Pastoral Care Ministries
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.
As part of our funeral ministry, St. Edward’s has a rich tradition of providing funeral luncheons after the Mass. A group of wonderful men and women generously give of their time serving the grieving families and friends. This is truly an extension of Jesus’s table fellowship towards those who are hurting.
Grief Follow-Up and Support
St. Edward’s Grief Ministers (trained Stephen Ministers) provide one-on-one telephone support to grieving family members following the funeral of one of our parishioners. The ministers provide options to the grieving and can direct them to additional support if needed.
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. Group meetings are held on Thursdays from 4:30-6:00pm. Each session includes an educational presentation followed by small group sharing of concerns and experiences. Find more information including a current schedule of sessions at brgriefcoalition.com.
Homebound Eucharistic Ministers
The Homebound Eucharistic Ministers visit parishioners who are hospitalized, homebound or in a care facility and bring them Holy Communion. The ministers have completed VIRTUS training and passed a background check. If you are unable to get to Mass and would like Holy Communion brought to you, please call the parish office at 952-835-7101.
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.
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.
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. Prayer shawls may be picked up at the parish office.
Caps for Soldiers
Part of the Prayer Shawl Ministry, Caps for Soldiers was started in 2008 and is a nation-wide ministry that has sent over 10,000 caps to our military all over the world including 2,500 caps that our Bloomington National Guard took with them when they deployed in 2011. More information on Caps for Soldiers can be found at www.capsforsoldiers.com
Senior Living Facilities Ministries
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.
Twice a year (Spring and Fall), all Catholic residents receive the Anointing of the Sick for strengthening and healing. Residents of the Masonic Home may also call the parish office if they would like the Sacrament of Anointing at any other time.
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.
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.
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. Sessions will include a presentation from facilitators who have personally experienced divorce, followed by discussion and reflection. Participants will have an opportunity to write and reflect on their personal journey and even share their stories, if they wish. Please contact the parish office at 952-835-7101 if you are interested in an upcoming series.
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.