The Archdiocese of Louisville Family Ministries Office is offering a six-session training program to prepare individuals interested in providing pastoral care to the sick.
The program will train people to provide pastoral care to the homebound and those in hospitals or nursing homes.
The classes will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 7813 Shelbyville Road, on consecutive Thursdays starting March 3 and ending April 7. The course will include the following topics:
- Introduction to pastoral care
- Pastoral communication skills
- Understanding loss and grief
- Self-awareness and boundaries
- Taking communion to the sick and homebound
According to Denise Puckett, a family services project coordinator in the Family and Life Ministries Office, the training program is helpful not only to those in need of ministry but also to ministers providing care.
The training helps the ministers gain the “skills and confidence to provide a presence of love, faith and hope,” she said. “It helps them not only to minister but in their personal life to interact with family and friends in challenging times and facing illnesses. … It’s been a really great program.”
Participants may attend any or all sessions. The cost is $10 per session. For more information or to register, contact Puckett at 636-0296, ext. 1268, or email@example.com.