Parish Care at Saint Joseph Parish consists of a group of outreach ministries overseen by a steering committee. Parish Care is always in need of members with backgrounds in health care, as well as other individuals who would be willing to help with the support and coordination of various jobs within this ministry.
Following are the mission statements for the ministries within Parish Care:
Mission Statement: To provide faith-centered consolation to parishioners, families, and friends who have experienced a loss through death.
The Bereavement Committee sponsors a six-week series of group support sessions and a Memorial Service at Christmas. Throughout the year the committee hosts guest speakers who give talks on the different aspects of grief and loss. Cards are sent to surviving family members over the year reminding them of parish support at this difficult time. Membership in this committee is open to anyone who has a desire to help parishioners cope with the death of a loved one. Meeting times vary throughout the year.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Reflects God’s faithful presence to those caring for loved ones at home, in care facilities, or from a distance by providing a safe and prayerful environment for sharing and support.
The Deaf Community made its new home in our Parish in June 2015 with the arrival of Father Rozman. The 9:45 AM Mass is offered in ASL (American Sign Language). They also meet twice a month for a bible study following the 9:45 AM Mass in the Lee Horan room.
This ministry recognizes the very special gifts God has given those living with disabilities. We are dedicated, if asked, to working with these parishioners so they have more opportunities to share their special gifts with our parish community in worship and fellowship. We are here to help but more importantly, we are here to celebrate and share all the gifts God has given us. CONTACT: Paul Zabroske at (717) 659-1054 for more information.
The Elizabeth Ministry is a service organization that provides support to the women of the parish regarding issues involving children.
Nurtures the call to holiness by providing programs and support to those seeking to grow healthy in body, mind and spirit.
The Parish Visitor coordinates parish outreach to the sick, hospitalized, homebound, residents in nursing homes and assisted care facilities and their families. The Visitor also oversees and serves as a resource to parish committees and outreach services concerned with the overall health and well being of parishioners.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Reminds those experiencing the pain and uncertainties of illness or loss of God’s constant love by providing a “prayerfully” knitted or crocheted shawl.
SPECIAL MINISTERS TO THE SICK
Some Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are also selected by the Pastor and commissioned by the Diocese of Harrisburg to bring the Body of Christ to those who, because of illness, are unable to attend Mass.
Responds to the Christian call to care for the sick by providing transportation to medical appointments.