Ministry of Care And Companionship Committee Goals
To accept the challenges of the Year of Mercy in a renewed response to the sick and suffering.
To foster diocesan education in the Catholic tradition of a Good Death.
To increase awareness of the experience of pain and suffering for sick, chronically ill, frail and dependent elderly, dying and bereaved within our own parish communities.
To initiate a new vision of the ministry of care of the parish community today that will bring us into the future.
To Achieve These Goals The Committee Will Develop A Multi-Focused Strategy Which Will:
Describe the range of ministries, including ministers of the Eucharist, parish visitors, parish palliative care programs, parish nurses that are working in the diocese or could be developed.
Identify and make accessible credible resources already available to assist us.
Use existing diocesan resources such as Discipleship to provide regular reflections and advice on the ministry of care.
Develop new educational materials, where necessary, such as DVDs; special events for health care professionals and parishioners involved in the ministry of care and companionship throughout the diocese.
Advocate for hospice and palliative care for all Canadians and protection of conscience for health professionals.
Rediscovering the Art of Dying a new book by Sister Nuala Kenny
Drawing on the passion of Christ, Sr. Nuala Kenny reflects on the inevitable questions we all face regarding health, illness, suffering, and dying. She provides a profound spiritual and biblical reflection by linking Jesus’ own experience of suffering and death with real-life stories about patients in today’s world.
This book is for anyone undergoing or reflecting on illness, suffering, and dying. It is also for families and friends who accompany the sick, dependent, and dying, and for caregivers who accompany them. It is sure to guide attitudes, practical decisions, and actions that are central concerns in serious illness and dying, while clearing up misunderstandings that often accompany periods of stress.
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