The purpose of pastoral care is to nurture relationships of service by sharing God’s love with others through one or more of our many pastoral care programs.
Lay Eucharistic Ministry
Lay Eucharistic Ministers carry the bread and wine directly from the altar to the sick and homebound. They have completed a diocesan training program and are licensed by the bishop for three years.
Chris Strittmatter – Coordinator
Pastoral Care Visitation Team
This group of parishioners visits the homebound, the sick and others in the name of Christ and as representatives of the parish family. They have received special training to carry out this ministry of presence, care and prayer and are supervised by a member of the clergy.
George Bishop – Coordinator
The Dolphins is a ministry of visitation and caring friendship with the elderly or others who benefit from ongoing one-to-one relationships.
The Neighborhood Shepherd Ministry
The Neighborhood Shepherd Volunteers provide meals and transportation to parish families during times of illness, death, or the birth of a child.
Connie Dee – Coordinator
The altar flowers are taken each week after service or on Monday to the sick, the homebound or to others. Those who are interested in this important ministry of care and comfort are scheduled by the coordinator for service, according to their availability.
Mary Anne Noon-Childers – Coordinator
The prayer chain at Saint Matthew’s exists for the purpose of offering prayer for others. Speak to Dave Robinson if you would like to consider becoming a member this ministry.
Chris Strittmatter– Coordinator
The Prayer Chain
The Prayer Chain prays daily for those parishioners, their families, friends and others who have special needs, lifting them up to God. Names may be placed on the prayer chain by contacting the coordinators. Names remain on the list for two months. Those who place people on the list are asked to resubmit names every two months (by the 20th of even numbered months) if continuing prayer is desired and to inform the coordinator when intensive prayer is no longer needed.
Chris Strittmatter and Judy Ermigiotti – Coordinators