Pastoral Ministry/Care Ministry

Lay Pastoral Care is a personal response to God's unconditional love. The lay pastoral minister actively brings the love of God into people's lives by providing supportive care to those who face crises, trauma, loss, or personal dilemmas. Our goal is to prepare parish volunteers and professionals through educational programming and to empower people through training, consultation, education, advocacy, and at times, direct service.

We will gladly help your parish develop Lay Pastoral Care Ministries to address the needs of suffering or alienated members of your parish. We provide support, consultation, and training in several areas of Pastoral Care Ministry.

Building a Foundation of Mercy Journal

Building a Foundation of MercyForty-day resource using quotes from Pope Francis' "Miserere Vultus" and reflections from the Stewardship & Pastoral Services staff using journaling to help readers move from reflecting on mercy to forming a habit of mercy, and ultimately, to continual deepening of the foundational characteristic of mercy. Through mercy, may we be drawn together to experience the Kingdom of God.

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The Euthanasia Deception Video for Parish Discussions

Euthanasia Deception VideoPhysician-assisted suicide is legal in 6 states, plus Washington DC. Bills to legalize/expand assisted suicide have been introduced in 11 states in 2017. Parish nurses, care ministers, pastoral associates are urged to explore this important life issue with the parish community using the video "The Euthanasia Deception" and a set of questions to guide discussions.

More Information: Mary Armbrust: (920) 272-8300 | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Note: The author has generously allowed us to use the video and resources at no charge. A goodwill collection to provide support for their ministry would be greatly appreciated.


April 28, 2018 | Spring Morning of Reflection | Green Bay

Spring Morning of Reflection 2018Sr. Marlita Henseler, OSF, will will focus on Joy in Ministry at the Spring Morning of Reflection for parish pastoral care ministry leaders and volunteers 9:00 a.m. to Noon at St. Matthew Church.

Event Contact - Patty Young or Tracy Granius, Department of Parish
Planning & Pastoral Services:
(920) 272-8312 | 1-877-500-3580, ext. 8312


A Compassionate Heart: Ministry of Presence

Compassionate Hearts LogoSix-session small group sharing process for expanding lay pastoral care ministry in your parish or to enhance the ministry of current pastoral care visitors. Process was designed to explore what it means to be a person of compassion and how to be compassionately present to others. This challenging and informative resource for parish leadership and parishioners was funded through the Bishop's Appeal and can be reproduced.

Session 1: Living a Life of Presence

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Session 2: Living a Life of Presence Through Prayer

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Session 3: We Come As We Are

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Session 4: Listening With The Heart

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Session 5: Refreshed And Renewed

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Session 6: Joy-Filled Presence

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Facilitator's Guide

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Pastoral Care videos available for lending | Updated May 17, 2017

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Media Checkout: Materials are due three weeks from the date mailed out or picked up. You may call to extend the rental time if the video is not being requested by someone else. Materials not returned by the due date will be subject to a weekly overdue fee of $5.00 that will be billed to your parish. Materials not returned will be subject to replacement costs.

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Parish Nurses

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