Outreach

Pastoral Care Ministry

“Is anyone among you sick?  He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up.”- James 5:13-14

Pastoral Care Ministers in the name of the faith community of St. Leander Parish bring Holy Communion to homebound or hospitalized parishioners and to the large, growing Catholic communities in nursing and assisted living facilities in our area.  Pastoral Care Ministers also listen, support and encourage our sick and homebound brothers and sisters.

What are the essential qualities of a Pastoral Care Minister?

The Minister must

  • cultivate a profound understanding of the Holy Eucharist
  • possess a loving and compassionate heart for those who are sick and/or homebound, and
  • willingly desire to share one’s time to visit and to bring Christ to our sick and/or homebound brothers and sisters.

A Candidate for Pastoral Care Ministry must also be

  • An active, registered parishioner of St. Leander Parish, and
  • A confirmed Catholic.

Candidates also agree

  • to be interviewed by the Spiritual Director of the Ministry prior to acceptance into the program,
  • to participate in six 2-hour training sessions,
  • to participate in mentor supervised visits to the sick and homebound prior to commissioning,
  • to attend the training program for the Safe Environment for Children Project conducted by the Diocese of Oakland and to renew their certification in the program every three years, and
  • to be fingerprinted.

Pastoral Care Ministers attend a periodic formation program to review proper practices when visiting the sick and/or homebound and to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the Holy Eucharist and the people they are serving.  Formation meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7 pm in the Rectory.

If you would like more information contact the Parish Office at 510-895-5631.


The St. Leander Conference of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”- Matthew 25: 34-36

The mission of the Conference is the mission of the Society: to join together in a bond of friendship, and to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering, in the tradition of our founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. It seeks to enlarge the scope of its concern by reaching the hidden and new poor, and to match the skills and interests of all its members with the needs of people. The Conference provides willing Christian helpers with opportunities to minister to those in need on a person-to-person basis through home visits, and to serve in its special projects. The Society’s motto is “No work of charity is foreign to the Society.”

Vincentians engage in many types of ministry: Home visits, home food box delivery, walk up for food items at our food locker, serving bagged lunches 3 days/week to our homeless and providing utility/furniture/clothing assistance upon request. We have a Thanksgiving and Christmas food box distribution as well as participate at the SVDP Dining Room in Oakland to serve hot meals. It is through the dedication of our Vincentians and the passion for the poor that we are able to provide these services.

Volunteer Opportunities

Monday Food Locker

12pm – 1pm (2 people)

  • Give food items from our Food Locker to guests

Monday Home Delivery

4pm – 6pm (2 people) on rotation

  • Write down info from call in from home delivery guests
  • Confirm home delivery to guest
  • Box and take food box items to guest

Wednesday Home Delivery

11:30am – 1pm (3 people) on rotation

  • Write down info from call in from home delivery guests
  • Confirm home delivery to guest
  • Box and take food box items to guest

Lunch Program

Wednesday (alternate/on call) (1 person)
9:30am –12pm

  • Prepare lunches with team
  • Deliver to and with team and hand out lunches at San Leandro Community Church

Thursday
9:30am – 12pm

  • Prepare lunches with team
  • Deliver to and with team and hand out lunches at San Leandro Community Church

Seasonal Opportunities

Thanksgiving Food Box Distribution

To be announced (tentatively Tuesday before Thanksgiving) (9am – 2pm)

  • prepare food boxes for guests
  • load food boxes into guests car

Christmas Food Box Distribution

To be announced (9am – 2pm)

  • prepare food boxes for guests
  • load food boxes into guests car

Christmas Shower Gift Distribution

December 2-14

  • move donated gifts from parish to parish office
  • wrap/sort/label gifts by families

Suggested attributes for volunteers:

You can serve in this Ministry in a variety of ways. It is important that you have time to commit to this ministry during the week. Interpersonal communication skills are helpful. An ability to organize and provide guidance is also important. Basic computer skills are helpful. Naturally caring, compassionate and giving person.

If you are interested in the St. Leander Conference of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul, feel free to contact our President, Sue Fourby at 510-914-7074 or via email (dsfourby@sbcglobal.net).

Parish Festival

Suggested Attributes:

Love of service, appreciation of diversity, willingness to work with others.

If you would like more information or interested in participating in this ministry, you may call the Parish Office at (510) 895-5631.