Named after St. Catherine of Siena, the 14th century Italian nun known for her care of the sick, St. Catherine’s Guild offers pastoral care to the elderly and homebound in our parish family. This group of men and women show Christ’s love through visits, cards and phone calls.
Speaking about her experience, one member said, “I decided to invite one of the ladies to lunch with myself and Father Browder. It was fun to connect with someone whose name I have seen many times, but I have never really known.”
Another member shared, “When I was little, my mother participated in a weekly Bible study with two elderly women. She always came back with the best stories about the church’s past – whether overcoming obstacles or showing humor. By participating in this ministry, I too can connect with the St. Thomas story.”
St. Catherine’s Guild is one of the ways we answer biblical injunctions to give pastoral care to our neighbors. As one of His last acts on the Cross, Jesus ordered the apostle John to care for his mother Mary. In Acts 6, we learn that the early Church chose seven holy men to be deacons, in part because the widows were being overlooked in the distribution of food. As it says in James 1:27 (NIV) “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…”
We always welcome more men and women to show a servant’s heart and minister to the home-bound. For information, please contact the church office at (713) 666-3111.