The Bereavement Ministry of St. Walter Parish assists the bereaved families by preparing the church; seating the family and guiding them throughout the Funeral/Memorial Mass. Their goal is to serve the family in making the Mass a special celebration of their deceased loved one. As a part of St. Walter’s Bereavement, Volunteer Ministers need a flexible schedule as they are called year round.
The Bereavement Associate’s duties include grief support and aiding families during the preparation and funeral. Weekly and monthly grief support groups are available year round. Quarterly Masses of Remembrance and an All Soul’s Day Mass are offered to bereaved families in memory of their deceased loved ones.
The Hospital ministry is made up of dedicated people who visit parishioners from St. Walter Church at Alexian Brothers Hospital in Elk Grove Village. Our purpose is to visit our parishioners so they know that they are being thought of, prayed for and not forgotten. A visit usually consists of a short conversation and praying together.
The ministers check if the hospitalized parishioners would like to have their name put on the prayer list read at Mass or in the bulletin. The parishioner may request one of our parish priests to visit. We relay the message to the staff at St. Walter Church.
A visit normally lasts about ten or fifteen minutes. This is a small ministry that has been very well accepted by patients and their families.
Ministers of Care
Every weekend the Ministers of Care from St. Walter Parish visit the homebound parishioners, leading them in a Communion Service. The visits are either on a temporary or permanent basis. The ministers serve not only homes in our parish but also Sunrise Senior Living; Abbington Rehab and Nursing Home, Manor Care Health Services and the Ray Graham Center. Volunteer Ministers visit the homebound normally on a monthly basis as a part of St. Walter’s Pastoral Care team.
At Sunrise, Ministers of Care invite the residents to participate in a Communion service every other Wednesday. On the alternating Wednesdays, the Pastor or Associate Pastor welcome the residents to partake in the Celebration of the Mass. Two to three Sunrise Ministers of Care are assigned each month as part of St. Walter Pastoral Care.
Every other Tuesday St. Walter Ministers of Care invite Abbington Rehab and Nursing Home residents to participate in a Communion service. On alternating Tuesdays the Pastor or Associate Pastor welcome the residents to partake in the Celebration of the Mass. Because of the weekly visits, the nursing home parishioners know they are not forgotten. Under St. Walter’s Pastoral Care, two to three Abbington Ministers of Care provide this spiritual care every month.
Every Monday, St. Walter Rosary Ministers lead the Abbington Rehab and Nursing Home residents in praying the Holy Rosary. The ministers provide the residents with a rosary and a booklet on how to pray the rosary. Under St. Walter Pastoral Care, the Abbington Rosary Ministers provide this spiritual care every week year round.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
For centuries, Prayer Shawls have been a symbol of a loving and caring God. The purpose of the Prayer Shawl Ministry is to reach out to those in need. We strive to bring consolation to the grieving, comfort to the sick and hope to those in despair. Members of this ministry create knitted and crocheted shawls and blankets, as well as fleece blankets for those in need. In addition, we make baby hats, welcoming the newly baptized in our parish.
All ages are welcome. If you know how to knit or crochet, great. If not, we will teach you. Thanks to the generosity of our parishioners, we provide all of the yarn. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month between 5:30 and 8:00 P.M. in the Ministry Center Chapel. Recipients of our work are Amita/Alexian Brothers, Vitas Hospice and our own St. Walter Parishioners.