Pastoral Care Ministries

The mission of the Pastoral Care Ministries is to be an instrument of God’s healing love and presence to those experiencing crisis or any of life’s challenges.

Funerals

Funeral services are generally celebrated in the church Tuesday through Friday, as our schedule permits. We can also live stream funerals from the church to our Funerals page and our YouTube channel.

If you have a death in your family, please contact the parish office at 952-835-7101 to notify us of your loss.

Funeral Luncheons

As part of our funeral ministry, St. Edward’s has a rich tradition of providing funeral luncheons after the Mass. This is truly an extension of Jesus’s table fellowship towards those who are hurting. Volunteers are needed for this wonderfully rewarding ministry! Please contact Mia Ah Sani at 952-835-7101 for more information on joining the Funeral Luncheon team!

Grief Card Ministry

Volunteers in the Grief Card Ministry send cards to the family of the deceased for a full year following the death. They are given a packet of cards that they send the family at Christmas, Easter, All Saints Day, and the one year anniversary of the death. This is a touching ministry that lets the family know during the difficult moments during the first year, that the parish is thinking of them, praying for them, and that they are not alone.

Grief Follow-Up and Support

Grief is a universal experience. St. Edward is part of the Bloomington-Richfield Grief Support Coalition which provides support and education for adults who are grieving the death of a loved one.  The summer session begins July 8, and will be in-person at St. Edward. Sessions are on Thursdays, 4:30-6:00pm. For questions, please contact Mia Ah Sani at 952-835-7101.

Homebound Eucharistic Ministers

The Homebound Eucharistic Ministers visit parishioners who are homebound and bring them Holy Communion. Currently we have more people needing visitors than volunteers. If you would like to be part of this important ministry, or if you are unable to get to Mass and would like Holy Communion brought to you, please contact us.

Memorial Garden

The mission of our memorial garden is to create a sacred space for the interment of cremated human remains on the grounds of our spiritual home. The garden includes a brick path made in the shape of a Celtic cross, creating a beautiful meditation garden close to home. The presence of the memorial garden gives comfort to those who mourn and inspires our community to celebrate the fullness of Christian life.

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Prayer Ministries

Prayers for the Sick
The St. Edward‘s community supports parishioners and family members of parishioners who are sick. You may have your name read aloud during the Prayers of the Faithful at Sunday Masses, printed in our weekly bulletin and/or entered in our Book of Prayer. St. Edward’s ministers follow up with parishioners by phone. Please contact the parish office at 952-835-7101 to be lifted up in prayer.

Prayers For Those Who Have Died
Our community supports family members of parishioners who have died. If desired, they are remembered by name during the Prayers of the Faithful at Sunday Masses. Please contact the parish office at 952-835-7101 if you have a loved one you would like remembered at Mass.

Mass Intentions
If you would like to request a Mass intention in honor of a person, or for someone who is ill or has passed away, please call the parish office at 952-835-7101 to schedule.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Anyone in need of solace can be provided with a hand-knit and blessed shawl by a group of knitters. Each knitter begins each shawl with prayer and a blessing for the recipient and continues to pray with each stitch that is made until the shawl is completed. It is our hope that the shawl will be a tangible expression of the care St. Edward‘s community has for each recipient.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a confidential, one-to-one caring ministry through which a layperson provides caring support to someone who is experiencing an unexpected or on-going life challenge.

A Stephen Minister IS a Caring Christian who listens and offers encouragement and support. They are a non-judgmental person with a deep personal commitment to provide confidential care and they receive training, continuing education, and supervision.
A Stephen Minister IS NOT a counselor or therapist, casual visitor or problem solver.

Ministries suspended during the COVID-19 quarantine:

Funeral Hospitality

Volunteers provide hospitality to family and friends of the deceased during the hours of visitation before the funeral. Refreshments such as coffee, juice, and donuts are provided in a caring atmosphere. The families of the deceased have expressed appreciation for this ministry.

Hospital Ministry

Hospitalization can be a lonely or difficult experience for people and we extend our caring ministry to parishioners there. Due to privacy regulations, we are unaware you are at the hospital unless we are informed by you. If you or a family member are hospitalized, please contact the parish office to let us know. Upon notification that a parishioner is hospitalized, a trained Stephen Minister can visit, bring Communion as well as provide spiritual and emotional support.

Separated and Divorced

It is our desire to share the love and healing of God with those who are involved in marital dissolution. Our goal is to provide support by promoting acceptance of self and situation, fostering personal and spiritual development and challenging persons to grow.

Divorce Series
Anyone who is either going through divorce now or is still struggling with certain issues is invited to participate in a divorce series at the Church of St. Edward. Please contact the parish office at 952-835-7101 if you are interested in an upcoming series.

Senior Living Facilities Ministries

Masonic Home
Mass is celebrated twice a month, on the 1st and 3rd Thursday mornings at 10:00am, at the Masonic Home assisted living and skilled nursing care facility in Bloomington. Catholic residents of the Masonic Home are invited to Mass in their chapel. Volunteers from St. Edward‘s escort residents to the chapel, visit with them, and offer care and assistance during the Mass. Music is also provided.
During the alternate weeks, specially trained Eucharistic Ministers bring Communion to individuals in their rooms on Monday morning.
Residents of the Masonic Home may call the parish office if they would like the Sacrament of Anointing.

Founders Ridge
Mass is celebrated at Founders Ridge Senior Living Community in Bloomington on the second Thursday of the month at 10:00 am in their chapel. Eucharistic Ministers hold a Communion Service on the fourth Monday of every month at 10:30am in their chapel.

Contact Us

If you or someone you know is homebound or living in an assisted living center or nursing home and would like to be connected or re-connected to our parish, please contact us.
If you feel called to volunteer or have questions about Pastoral Care at the Church of St. Edward, email Mia Ah Sani or call the parish office at 952-835-7101 x223.