Pastoral Care at St. Nicholas Church embodies a commitment to the spiritual and emotional wellbeing of each of its members, though we often serve beyond our community. This commitment is made visible in a variety of ways through our ministries. We bring communion to those who cannot join in the communal celebration of the Eucharist. It is also made visible by accompanying and assisting those experiencing any of life’s difficulties such as the loss of a loved one, illness, job loss, loneliness, exclusion, divorce etc.
We strive to witness to Christ’s presence in our world.
For more information on our Pastoral Care Ministries, please contact Barb Soricelli, Coordinator of Pastoral Care, at 847.864.1185 x42 or by email.
Ministers of Care
Ministers of Care bring personal presence and friendship, prayer and sacrament to those parishioners and their families who are not able to participate in parish communal activities. Ministers of Care visit home bound parishioners, residents of nursing homes within the parish, and those parishioners who are hospitalized. Special preparation for this ministry is required by the Archdiocese and provided by the parish.
Bereavement Ministers assist families of those who have died, accompany them in their journey, assist in the preparation of the funeral service and provide needed support and follow-up services. Training is required.
Stephen Ministers are extensively trained ministers who provide confidential, one-to- one Christian care to individuals in our community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives such as;
Stephen Ministers continue to meet bi-weekly for peer supervision and continuing education as they offer their services to Care Receivers.
St. Nicholas' Prayer List
Pastoral Care coordinator maintains a list of names of those for whom we pray at weekend Masses. Prayer requests will be read aloud at the two consecutive weekend masses following the request. Those in hospice status will remain on list. The sick are always included in our Parish Book of Prayer and they will remain listed in our weekly bulletin for 6 weeks. Names of our dead will also remain on the list to be read aloud for two consecutive weeks.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
We begin and end our time together with prayer and, in the middle, we enjoy one another’s company as we knit our prayer shawls. The completed shawls are given to parishioners and/or their family members who are suffering in some way, in appreciation of service, or in celebration of a special event.
For more information contact Sandy Hubbard
Women's Support Group for Healing From Sexual Abuse
Invites women who seek healing to gather to share their stories and support each other or simply call for help to access other resources that are available for you.