HEALTH MINISTRY – The Health Ministry program promotes wellness through a holistic approach to health that encompasses our total being of body, mind, and spirit.

The Parish Nurse serves parishioners as a health educator, health counselor, facilitator, integrator of faith and health, advocate, and referral source. The Parish Nurse makes visits to homes, hospitals, and care centers. The Parish Nurse is able to assist church members with physical, emotional, and spiritual health needs across their life span.

Health and Wellness Programs and Offerings:

Free Blood Pressure Screenings: Offered the 3rd Sunday of the month after the 8:30 am Mass at St. James; and monthly after the 10:45 am Sunday Mass at St. Joseph.

Walking Group: Weekly walking group meets every Tuesday at 9:15 am at the customer service desk at the Hilldale Mall to walk in Faith and Fitness.

Annual Flu Clinic: Every October with free vaccines to all parishioners.

Communal Anointing of the Sick: Assisting the Pastor, each February this Sacrament, formerly known as Last Rites, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness. The anointing of the sick is also available at other times by contacting the Pastor.

Health Commission Mission: We extend the healing mission of Jesus by supporting, developing and creating a caring health and wellness orientated environment.

Members work with the Parish Nurse to plan and implement programs that promote wellness through a holistic approach to meet the needs of the parish. The volunteers promote health through “health hints” in the Sunday Bulletin and bulletin board, assist with blood pressures, and guide the parish with prevention and health promotion educational sessions. Membership is open to all parishioners interested in promoting health awareness in our parish.