Care & Support

The St. Francis Family ministers to one another in times of personal hardship.

The strong personal relationships created through our active participation in worship, outreach, faith exploration or celebrations lead us to know when people are in need, and we respond with prayers, emotional support, meals, child care, or whatever is needed. Pastoral Visitors, some of whom are also Lay Eucharistic Ministers, assist clergy by visiting those in our parish who need pastoral support through an illness, loss of a loved one, or other pastoral needs.  If you need support, simply reach out to your church family and to Father Mark, and we will mobilize the troops to help as best we can.

Pastoral Assistants

Pastoral Assistants is a group of specially trained men and women of this parish who provide support to parishioners and their families, some of whom are shut-ins and some who require long-term care and attention. When we face difficult life transitions, grief over the loss of a loved one, chronic illness or a crisis in the family, Pastoral Assistants are ready to help. Communion for the sick or home-bound (or pastoral visits to the hospital) are available. Periodic workshops and support groups are organized which focus on both temporary and ongoing needs of parishioners of all ages.  To request a pastoral visit or to join this group, contact Norma Young at (301) 767-0645.

Lay Ministers

A certified lay minister is a Christian lay person who is not ordained clergy, but who can perform the same or similar functions.  They are specially trained and certified, and can conduct worship and preach the Word for those who can not get to church.  Contact Norma Young at (301) 767-0645 to request a visit or for more information.

Helping Hands

Helping Hands is an “emergency” help ministry that reaches out to the parishioners of St. Francis by providing meals, house-sitting for funerals, and providing transportation to the doctor and other important appointments. Helping Hands lovingly responds to those unexpected needs that occur in all our lives.  If you know someone who needs a visit or would like to become a member, contact Susan Dolan at (240) 472-4379.

Petal Pushers

Petal Pushers is a ministry of parishioners who rearrange and deliver the altar flowers to people who are ill, home-bound, or celebrating a joyful event. This thoughtful sharing of flowers each Sunday brings the recipients something of the peace and blessings that are present at Sunday services. To join the Petal Pushers or suggest a visit to someone in need of flowers, contact Liz Harrison at (301) 424-0229.