From our Care Minister

Our Care Minister, Kem Kazmierzak, gives us an update on her ministry.

by Kem Kazmierzak on April 18, 2021

Hello,
My husband & I have been members of St. Malachy for over 20 years, raising
three boys who all attended St. Malachy Catholic School with our youngest
graduating high school in June.

I have been the Care Minister at St. Malachy for two and half years. In this
role, I do several things for our parish. I am blessed to assist Father Danda
with our funeral ministry helping families select readings and music, setting up
for the funeral Mass, and coordinating volunteers. I've served over 70 families
in these ways since I started. I facilitate visits to our homebound parishioners
and those living in nursing homes. I make sure those parishioners are visited
or called on a regular basis along with making sure they are receiving Holy
Communion and the other sacraments from Father Danda. I assist Father
Danda in his weekly nursing home Mass which rotates between six different
nursing homes we take care of. Unfortunately, since the beginning of the
pandemic, those Masses have been put on hold. I also coordinate sacramental emergency requests from our
sick and near death parishioners so that they see a priest to receive sacramental confession, Holy
Communion, anointing of the sick & the Last Rites. And, annually, I oversee our Gabriel Project Prayer
Service for those who have lost a child in October and our Mass of Remembrance for all those who have died
over the past year in November.

And, yet, I'm still trying to grow these ministries and start new ones! There is so much more I would like to do,
and one of those things is a Grief Support Group ministry. So, on Tuesday, April 20th, at 7:00pm (Holy
Family Room), I am excited to be offering our first Grief Support Group meeting. This meeting is open to
anyone who has lost a loved one. It will include fellowship and time for reflection. I will have available
resources about dealing with grief. You will have an opportunity to share and listen to others. We will pray for
our precious loved ones whom we've lost along with praying for ourselves who remain to support one another.
The Grief Support Group ministry will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7 pm in the Holy Family
Room (just off the narthex). Losing a loved one is very difficult and often traumatic; and we want to be able to
help you meet the pain of grief and move to new horizons of hope and living. If you are suffering with grief or
feel you have something to offer someone who is, I hope you will join us at one of our monthly gatherings.
Lastly check out our new website & signup for our weekly e-newsletter to stay in the know.
Do All Things with Love,
Kem Kazmierzak
Care Minister

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