A small group of parishioners, having felt called to minister to the sorrowing and grieving, have undertaken to provide consolation, support, and direct practical assistance to individuals and families who have experienced the death of a loved one. These ministers strive to ease the burden of those involved in planning a funeral liturgy, be it a liturgy/Mass or memorial service. They are able to assist with the grieving process, explain and help the grieving select the elements of a prayerful and respectful liturgy, act as liaisons between the family and the priest, ministers, musicians and others, as needed, as well as assist in accessing resources available before, during, and after a death occurs.
Contacts: Pat Riehle, 513-232-0392; Mary Selvaggi
This ministry works with the Bereavement Ministry, helping a grieving family by providing a gathering space and hospitality to celebrate the life of their deceased loved one. If your gifts lie in consolation and healing of the grieving, please consider becoming a bereavement hospitality minister.
Contact: Rosemary Mahoney, 513-460-2050
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
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 Mary Selvaggi: 513-388-4184
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
IHM Support Groups:
Cancer Support Group, Grief Support Group, Caregiver Support Group, Divorce Support Group for Children, and the Alzheimer's Support Group. 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 October 22, 2022.
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, 2022.
Hoxworth Blood Drive - occurs annually. Next Blood Drive will be in 2023.
Expectant Parent Blessing - offered by the Elizabeth Ministry twice a year in June and December in the Guadalupe Room. Next blessing is December 4, 2022 after the 9:30 am Mass.