health ministry


"Kindness is a language that we all understand.
Even the Blind can see it and the Deaf can hear it."
--- Mother Theresa 


Events to Remember

Hospice & Palliative Care Resources


Downtown Breastfeeding Drop-In Center

Free lactation Consultations, baby weight checks, and breastfeeding support

Wednesdays 4:30pm - 8:00pm

Catholic Center : 1400 N. Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46202

questions contact Kathy McCoy or call 317-902-9105

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Save the Date: Substance Addiction Ministry Mass

August 14, 2018 7pm

Presider: Archbishop Thompson

Ss Peter and Paul Cathedral

1347 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46202

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Save the Date: Health Ministy Retreat

September 7, 2018 9-3pm Oldenburg Franciscan Center

22143 Main Street, Oldenburg, Indiana 47036

Click here to Register for Health Ministry Retreat

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Save The Date: Mental Health Awareness Mass

October 14, 2018 2:00pm

presider: Msgr. William Stumpf

Ss. Francis and Clare Catholic Church

5901 Olive Branch Road Greenwood, IN 46143

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Hospice & Palliative Care Initiative Resources

Videos from the Hospice and Palliative Care Conference (2018)

Power Point Slides

Ethical and Religious Directive

Health Care Represetative Form

Franciscan Health Palliative and Hospice Care Support

St. Vincent Health Palliative and Hospice Care Support


Resources to share with your parish through bulletin announcements or handouts.

Mental Health Resource Available for your Parish!

To order copies in bulk please contact NCPD at or (202) 529-2933.



Prayer for Caregivers

Let us reflect on what it means to be a “healing presence.”
It is a call …
To listen more than we speak
To remain calm even when others are in chaos
To stay clear and focused even when no clear direction is apparent
To value people exactly as they are and not as we think they should be
To be with people who are suffering, rather than trying to have all of the answers or explain that which ultimately is “mystery”
To let go of the temptation to show only the clinical and professional side and to hold back the personal and human side of caring
Healing presence is not about doing something, it is about being present. And, when we enter this vulnerable state of simply being with another person who is in pain or in sorrow, we experience the healing power of God. 
And so we pray … Good and gracious God,
You are the source of all healing. In you we have a share of the wonderful ministry we call “healing presence.” Today, we pray for caregivers, that your grace moves through each of them to reveal your healing touch, your compassionate glance, your consoling words. Bless them in a special way today and strengthen them so that they might continue to be your healing presence to others.
We ask this in the power of your Holy Name.  Amen.

Parish Nurse

The word “Parish” comes from a Greek word which means “to walk with.”
The word “Nurse” comes from a root word which means “to nourish the soul.”

Parish nursing is a unique, specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the promotion of health within the context of the values, beliefs, and practices of a faith community.

Roles of the Parish Nurse include but are not limited to:

  • Health Educator
  • Communication link and support – for those who need referrals for other services
  • Health advocate – classes on maintaining health and weight loss
  • Facilitator of pastoral care and comfort – integrator of faith and health

~Diane Reynolds, Ed. D, RN, OCN, CNE
National Association of Catholic Nurses USA – Annual Meeting, March 2013.

Mission Statement for Parish Nursing

Parish Nursing is the intentional integration of the practice of faith with the practice of nursing so that people can achieve wholeness in, with and through the community of faith in which parish nurses serve (The fourteenth Annual Westberg Parish Nurse Symposium 2000).

The concept of parish nursing is relatively new, but the role of parish nurse is deeply rooted in the Catholic Church’s healing tradition. Not only does the parish nurse often provide under represented individuals with a valuable link to health care but acting of his or her own faith the parish nurse becomes a healing hand of the Church. The Parish nurse always includes a focus on the spiritual dimension of health, often utilizing prayer, support groups and sacraments to promote healing. The parish nurse is an advocate, an intercessor, and a representative of God’s healing love.


Health Advocate

Educator on health issues

Advocate and Resource Person

Liaison to faith and community Resources

Teacher of volunteers and developer of support groups

Healer of body, mind, spirit and community

(Source: Canadian Association for Parish Nurse Ministry 2005)

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For information about Health Ministry and Parish Nursing
please email Brie Anne Eichhorn Coordintor of Human Life and Dignity or call 317-236-1543


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