Pastoral Care at St. Elizabeth's
The Pastoral Care Committee is committed to making St. Elizabeth's a caring, supportive place for everyone. The Committee consists of parishioners who work at discerning and addressing the pastoral needs of the parish. Clergy and parishioners alike share in providing pastoral care at St. Elizabeth's.
If you or someone you know is physically unable to come to Church, temporarily (as in the case of hospitalization) or for a longer term, please call the Church Office to be sure that we know. The clergy visit all parishioners who are ill or homebound and regularly bring Holy Communion to those who are unable to attend Sunday services. If a member of St. Elizabeth's cannot come to Church, we will bring Church to them. Temporary or long-term infirmity should never separate us from full participation in the sacraments of the Church. The clergy are also available for pastoral counseling by appointment.
If you, or a friend, or member of your family goes to the hospital...
Visiting parishioners who are hospitalized is a priority for clergy and lay chaplains. Currently, no hospital notifies us when you register. Even if they ask to which church you belong, they use that information only for their internal records. It would be a great help to us if you or a friend or family member let us know when you are going to be in the hospital.
If you are at home but unable to come to church, we would very much like to bring communion to you. There is a special, and very brief, service for communion at home which uses bread and wine consecrated at a regular service at St. Elizabeth's. St. Elizabeth's clergy have celebrated this service with a great many of St. Elizabeth's parishioners at their homes or hospital rooms, and we offer it as a reminder that nothing separates us from the love of God, nor does absence remove us from the fellowship of the congregation.
Four times a year we organize a luncheon at the Church to bring together people who for a variety of reasons are often unable to attend on Sundays. If you would like to help prepare food or serve at these gatherings, speak call the Church Office at 201-444-2299 or e-mail the Church Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lily Bearers: An Easter Tradition at St. Elizabeth’s
St. Elizabeth’s has a wonderful tradition of sharing with parishioners the lilies which have adorned the altar on Easter Sunday. Our eldest parishioners, as well as those parishioners who have lost a parent, spouse, son, or daughter in the past year, receive a lily as a way of extending our thoughts and prayers to them during the holiday season. Individuals or families sign up to serve as “Lily-bearers” who will deliver Easter lilies to these parishioners. This is a wonderful way to meet other parishioners in a simple, beautiful way; and a great opportunity for families with young children to introduce their children to pastoral care.