Pastoral Care to the Sick and Homebound

"'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.


Enrichment for Pastoral Visitors

The parish offers Days of Reflection for Pastoral Visitors at certain times of the year. There will be a Morning of Reflection for Pastoral Visitors on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 noon in the Mother Seton Room.


Prayer Requests

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.


Requests for Visits

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.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Though I walk in the midst of dangers, you guard my life when my enemies rage. You stretch out your hand; your right hand saves me. The Lord is with me to the end. Lord, your love endures forever.  Psalm 138: 7-8



A Prayer Shawl is a shawl that is lovingly crocheted or hand-knit from a soft, comforting yarn. As the shawl is created, it is prayed over by its maker for the intentions of its recipient. It is also blessed by the parish priest.


How did this ministry begin?

In 1998, Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo, two graduates of the 1997 Women's Leadership Institute at The Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut gave birth to this ministry as a result of their experience in the program of applied Feminist Spirituality under the direct of Professor Miriam Therese Winter, MMS.


In 2008, a similar Prayer Shawl Ministry began at Sacred Heart Parish. A group of women meet together at the parish to knit or crochet in their own homes. Shawls are collected twice per year and blessed by the parish priest at the parish community's Mass of the Anointing of the Sick. Shawls are then distributed to anyone who is seriously ill or knows of one who is seriously ill. Blessed Prayer Shawls may be requested at any time through the Parish Office.


Who are the recipients of the blessed shawls?

Blessed shawls have been distributed to various organizations such as the Hospice Center at Gilchrist, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Saint Joseph's Retirement Villa in Flourtown, PA, and the Veterans of War at Walter Reed Hospital and the Medical Center in Bethseda. Individual shawls have also been given to almost one hundred seriously ill persons in and around our parish and local community.


Links of Interest

Prayer Shawl Home

Prayers and Blessings

Meeting Prayers

Angel Prayer




Interesting Websites

"Hand to Hand and Heart to Heart"

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