Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

The pastoral care of God’s people and creation is an integral part of the life and ministry at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church. We desire to provide pastoral support and resources which meet the needs of the members of the community. The ministries of pastoral care offer opportunities for parishioners to live out their baptismal call to be Disciples of Christ and servants of their brothers and sisters.

Pastoral care ministry brings compassionate care to the many diverse needs within our Church community. The ministry includes prayer, support and guidance through life’s transitions and crises. We care for the elderly, particularly those who are homebound or in care facilities. We care for those who are dying and their loved ones. We offer prayer and moral support on behalf of the parish community. We provide compassionate one on one ministry to those in need. Nativity of Mary also maintains a listing of local community resources which are available to persons seeking information and services.

If you would like more information on any of the ministries listed below, please contact our Ministry Coordinator, Beth Gaetz, at

Stephen Ministry

"Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ"
Galatians 6:2, NRSV

Stephen Ministers are lay parishioners who have gone through extensive training. They are assigned to members of our faith community who are experiencing any of life's problems. The Stephen Ministers visit with their "care receiver" for about one hour per week for as long as there is a need. For more information or to learn more, please contact our parish office, review our Stephen Ministry Brochure, or visit Stephen Ministries National Site.

Anointing of the Sick

Parishioners may call the Parish Office at (952) 881-8671 about receiving the sacrament of Anointing of ths sick. 

Hospital Ministry

We provide supportive hospital visits to any parishioner who has notified the parish of their hospitalization.

Eucharist Ministry to the Homebound

This ministry provides parishioners who are unable to attend Mass the opportunity to continue to participate in the Eucharist. Homebound Ministers bring the Eucharist to parishioners after weekend Masses or during the week. Homebound Ministry is a personally rewarding experience to the Homebound Ministers of Nativity of Mary Parish.

Eucharistic Ministry to Care Centers/Senior Living Complexes

This ministry provides Eucharist and/or Communion Services to Catholic Residents of three care centers and two senior care living complexes located within our parish boundaries. 

Presbyterian Homes Care Center - Every Sunday after the 8:30 a.m. Mass to assigned residents.
Golden Living Care Center - Every Friday at 10 a.m. Communion Service or assigned residents.
Nine Mile Creek Senior Living - Every Wednesday at 2 p.m. - Communion Service.
Gideon Pond Complex - Every Monday at 10 a.m.- Communion Service.
Wealshire - Every Monday at 10 a.m. - Communion Service.

Prayer Chain

The Prayer Chain is a telephone network of volunteer parishioners who pray daily for the needs of others. An assigned Prayer Chain person is responsible to call the volunteers on his/her list with the prayer requests they have received. Requests for prayers may be made by contacting Beth Gaetz or one of the Prayer Chain callers.

Grief Care

Parishioners are assisted in their bereavement with letters of support, direction and encouragement. We hope to help them through the grieving process by informing them of support groups & Stephen Ministry. Nativity is a member of the Bloomington-Richfield Grief Support Coalition.

Senior Correspondence

Cards and letters are sent on a regular basis to senior citizens in the metro area. These senior citizens are elders who may be homebound due to illness, aging, or a lack of relatives nearby or still living. Names and addresses are supplied by the Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly.

Funeral Lunch Hospitality

This is a self-funded all-volunteer group that provides funeral lunch hospitality for grieving families. Two Lead Coordinators work as a team for one month at a time. Coordinators work as a team to arrange the luncheon workers, food ordering and food donations.  Food donations are solicited from Parish members either by Sign-UP Genius or phone calls.  Parish members can volunteer to be Funeral Luncheon Coordinators,  Luncheon Workers or Food Callers.  Coordinator  and food callers volunteer for one month intervals. Luncheon Workers are called on as needed and do not have to commit to any specific day or month.

Angel Tree

Assist in implementing "gift giving" through the Angel Tree and the organizations we support at Christmas time. If you would like to learn more, please contact the Parish Office.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Nativity of Mary is blessed to have many dedicated women who knit and crochet beautiful prayers shawls for our parish community. A prayer shawl is intended to be a reminder of God's ever present love. It is a gift for every time and every occasion - joyful or sorrowful - for every season and circumstances of life - chosen or not chosen, when you are weeping or when you are celebrating. Wear it whenever you would like to be reminded of God's loving presence. If you or someone you know would benefit from this beautiful gift, please contact the Parish Office.

Eye Glass Donations

Nativity of Mary has been collecting used eye glasses to be donated to the Lion's Clubs International and specifically for the Minneapolis Airport Lion's Club for many years. A donation box is located in the Caritas Room on the bookshelf for both youth and adult glasses along with the cases if available. Sunglasses are also appreciated.

Hearing Aid Donations

Used hearing aids can also be donated and can be left near the Lion's Club donation box.

Veterans Coat & Winter Items Drive

The Veterans Coat & Winter Items Drive happening the weekends of January 15-16 and 22-23.  Nativity of Mary is thrilled to partner with Every Third Sunday (ETS), a veteran support organization. ETS located just 5 blocks from the Minneapolis VA center considers faith to be the keystone to everything they do.  They believe modern medicine can treat the physical injuries a vet sustains in service, psychiatry can assist with the emotional difficulties, but the wounds to the soul many veterans struggle with cannot be healed without divine intervention and a belief that we are all here for a purpose. 

We are asking the Nativity of Mary community to support this organization by fulfilling the tangible needs of veterans through donating winter coats and other winter items. Below you will find a list of some of their most needed items. Large donation boxes will be placed at the main entrances January 15-23.  Please consider donating your gently used items. 

Every Third Saturday a Veterans support organization is in desperate need of: 

  • Winter coats 
  • Boots
  • Hats 
  • Gloves
  • Winter underwear

Other accepted items:

  • Blue jeans
  • Shirts
  • T shirts
  • Sweat clothes (XL,2XL)
  • Shoes
  • Diabetic socks
  • Men’s boxer underwear
  • Women’s briefs (M (6), L(7), XL (8))

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