Listen to Karen's interview on the "O'Shea Can You See" show hosted by Pete O'Shea recorded on June 22nd, 2012.
I get phone calls asking about volunteering for the Sick and Homebound Ministry. People want to know how they can decide if they are worthy to serve Communicants in the Home or in facilities. If we reflect on ministry, we realize that it involves more than doing a kind deed, it is a response to our Baptismal Call to spread the mission of Our Lord. It is a way to reach out to those unable to attend Mass. But they continue to ask, "how do I know that I am worthy to carry the Lord to others"? Honesty, none of us are worthy, but we are made worthy through His grace. "I have the strength for everything through Him who empowers me" (Phil. 4:13). We have training and formation sessions where we will share with you how we serve the Lord in this ministry. Don't worry there are specific prayers for you to follow, you don't have to "wing" it and we will send someone with you after your training to guide you in how it is done. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Sick and Homebound will tell you that they receive so much more than they give in this ministry. If you have any questions, why don't you give me a call at the Church Office. I am planning a training and formation session. Blessings, Karen
Hello everyone, welcome to the new website. We are very excited to have an interactive website and hope that you will join us as we learn together how to use this exciting medium in our faith journey. What type of things would you like to see on the website? Why don't you send me an email and let me know. Please know that I will respond online to any email that has a phone number and name. Blessings, Karen.
Espiritu Santo Parish Center
October 22, 2011
"At Home with Jesus"
10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Registration begins at 9:30 am
Presenter: Jackie Mallory
Jackie is a Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute instructor and former Director of Parish Faith Formation, specializing in family-centered religious education. She is a Master Catechist for the Diocese and teacher in the Catechist Certification Program.
A fee of $10.00 will be charged for this retreat. No one will be turned away for inability to pay. Lunch is included
Ministries of Mercy Retreat For those working in Life, Justice and Outreach Ministries. Visitation to the Sick and Homebound, Jail Ministry, FAST, Parish Nurses, St. Vincent de Paul, Pinellas Hope, and Respect Life.
Register online at life.dosp.org under upcoming events or contact:
Anyely Garcia, Diocese of St Petersburg-Ministries of Mercy
Attending a mission inspires and causes one to think. The first part of the mission with John Angotti has done just that. John has asked us to step back and look at ourselves and the world we live in. To explore how we serve others. Do we serve others as Jesus served others? Do we reach out to the homeless, sick and outcasts or do we stay in our comfort zone. Have we listened to the response God has for us after we pray the Lord's prayer or are we so busy praying we don't hear what the Lord has to say to us. Last night at the concert, John had us singing and praising God. It was a joyful experience and there was such a sense of community. Looking around, you could see the smilling faces filled with spirit as young and old together sang out the praises to our Lord. Watching Father Joseph and the Youth, swing back and forth, praising God filled me with lightness. As we locked arms together and prayed the Lord's Prayer my heart and spirit soared. We can be joyful and share our faith. But what does that mean exactly?
This morning we started to dig deeper into what it means to live our faith. John has asked us some tough questions such as " if we pray what we believe, do we live what we believe"? Where have you seen God today? How have we touched someone as Jesus touched the leper in this week's Gospel? (Mk.1:40-45). How do we take that light and spirit we experienced in the mission out the door and share it with others. Each one of us has been given different gifts, and different ways to share our light. We each need to reflect on these questions, to take them in prayer and share them as Jesus has shared with us.
What are some of your thoughts on the mission? Why not share them with us in the message boards?
If you haven't had a chance to come to the mission yet, there is a session Monday evening at 7PM and a morning Tuesday session at 9:30 AM and Tuesday evening session at 7PM. Come join us, it is not only about questions, but about sharing our joy and praise that we believe and have faith.