Parish Health Ministry:

“If any one serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him”.     Jn 12:26

PARISH HEALTH MINISTRY PHILOSOPHY

The Parish Health Ministry of St. Theresa Parish is comprised of parish volunteers who address the health needs of our parishioners. As community resources dwindle, faith communities are responding to fill the gaps for their fellow parishioners. We strive to be an instrument of Jesus’ love, compassion and mercy by promoting spiritual, physical, mental and emotional health. Our parish volunteers function in a manner to avoid duplicating existing community services. Our program volunteers function primarily as health educators, health counselors, coordinator of volunteers and referral agents.

WHAT DOES THE ST. THERESA HEALTH MINISTRY DO?
DID YOU KNOW OUR MINISTRY IS INVOLVED IN:

  • Blood pressure screenings monthly after two scheduled Masses
  • A partnership with Holy Spirit Hospital for visitation to parishioners hospitalized at this facility
  • Transportation for needed appointments and services, including grocery shopping
  • Assessment visitation to home bound parishioners upon request
  • Resource and referral information to assist parishioners in finding appropriate community services.
  • Bereavement follow-up to support family members after the death of a loved one
  • Short term meals and light housekeeping during times of acute illness
  • Health education programs
  • Assessment calls post-hospital discharge follow-up
  • Providing head-phones for the hearing impaired during Masses

PARISH HEALTH MINISTRY MISSION STATEMENT:

We recognize all healing comes from Christ, and we present ourselves as an instrument for His healing. Our mission is to link medical, social and other agencies to those in need to produce a wholeness of one’s spiritual, physical and emotional well-
being.

(Our nurses function within the Scope and Standards of the Parish Nurse Practice Act as outlined by the ANA.)

Healing properly understood does not always include a restoration to one’s prior health status. Healing is not merely the absence of disease. Many with chronic and/or terminal conditions are able to experience spiritual and emotional healing through Christ.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARISH VOLUNTEERS:

Our program exists because of the many special parishioners volunteering their time and talent to the program. Please consider how you could use your own gifts in our program. It is a wonderful way to put your faith in action.

Would you consider helping with:

  • Short term meal preparation
  • Assistance with household/yard tasks for the sick and/or elderly in our parish
  • Occasional assistance with the transportation needs of our parishioners

Health Care Providers Needed to:

  • Assist with post-hospital discharge calls
  • Provide medical coverage during the weekend Masses
  • Assist with our monthly scheduled blood pressure screenings
  • Visit hospitalized parishioners
  • Share your expertise with the parish through educational presentations and teaching/reference materials

PRAYER FOR HEALING:

O JESUS, YOU SUFFERED AND DIED FOR US. YOU UNDERSTAND SUFFERING. TEACH ME TO UNDERSTAND MY SUFFERING AS YOU DO, TO BEAR IT IN UNION WITH YOU. CALM MY FEARS; INCREASE MY TRUST. IF IT BE YOUR WILL, RESTORE ME TO HEALTH SO THAT I MAY WORK FOR YOUR HONOR AND GLORY. MAY I ACCEPT YOUR HOLY WILL AND BECOME MORE LIKE YOU IN TRIAL.
AMEN.

MARY, HELPER OF THE SICK, PRAY FOR US!

“For me prayer is a surge of the heart, it is a simple look towards Heaven,
it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”

Saint Therese of Lisieux