Pastoral Care to the
"'For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.'" Matthew 25:35
Jesus healed the sick, comforted the sorrowing, and raised the dead. The Church is called to continue Jesus' work of healing, prayer, and comforting. Here at Sacred Heart, trained Pastoral Visitors bring Communion to the sick and homebound, usually on a weekly basis. Teams of Pastoral Visitors conduct communion services and take communion to those confined to their rooms at Cherrywood Future Care Nursing Home, and Mass is celebrated there on the second Wednesday of each month.
Pastoral Visitors also bring communion to residents at several assisted living facilities as well as to several apartment homes for the elderly. Staff make monthly visits to those homebound parishioners who have requested them; and, where possible, to hospitalized parishioners. When requested, our priests visit the homebound and nursing homes for Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick.
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, always available upon request, is celebrated at least twice annually at a designated weekend Mass.
At various times throughout the year, students at Sacred Heart School and the Religious Education Program prepare and send handmade get-well and greeting cards with personalized messages to the residents of Cherrywood and the homebound. Christmas and Easter greetings, signed by parish staff, are sent to these parishioners, as well as get-well cards for the hospitalized.
The parish offers two Days of Enrichment for Pastoral Visitors (in the Fall and in the Spring). The dates and themes are to be determined.
The names of ill parishioners who are in need of prayer are listed in the parish bulletin each week. Please join us in praying for God's healing for them.
To request that a name be added, call the parish office at 410-833-1696.
If you or someone you know desires anointing of the sick or a communion visit or hospital visit, please call the parish office at 410-833-1696 and give us the information we will need to make contact.