Pastoral Care is an excellent introduction for those already involved in the ministry of care, and for those preparing to undertake this vital work. In the course you will learn a theology of sickness and suffering; how the communion ritual works; practical advice on making pastoral visits; how to take care of yourself while caring for others; and where to find further information about illnesses affecting those you visit.

 

GENERAL COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  •   Understand Sickness and Healing.
  •   Learn the Rites of the Sick.
  •   Share the Word of God.
  •   Organize Hospital and Nursing Home Visits.
  •   Consider Concerns and Pitfalls.
  •   Evaluate your Ministry.

 

COURSE STRUCTURE AND HIGHLIGHTS:

Week 1: Called to Minister with the Sick

  • Reflect on your Parish Ministry.
  • Understand Sickness and Healing.
  • Learn the Basic Skills

Week 2: The Rites of the Sick

  • Consider Principles for Celebration.
  • Share the Word of God.

Week 3: Organizing the Visits

  • Prepare the Visits.
  • Consider General Guidelines for Visiting.

Week 4: Concerns and Pitfalls

  • Deal with Differences.
  • Consider Special Cases.

Week 5: Your own Life

  • Find Balance.
  • Evaluate your Ministry.

 

INSTRUCTOR:

Sandra Talarico

 

TEXTBOOKS:

Glen, Genevieve; Kofler, Marilyn; O’Connor, Kevin. Handbook for Ministers of Care. Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1997.

 

REFERENCES:

The Catechism of the Catholic Church.

The Holy Bible.

 

ASSESSMENT:

Pastoral Care consists of ten lessons and ten assignments, with each assignment weighted at 10% (percent) of the total grade.

 

TECHNICAL SKILLS AND EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS:

  • You must have Internet access. A high speed connection, either ADSL or cable, is recommended.
  • You should know how to use a web browser to navigate the web to locate educational resources and download files.
  • You will need the files management skills necessary to create directories, to save files and to retrieve files.