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Pastoral Care

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Introduction

Villa St. Joseph is a community of healing and compassion where care of residents embraces the physical, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of the human person. Pastoral care strives to assist residents in need to experience their own dignity and value, especially when the burden of illness is felt or the anxiety of imminent death is present. Pastoral care is an integral part of Catholic Health Care. It encompasses the full range of spiritual services to include a listening presence, supporting residents facing loss and dependence, and journeying with residents in faith and the love of God.
 

Our Pastoral Care Team

The Pastoral Care Director, assisted by a team of volunteers, minister to the spiritual needs of our residents. Volunteers function as Eucharistic Ministers bringing communion to Catholic residents. They also escort residents to weekly Mass and to a monthly interdenominational service. Various prayer and discussion groups are scheduled throughout the week, such as, the rosary and fond memory discussions. A small chapel is located on the second floor that affords residents, families and staff a quiet space for prayer and reflection.
 

End-of-Life Care

End-of-Life care is especially sensitive at Villa St. Joseph. Our Pastoral Care Director’s presence and ministry to residents and their families as well as Villa staff is calming, prayerful and supportive. Quality care, emotional support and spiritual care are delivered by a team of professionals that make the journey of completing one’s life on earth to new life with God sacred. A yearly Memorial Service, with family members and friends in attendance, is conducted in memory of all those residents who have died over the course of the previous year.  Individualized and group grief support is also provided by our pastoral care staff.  For further information, call Sr. Lisa at 724-869-6304.
 

Priest Chaplain

A priest chaplain visits residents and administers the sacraments. The sacraments of Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick are always available depending on the needs of residents. A weekly Mass is offered within the Villa.
 

Sunday Mass

Residents are invited to attend the 10:00 AM Sunday Mass in the convent chapel which is located in the adjacent Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse. For safety reasons, each resident must be escorted by a family member or friend who is to remain with the resident during Mass, and to escort them back to the Villa when Mass is ended.
 
All that we do witnesses to a profound love of God and love of neighbor, without distinction, with deep respect for the sacredness of human life, and the dignity of person.