In our gospels, we proclaim a Lord who suffers with the suffering, who grieves with the grieving, who knows our isolation and our pain. Every Christian is called to the tasks of healing and comforting and companionship.
— Handbook for Ministers of Care, Liturgy Training Publications
Ministry of Care
Ministers of Care are ordinary people called to minister to ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. Parishioners are commissioned by Divine Mercy to bring the compassion, prayer, and communion of the parish, and the church, to the sick and homebound. These ministers are commissioned to bear witness to the suffering of parishioners and of Christ. This is a ministry of presence: the presence of the minister of care, and the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
At Divine Mercy, we bring the bread of life, the Eucharist, to someone who cannot come to either of our worship sites. We have ministers who are trained to bring the Eucharist to our members in the hospital, nursing homes, in rehab centers, and to those who are homebound.
If you would like to become a Minister of Care or if you know someone who would benefit from a weekly visit or some companionship during an illness or period of rehabilitation, please contact:
Liz McGowen, Director of Pastoral Care and Outreach at the Parish Office, firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-446-0856 ext. 108
Caregiver Support Group
Caregiver Support Group -- Parishioners who are caring for loved ones gather weekly for an informal discussion to share experiences and offer each other support. As of August 1, 2023, we are meeting via Zoom at 2 pm on Thursdays. For the link and details please email Liz McGowen, Lmcgowen@divinemercynorthshore.org.
Family Life Speaker Series
In early 2023, our Pastoral Care Committee administered a survey to the Divine Mercy Parish community. We found that several "family life" issues were on parishioners' minds. Our Family Life Speaker Series is an effort to address those concerns.
The series will include:
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 - How To Talk To Children About Scary Things
Dr. Karen Cassiday, PhD, of the Anxiety Treatment Center of Chicago, will help parents learn concrete tips and age-appropriate strategies to feel good about discussing life's difficulties and disasters with their children. RSVP Now.
Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - What Parents Need To Know About Fentanyl-Laced Pills
With Stephanie Hoover of the Knowledge Empowers Youth Coalition and other experts, parents will learn what "fentanyl pills" are and why they are so dangerous to youth today.
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 - Domestic Violence 101
Join Shelley Welch of WINGS, our local domestic violence resource, for an informal and informative discussion about what domestic violence is and how you can help.
Anima Christi Prayer
Soul of Christ be my sanctification.
Body of Christ be my salvation.
Blood of Christ, fill all my veins.
Water from Christ's side, wash out my stains.
Passion of Christ, my comfort be.
O good Jesus, listen to me.
In your wounds I would hide,
never to be parted from your side.
Guard me when the foe assails me,
guide me when my feet shall fail me.
Bid me come to you above
with your Saints to sing your love.
Forever and ever, Amen
Pastoral Care Family Life Resources
Below are organizations and resources that serve the Divine Mercy Parish community. If you need help figuring out where to turn, or do not see what you need, please contact our director of pastoral care, Liz McGowen, at Lmcgowen@divinemercynorthshore.org or 847-446-0856 ext. 108. She is also available most weekends after the Sunday morning Masses if you prefer to speak in person.
RESOURCES FOR THE SICK, HOMEBOUND, AND ELDERLY
Available at Divine Mercy Parish:
Family Service of Glencoe
Emily Mysel, MSW, LCSW, Senior Program Manager, 675 Village Court, Glencoe, IL 60022, (847) 835-5111, www.familyserviceofglencoe.org
Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois
1723 Simpson Street, Evanston, IL 60201, (847) 332-2678, www.mealsonwheelsnei.org
Intake may be done by phone.
161 Northfield Rd., Northfield IL 60093, (847) 784-6000, www.nssc.org
This organization offers support and resources, learning programs, counseling, caregiver support, memory care programs, fitness and wellness programs, adult protective services, personal money management, and housing resources. Each day offers multiple options for seniors to connect with others.
New Trier Township
Offers a food pantry, emergency housing assistance, and other resources for residents of New Trier Township. Contact Jeanne Winsted Rosser, LCSW, General Assistance Director, 739 Elm St., Winnetka IL 60093, 847-446-8201, email@example.com.
Resources are available to residents of Northfield Township, including a food pantry.
RESOURCES FOR COUPLES & MARRIAGE
Helps couples find consolation, strength, and encouragement. This is a long-term program in a group setting with retreats. www.helpourmarriage.org
The Holbrook Center at Catholic Charities
Counseling, including marriage counseling. www.catholiccharities.net/behavioral-health-programs/adult-counseling/; 312.655.7725.
Maintains a list of counselors who understand Catholic teaching on the permanence of marriage and can help couples work toward saving their marriage; www.catholictherapists.com
Directory of Therapists
Dr. Bill Doherty, a leader in the marriage field, maintains a national registry of marriage counselors who believe marriage is an important personal, professional, and social value; www.marriagefriendlytherapists.com
Family Service Center
The Community Mental Health Center for New Trier and Northfield Townships may also be able to assist. Their intake phone number is 847-251-7350; www.familyservicecenter.com. They serve everyone from children to older adults, with multiple languages available, and take PPO and sliding-scale payments.
Please know that a referral from your doctor may also be an option.
RESOURCES FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Wings Program, P.O. Box 95615, Palatine, IL 60095; www.wingsprogram.com; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wings is our local domestic violence provider, who can offer counseling, emergency assistance, and shelter for individuals and families.
Emergency Shelter and 24-hour crisis assistance: 847-221-5680
Housing, counseling, and mentors: 847-519-7828
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE); TTY for the hearing impaired 1-800-787-3224
RESOURCES FOR BEREAVEMENT
Suicide: LOSS Program www.catholiccharities.net/behavioral-health-programs/loss-loving-outreach-to-survivors-of-suicide/
For other resources, please contact our parish director of pastoral care, Liz McGowen, at 847-446-0856 ext. 108 or Lmcgowen@divinemercynorthshore.org
RESOURCES FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Family Service Center
This is the Community Mental Health Center for New Trier and Northfield Townships. Their intake phone number is 847-251-7350; www.familyservicecenter.com. They serve all ages, with multiple languages available, and take PPO and sliding-scale payments.
Youth mental health:
If you have concerns about your child's mental health, a good starting point is with your pediatrician and the staff at your child's school. Our parish director of pastoral care would be happy to talk with you and answer questions. These additional resources are also available for parents:
CATCH offers many resources for parents, including parent support groups and information. This is a wonderful local resource founded by parents who want to help other parents.
This organization helps facilitate suicide prevention and positive mental health in schools through community advocacy and ambassadors. Many local schools have chapters of this organization. Find out more at their website, www.erikaslighthouse.org
Resources for Addiction and Recovery
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