Pastoral care is best defined by the example of the Son of God: a pastor is to be a shepherd or caretaker of God’s flock.
“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock” (1 Peter 5:2-3).
Pastors provide biblical counseling, visit the sick and injured in hospitals and at home, and reach out to members of the congregation through phone calls and other engagements.
Pastoral care ministries are just as valuable as the delivery of a sermon. Caring for a person who is struggling with a difficulty, being present during a time of pain, praying with someone in a crisis; these are the moments when spiritual breakthroughs occur.
If you or a loved one is in need of this ministry, please contact Father Patrick or Mary Glosson at the Parish Office at 630-851-1436 to arrange a visit. Please be as specific as possible about the need, such as a home visit, hospital visit, or special request.