular business hours.

Lay Eucharist Visitors

Our Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEV) serve in the much-needed and valuable ministry of taking Communion directly from the Sunday services to those who for health reasons cannot attend Sunday liturgies. Please contact Christy James by email at Christy James.

Heavenly Meals

Our Heavenly Meals team of culinary caregivers continues to quietly provide meals for parishioners in the midst of challenging times, such as the arrival of a new baby, a health crisis, a death in the family, or a move or other significant life transition. To join the Heavenly Meals team or to request their culinary support, please email Becky Melander or call her at 314.862.6640.

ST. MICHAEL’S KNITTING MINISTRY

The Knitting Ministry’s mission is to offer tangible evidence of spiritual love, comfort, and prayers through knitted objects. The Knitting Ministry knits mantles of comfort (prayer shawls), baby blankets, and chemo caps. In the last ten years, the Knitting Ministry has knitted and donated 377 prayer shawls, 74 chemo caps, and 98 baby blankets.

Prayerful knitting nurtures the knitters as well as the recipients of the handmade knitted objects. We meet once a month on Saturday for knitting, conversation, and lunch. Both experienced and beginning knitters are welcome. Please email Nicki Gillis or call 314.721.1502, #4025 if you are interested in joining the Knitting Ministry.