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 home-bound 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 home-bound 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.