Pastoral Care Ministries
Suicide Prevention Community Conversation Series
The Minnesota Department of Health and SAVE announced a new community conversation series surrounding suicide prevention. This new series will create space to learn about and discuss suicide prevention best practices and topics.
Suicide/Sudden Death Postvention Planning: Tuesday, October 20 at 9am
Each conversation will begin with suicide prevention expert, Dr. Dan Reidenberg from SAVE, providing a 15-20 minute overview of the topic, incuding general information, best practices, and practical tips. Participants will then be invited to join a moderated discussion on the topic and share their experiences or tips on suicide prevention.
Ministries modified during the COVID-19 quarantine:
Funeral services in the church are now being scheduled with limited capacity. Funeral Hospitality and Funeral Luncheons are still temporarily suspended until we can safely gather. If you have a death in your family, please contact the parish office at 952-835-7101 to notify us of your loss.
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. If you would like to participate in this meaningful ministry please contact Mia Ah Sani in the parish office at 952-835-7101.
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.
Since the pandemic has not allowed our grief support groups to meet in person, the Downtown Grief Support Group has invited members of our parish to participate in their grief support group by way of Zoom on Saturday mornings from 10:00am to 11:30am.
If you are interested, you can contact the support group via their website mplsgriefsupport.com, where you can get their phone number to call them, or you can send them an email. Once you contact them, they will call you to follow up and do a brief intake. If you are interested but have not used Zoom before, they will help you, and schedule a private zoom call before their first meeting so you can practice and feel comfortable with it.
If you have any questions, you can reach out to Mia Ah Sani in the parish office at (952) 835-7101, ext. 223.
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. If you are in need of a prayer shawl, please contact the parish office at 952-835-7101.
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:
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.
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.
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. Please contact the parish office at 952-835-7101 if you are interested in an upcoming series.
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.
Residents of the Masonic Home may call the parish office if they would like the Sacrament of Anointing.
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.