The Pastoral Care Ministry at the Church of the Immaculate Conception exists to give spiritual care to those parishioners who have special needs. We visit the sick, those who are homebound, those in adult homes, hospitals, and nursing homes. We visit people after they have been hospitalized upon returning home, and we follow up with Hospice patients. We keep in touch with these special people by phone and/or mail. We also work collaboratively with the Funeral Ministry.
The Pastoral Care Ministry consists of the Parish Priest, the Pastoral Care Coordinator and parish volunteers.
The Pastoral Care and Nurse Ministries at the Church of the Immaculate Conception is sponsoring a series of four presentations called "Starting the Conversation: Critical Decisions in Health Care & End of Life Issues". The Focus of these seminars will be on making "pre-planned" decisions for "end of life" issues.
The sessions are meant for all generations and are open to the parish community and the public. There is no cost. All sessions will be held from 10-11:30am at Immaculate Conception Church in the Flicker Room.
Critical Medical Decisions /Advanced Directives Tuesday, September 17th
Maureen Cavanagh, MS, MAHCM, RN, Manager of Ethics Services at St. Peter’s Health Services
Legal Issues Tuesday, October 1st
John A. Fantauzzi, Esq. Elder Law Attorney
Understanding Hospice Care Tuesday, October 15th
Patricia Spreitzer RN, BSN, Community Nurse Liaison for Rensselaer County Hospice
Wake/FuneralPlanning Tuesday, October 29th
Fr. Jerry Gingras, Pastor, Church of the Immaculate Conception
Michael DeMarco, Director of Glenville Funeral Home
Jeanne Qualters, Director of Family Services-Albany Diocesan Cemetery Office
Registration: Please call Rachel Winters, Pastoral Care Coordinator at 518-399-9168 ext.226. Registration ensures availability of materials and handouts. This series is an offering from our parish, free of charge, to all who may want to know more about these topics, but are not sure where to begin. All are welcome, please bring your friends, neighbors, or relatives.
For a printable flyer with all the details please click here.
On Monday, May 20, 2013 we held a Special Anointing Mass here at IC. This healing sacrament was for all those experiencing illness or any health problem in mind, body, or spirit, young or not so young. We had over 100 people receive this special sacrament.
Twelve folks from Baptist Health Care Center and Glendale Home also attended.
I would like to extend my thanks to all the volunteers who transported parishioners to and from church, the volunteers who greeted, handed out name tags and worship aids, and escorted people to their seats, our lectors, and the Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. A special thank you is extended to Derek Stannard and the Music Ministry for providing the beautiful music for the Mass. A huge thank you goes out to Fr. Jerry for celebrating the Mass and to Fr. Leo for concelebrating. And to Kathy Friscic and Fran Rossi Szpylczyn for all their behind-the-scenes support and to Fran for her photography expertise!!
Following the Mass, there was a luncheon in the parish hall provided by our Parish Nurse/Health Ministry. Many thanks go out to all of our parish nurses for the delicious food and all of their help to make this day so enjoyable for those who attended. Thank you to Madeline, Michele, and Patty for scooping the ice cream, and last, but certainly not least, to Lenny and Richard for setting up the parish hall.
We hold these Anointing Masses twice a year, in May and October. This celebration continues to grow into a wonderful opportunity for those parishioners and visitors to our community, many of whom are no longer able to attend Mass on a regular basis, to
come home… home to where they have friends and people who love them. Not many parishes are able to say that, but we here at Immaculate Conception are home…home for so many people and we all should feel good about knowing that we make a difference in the lives of those we encounter.
This originally appeared in the December 2nd parish bulletin and was written by Michele DiLorenzo, Faith Formation Assistant.
We give heartfelt thanks to Rachel Winters and her family. For the fifth year in a row, the Winters family made sure that our homebound parishioners who would be alone for the holiday, had a warm, home cooked Thanksgiving meal. Rachel, Frank, Luke, Colin, and one of the boys’ friends, along with Rachel’s parents, Joan and Thomas Kudlacik, prepared and delivered delicious feasts to 12 very thankful people. Every year, on the day before Thanksgiving, the Winters’ kitchen turns into a bustling and harmonious assembly line. This year, turkey, homemade stuffing, gravy, butternut squash (from
her dad’s garden), broccoli casserole and dinner rolls, along with delectable apple pie for dessert was delivered on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
Kathy Friscic happened to stop by and was amazed at the lovely scene of a peaceful preparation of turkey dinner meals. Frank was carving the turkey, Joan was stirring the homemade gravy, Rachel was spooning the food and the boys were wrapping the plates of food, inserting festive holiday napkins then separating them into labeled bags for delivery. Rachel always adds a specific treat to each person’s bag.
Then delivery begins with a phone call to say the meal is on its way. Some of the grateful recipients are already prepared with their placemats and drinks, ready to partake that evening, while others save the meal for Thanksgiving Day.
Her sons look forward to and enjoy this wonderful annual event of giving. They ring the doorbells and enjoy seeing the smiles and hearing the comments of “how much
you have grown since last year!” Everyone visits for a short while, then on to deliver some more happiness to the next person.
Thank you again, Rachel and family for five years of giving love, warm meals, and warm memories to our homebound.
Twice a year our Parish celebrates a healing Mass. Thanks to the efforts of Rachel Winters, our Pastoral Care Coordinator, the parish Nurses and several other volunteers the Mass was beautiful.
Fran Rossi Szpylczyn has written a beautiful first hand account of the morning with several additional photos for the Parish Blog.
There are many volunteering options in the Pastoral Care Ministry