Caring for the pastoral needs of our parish community is critical. Our clergy and Pastoral Care Team minister to people in crisis as well as those with searching questions, through sacramental rites, spiritual direction, palliative care, friendship, and prayer. Special attention is also given to the frail and isolated; a ministry that includes frequent visits, Sunday morning drives, and a tape ministry.
The Pastoral Care Team receives ongoing training and operates under the supervision and guidance of our clergy. As needs are discerned and with the consent of the person receiving care from team members, clergy enable and monitor pastoral care assignments. In addition, several of our team members are associated with visiting at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, carrying out their duties on behalf of the parish as well as benefiting the hospital. Other members of our team have received training in palliative care and are available to offer this spiritual ministry. The work of the Pastoral Care Team is, of necessity, confidential and carried out quietly, respecting the privacy and dignity of those served.
With seven retirement homes within its parish boundaries as well as many seniors living independently in the surrounding neighborhoods, CCBC is called to a comprehensive ministry for seniors. This is often a primary focus of the clergy and Pastoral Care Team. As individuals become increasingly frail and isolated, the compassion of God revealed in Jesus calls the church to a ministry of support, conversation, listening and advocacy. In this way we strive to be present to the seniors in our midst. CCBC also has a number of programmatic responses for seniors: