8 February 2024

The Katharine Konnection

Health Care Ministry

Dear Parishioners

Saint Katharine Drexel Health Care Ministry may offer something you or a loved one may need…. or perhaps you have something to offer us!  Check out the list below to see where you might fit in.  You can let Theresa Anderson know if you are interested in volunteering or if you have a family member who could benefit.

BLOOD DRIVE– We offer a Blood drive once a year in partnership with The American Red Cross. You can volunteer to assist donors with registration upon arrival and help distribute juice and snacks from their canteen.  The next one is scheduled for October 5,2024.

Blood Pressure Screening–  Blood Pressure is checked by medically trained professionals after Masses on the second weekend of each month.  We have resources about hypertension and a record keeping card that you can share with your primary care professional.

Elder Outreach Network (EON) –  Friendly and compassionate volunteers check in twice a month by phone with an elder parishioner to lend a friendly ear or offer support.  Training is available for the volunteers.

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to the Homebound AND area Nursing Homes-

Adults or Confirmed youth who would be empathetic and compassionate; can be a good listener and sensitive to the person’s spiritual, emotional, and physical needs.  Catholic lay ministers become the link between the parish community and members who are brought the Eucharist.  CYP and Virtus training are required.

Sanctuary of Hope–  The Sanctuary of Hope Ministry purpose is to make the church a “sanctuary”, a safe place to start conversations regarding mental health. We aim to educate and enlighten participants by providing information developed by mental health professionals, theologians, and people with lived experiences. This allows for prayerful reflection and intercession of spiritual support and companionship.

We ask you to prayerfully discern if you are being called to be a part of the Health Care Ministry.  If you have a family member who could benefit from one of these areas, please let us know.

Contact information for Theresa Anderson:

Theresa.anderson@saintdrexel.org

 301-360-9581

Blessings,

The Health Care Ministry

 

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