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Pastoral Care in the Parish of Pittwater

 

PASTORAL CARE TO THE SICK AND FRAIL

Is anyone amongst 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. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven (James 5:14-15).

 

Pittwater Parish has monthly Anointing Masses or Holy Communion/Anointing at each of eight Nursing Homes in the area.

Click here for the full calendar or see the menu item under Pastoral Care. The following are all visited:

Avalon House Nursing Home
Mona Vale House Nursing Home
George Mocklar Hostel
Bayview Gardens Nursing Home
Peninsula Nursing Home
Ocean View Nursing Home
Minkara Nursing Home
Pittwater Palms Retirement Village
Mass and visitation to Bayview Nursing Home  

 

Pastoral Care to the sick and frail is the keystone to all our activities in the Parish of Pittwater, which fulfills our mission statement:-

 

Inspired by our love of Christ,

As a community of hope we reach out

And spiritually nourish all.

 

From the very beginning, the church has taken special care to minister to the spiritual needs of the sick this continues today, and is an important part of our ministry in the Catholic Parish of Pittwater.

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Building the reign of God in the here and now, is the ministry of all Christians. Service to the sick is a particular aspect of our ministry, which Jesus himself required of all of us who bear his name. Healing and care of the sick - physically, psychologically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually- must be a priority in our communities.

 

Since the time of Jesus we have grown in our human understanding of the interdependence of our physical, mental and spiritual health, and the breath of this ministry in our modern world.

Sickness and pain have always been an enigma to human kind, and difficult to understand, because we believe in an all loving and powerful God. Sickness cannot be seen as a punishment which we suffer for our personal or ancestral sins .The disciples asked Jesus about the cause of the man’s blindness;

“Rabbi who sinned, this man or his parents, for him to have been born blind?” Jesus replied

“Neither he nor his parents sinned. He was born blind so that the works of God might be displayed”

 

 

PASTORAL CARE CAN ALSO BE DISCUSSED UNDER THE FOLLOWING HEADINGS:

 

PASTORAL CARE

Is catching the rhythm of things, helping people to have a voice. Pastoral Care is the capacity to enter another’s pain, and having faith people will surface themselves.

 

PASTORAL IDENTITY

Pastoral Care workers offer themselves to people just as they are, and it is the interplay of love of God, love of neighbour and love of self.

 

PASTORAL DYNAMICS

Visiting a patient or resident communicates that they are worthy of our time, and by skillful listening often a person will unburden himself of what is troubling him.

 

PASTORAL PSYCHOLOGY/PASTORAL AWARENESS

By talking about how a person feels he will gain an implicit hope that things will get better. As the idiom goes”Trouble shared is trouble halved”

 

HOLY MASS WITH ANOINTING OF THE SICK

The first Thursday of each month at Maria Regina Avalon,and every first Friday at Sacred Heart Mona Vale, a special Anointing Mass is celebrated,, which all sick parishioners are invited to attend.

Preceeding the mass we have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.

 

VISITATION AND HOLY COMMUNION

Strengthened by the liturgical life of the Parish, each parishioner is encouraged to share in the apostolic work of the Church. Caring for the sick and the elderly and taking Holy Communion to them for food to strengthen them in their journey is an important ministry of the parish. The parish looks to the sick and the elderly for a two-way ministry. Having shared in the passion of our Lord in a special way, the sick and the weak are enriched with experience and patience. Having touched God they will in turn minister to those who minister to them.

 

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Anointing of hands at monthly Anointing Mass

 

We have a team approach in the ministering of Pastoral care led by the priests and supported by the Eucharistic Ministers.The priests are on call to all nursing homes to celebrate Viaticum and anointing to dying residents.

Eucharistic Ministers visit nursing homes and the house bound bringing Holy Communion to those no longer able to attend Mass.

 

SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK AND MASS

As people grow older and can no longer be entirely independent, a Retirement Village, or later a nursing Home becomes a residence of choice, in this our Core Values come into play.

The following nursing homes and retirement villages are visited once a month and an Anointing mass is celebrated, or Anointing and Holy Communion given, whatever is suitable to the residents health situation.

 

Avalon House Nursing Home; Bayview Gardens Nursing Home and Retirement Village; George Mocklar Hostel; Mona Vale House Nursing Home; Minkara Nursing Home; Ocean View Nursing Home;

Peninsular Nursing Home; Pittwater Palms Retirement Village:

 

The nursing home residents look forward to gathering together to celebrate mass, their participation gives them a sense of belonging. We believe in their integrity that they need the spiritual growth, the hope and joy that they possess with others celebrating the Anointing mass.

 

HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY

Mona Vale Hospital is visited by a Catholic chaplain on Mondays and Thursdays, patients of all religious persuasions are seen and Holy Communion can be given to Catholic patients on request. To avail your relatives or friends of this service simply phone the parish office (click the link here for details).

 

PRIESTS ON HOSPITAL EMERGENCY CALL

Pittwater Parish priests are on emergency twenty four hour call for Mona Vale Hospital from the 1st. to the 15th. of each month. If you have an emergency and require a priest, you can call our office on 91570999. If it is out of hours, select option 7 for a Priest (if present) or to leave a message for him.

 

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK

If you have a friend or relative who needs prayers in their time of need, a phone call to the office will have their names listed in the prayer section of the bulletin.

 

TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM MASS

We have parishioners who will provide transport to and from mass when you are temporally indisposed.

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