Caring for the Sick and Elderly: A Parish Guide

Caring for the Sick and Elderly: A Parish Guide

by Marie Roccapriore


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This book highlights the various ways pastoral care ministers and parish volunteers can reach out to the sick and elderly. There are a wealth of ideas here for extending spiritual, sacramental, and charitable support to parishioners who are homebound, in nursing homes, or in hospitals. For many years, Sr. Marie Roccapriore has been involved with a parish program called Project H.E.A.L. -- Homebound are Encouraged through Assistance in Love. The details of this program are provided in this book, along with forms and other reproducible information that will be useful in developing this type of program in one's own parish. Also included is an extensive listing of resources that are invaluable for ministry with the sick and elderly. Personal examples and anecdotes help illustrate the ways that even the simplest gestures of care and concern can make a world of difference in the lives of the infirm.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585952496
Publisher: Twenty-Third Publications/Bayard
Publication date: 09/16/2003
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Suffering & Healing in Scripture3
Chapter 2Ministering through Project H.E.A.L.7
Chapter 3Healing through the Sacraments10
Chapter 4Extending Prayerful Support15
Chapter 5Sharing Head, Heart, & Hands in Love28
Chapter 6Preparing the Volunteers34
Chapter 7Introducing Shut-ins to Spiritual Resources43
Chapter 8Information & Tips for the Parish52
Chapter 9Concluding Comments63

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