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Health Ministries Advisory Commission

The Health Ministry Advisory Commission, with the Parish Nurse, integrates the caring programs that create a holistic response, such as educational events focusing on prevention of disease and injury, or screening and appropriate interventions in illness or brokenness.

These are designed to foster well-being, regardless of whether the illness or injury is cured. The mission of the commission is to involve the entire parish community in carrying out the healing ministry of Jesus through care of the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Meetings are 7 p.m. on the second Monday of every other month, except June, July and August.

For more information, contact Christy Hiltz
Parish Liaison: Kendall Keiser
Check out our Facebook page for updates and further information about our ministries/events!
Health Ministries include: 
Prayer Shawl Ministry 
A group of knitters meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 1-2:30 pm to knit or crochet Prayer Shawls. The knitters in the group begin each shawl with prayers for the recipient. Intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. When completed, the shawls are given to a parishioner who is undergoing a hospitalization. 
Contact: Margie Hoover, 513-474-1258
If you wish to knit or crochet a shawl at home, please contact Mary Selvaggi: 513-388-4184
Elizabeth Ministry
The Elizabeth Ministers are a group of women who minister to young families in childbearing years. Ministers are able to offer support, encouragement, and prayers during times of celebration and times of sorrow. The Elizabeth Ministers coordinator the Expectant Parent Blessing and also deliver a gift from the parish when the baby is born or adopted. The Elizabeth Ministers meet in the Guadalupe Room on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in November and May. Contact Cheryl Auer RN 513-633-0623
Eucharistic Ministry to Homebound 
Trained Eucharistic Ministers, through this compassionate ministry, reverently administer the Holy Eucharist to those who are ill or temporarily unable to come to church and are confined to home. These Communion ministers need to be good listeners, friendly, and willing to spend time with people. Flexible schedules are helpful. Contact: Marge Gutekunst, 513-474-2194
Eucharistic Ministers to Care Facilities
Ministers visit, pray, and take Holy Communion to other Catholics in various facilities. 
The Anderson - Ellen Rohan (513)-305-6551
Asbury Woods - Pat Riehle (513)-914-5530
New England Club - Marie Monaco (Sundays) - (513)-236-2934
Sem Manor - Kathy Schutte 513-474-4191
The Ashford and Harmony at Anderson Senior Living - Steve Crowe - 513-688-0070
Blood Pressure Screening
Occurs on the second weekend of the month from September to June before and after the 9:30, 11:30, and 1:30 pm Sunday Masses in the Lourde's Room. Contact: Marty Walker, RN, 513-673-8448
Medication Educational Ministry
This is a ministry of education and awareness, offering parishioners a confidential one-one-one evaluation and educational meeting from a pharmacist about their current medications. Information will be provided regarding uses, precautions, administrations, interactions, and side effects. Family members and caregivers are encouraged to attend. Contact Kim Bayliss, PMD at 513-478-2616. 
IHM Support Groups
Cancer Support Group, Grief Support Group, Caregiver Support Group, Divorce Support Group for Children, the Alzheimer's Support Group, and Catholic in Recovery. See "Support Groups" Tab for more information about each group. 
Yearly Events Hosted by the Health Ministries
Communal Anointing of the Sick - a 3 pm separate Mass scheduled twice annually in the church and planned by the Health Commission. Next Communal Anointing of the Sick is March 11th 2023 at the 5 pm Mass. 
All Souls Mass and Reception - Bereavement Team hosts an annual All Souls Mass to honor those who have passed away in our parish over the past year. The next Mass will be November 2, 2023. 
Hoxworth Blood Drive - occurs annually. Next Blood Drive will be January 27, 2023. 
Expectant Parent Blessing - offered by the Elizabeth Ministry twice a year in June and December in the Guadalupe Room.