St. Paul often urged the early Christians to care for one another. In Galatians he instructs them to “bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” In Ephesians, St. Paul says, “with humility and gentleness, and with patience, support each other in love.” At All Saints, we strive to live out the words of St. Paul through our Pastoral Care ministry by reaching out to those unable to participate in parish life and liturgical celebrations, as well as to those who are grieving or experiencing a difficult time in their lives. Our goal is to bring comfort, the sacraments and prayer to those in need of spiritual support and healing.
Holy Eucharist to the Homebound
All Saints Parish feels it is important for the sick, elderly, and homebound to regularly receive the Holy Eucharist, our spiritual food for the journey. Our Pastor and specially trained lay ministers offer various opportunities for the reception of Communion outside the usual Masses at church.
• Berlin Memorial Hospital – Communion is brought to the patients three times a week.
• Juliette Manor Nursing Home – Communion is brought to the residents every First Friday and Mass is offered on the second and third Thursday of the month.
• American House Assisted Living– Communion is brought to the residents every Friday and Mass is offered on the second Tuesday every
• Brown Wilcox Assisted Living- Communion is brought every Friday.
Patriot Place - Communion is brought to Catholic residents on
the first and fourth Fridays of every month. Mass is celebrated
on the third Tuesday every third month.
• Individuals confined to their own homes – receive Communion on a regular basis.
If you or someone you know is ill, or has difficulty attending Mass and would like to receive the Eucharist outside of Mass, please contact the Parish Office at 361-5252.
Ministry to the Grieving
As an extension of the healing power of Christ, All Saints Parish offers this ministry of gentle love and kindness to those in our community who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Grief ministers are parish members who have experienced grief within their own lives, and are available to provide support to family members. This support may be in the form of phone calls, notes, visits, and/or attendance at the wake or funeral service.
on grief is
available in the book rack located in the conference room at
church for you to take and read. “Healing Thoughts”,
a grief newsletter is also available monthly for those who
wish to receive it. Contact the Parish Office at 361-5252
to request a newsletter. In addition, our parish offers a special Mass of Remembrance in November during which we recall all parish members who have died during the previous twelve months. Families who have experienced this loss are invited to participate in this Liturgy.
If you have not been contacted by one of our Grief Ministers
and you wish to speak with one of them, please contact the
Parish Office at 361-5252.
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
Reconciliation for the hospitalized, elderly and homebound
is by request. Contact the Pastor at 361-5252.
Sacrament of the Sick (Anointing)
All Saints offers an Anointing Mass for the parish during the summer and at Juliette Manor Nursing Home in the fall. This sacrament is available at any time by request. Contact the Pastor at 361-5252.
All Saints’ Pastor and the Pastoral Ministry Coordinator visit homebound and elderly parishioners to assess their needs, pray with them, offer spiritual companionship and a listening presence. Visits to the homebound and those in facilities can be arranged by contacting the Parish Office at 361-5252.