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Welcome to the Visitation Ministry Wesite


Visitation Ministries bring reconciliation, healing, and the love of God to prisoners, the homebound and to those in nursing homes. The people of our parishes commit time and effort to visit individuals who are in need. The needs can be spiritual, physical or emotional but they are needs of one person at a time. We want to build up our ministry work to make sure we give the people of our church the opportunity to respond to Jesus’ call to visit the sick, imprisoned and poor in spirit.
 

Pastoral Care Volunteers Serve the Sick and Homebound


Karen Heaphy, Pastoral care coordinator at Espiritu Santo Catholic Church, shares with the volunteers a story of a man who visited their parish several years to attend their sick and homebound luncheon. She says he felt it was a blessing to be able to participate, and before passing away, he requested that his family hold his funeral Mass at the parish because he felt so at home there. Read more ...



Ministries Serve the Elderly, Sick, and Homebound

Peggy Scicchitano, parishioner of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, has been visiting the sick and homebound through the visitation ministry for ten years. She recalls a time while working in a Catholic hospital requesting Communion from a priest while he was offering the Body and Blood of Christ to the patients. “The priest told me it was not my turn,” she says. “Not my turn, what do you mean not my turn, I asked; the priest then told me that because of the large number of patients requesting Communion, he had to developed a system to be able to see everyone since he was the only one available.” Peggy says she did receive Communion that day and that the experience helped her to see first hand the need for volunteers. Read more ...

Speakers at the Living Eucharist Conference Encourage Catholics to Serve

Rev. Mr. John H. Lyons III (Deacon Jack) is the coordinator of the Prison Ministry at All Saints Catholic Church. He and three speakers took part in the Living Eucharist Conference held at the Tampa Bay Convention Center on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 for Catholics to deepen their knowledge of Eucharist and to know what it means to be sent to serve other people. At the conference, Frank V. Murphy, president of Catholic Charities, gave a presentation about the Ministries of Mercy, an initiative started by Bishop Lynch in 2006 to support and foster parish ministries that serve the poor, suffering, and marginalized. Following that, Deacon Jack and the other speakers gave talks on one of the Ministries of Mercy, the Visitation Ministry. Read more ...

Speaker at the Living Eucharist Conference talks about being called by God to minister juvenile inmates


Tina Borst, parishioner of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, was a speaker at the Living Eucharist Conference held at the Tampa Bay Convention Center on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 for Catholics to deepen their knowledge of Eucharist and to know what it means to be sent to serve other people. At the conference, Frank Murphy, president of Catholic Charities, gave a presentation on the Ministries of Mercy, an initiative started by Bishop Lynch in 2006 to support and foster parish ministries that serve the poor, suffering, and marginalized. Following that, Tina and four other speakers gave talks on one of the Ministries of Mercy, the Visitation Ministry.
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Parishioners Respond to Jesus’ Call by Visiting Nursing Home

In 2006, Bishop Robert N. Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg began the Ministries of Mercy initiative to support and foster parish ministries that serve the poor, suffering, and marginalized. The initiative focuses on five areas where the need is the greatest: food & clothing, shelter, life, visitation, and health. With the help of volunteers, the Ministries of Mercy are currently serving in various parishes and the following story highlights St. Raphael’s Nursing Home Visitation Ministry.

Louise Barrett, parishioner of St. Raphael Catholic Church, smiles as she greets Roberto, a resident of Shore Acres Rehabilitation Center. She has been visiting the center and taking Holy Communion to the residents for 11 years. On this day, Roberto, who wears a white shirt and navy pants, has been waiting patiently for Louise. He shows her his Spanish Bible and she attempts to say the Our Father in Spanish. When Louise gives Roberto Holy Communion and they pray together, he requests that they include his family, in particular, his daughter. Read more ...

"I was in prison and you visited me," (Mt. 25:37)

Volunteers from the prison ministry of Prince of Peace Catholic Church have been visiting inmates for twenty years. During this time, parishioner Hugh Burns remembers visiting young adult men, elderly, infirm, and juvenile inmates. Today, the ministry continues to deliver reconciliation, healing, and the love of God to the women inmates of Hillsborough Correctional Institute (HCI). Read more ...



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