The Pastoral Care Commission
The Pastoral Care Commission assists the pastor in meeting the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of the Body of Christ. Each member of Pastoral Care, whether staff or trained steward, is committed to serving with love and integrity demonstrated by the life and ministry of Jesus. Chair: John Clemens. Staff liaison: Demetra Schwieger, 253.272.5136 ext. 103.
Pastoral Care Programs
Divorce Support Ministry
This group welcomes anyone divorced, contemplating divorce, or in the process of divorce. It is our belief that God can be present during this difficult time in our lives and is using us to be channels of support and love to help each other through this time of grieving and pain. Group members are encouraged to tell their “stories,” as it seems that in telling comes eventual healing. We have been working out of the book Spiritually Healthy Divorce by Carolyn Call and use this as a starting point for our conversations and sharing. So if you are newly divorced or divorced for twenty years and feel the need to continue healing in a supportive and caring environment, we welcome you! We meet the first Thursday of the month in the rectory from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. For more information please contact Colleen Mulligan at email@example.com.
St. Leo’s Club
The St. Leo’s Club is an organization that promotes recreational and social activities for parishioners of all ages. They plan and coordinate trips to Mariners games, family picnics, and Leavenworth, and are open to further suggestions regarding ways of bringing community together for entertainment and fellowship. If you would like to help in the coordination of events please contact staff liaison Demetra Schwieger at 253.272.5136 ext. 103.
St. Leo’s Adult Group
The St. Leo’s Adult Group invites our single parishioners (including those widowed and divorced) to meet monthly for the purpose of faith sharing, support, companionship, and a meal. For more information please contact Demetra Schwieger at 253.272.5136 ext. 103.
Take Charge of Your Wellness
Take Charge of Your Wellness is an education and support group - a “Circle of Support” for anyone wanting to remain as healthy as possible, improve their health, or seek support in coping with any chronic condition. For more information please contact Kathy Hitchcock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Recording Ministry makes the 10:30 AM Sunday homily available on audio CD for those who do not have access to a computer and who are unable to come to Mass. The recordings are also available at the St. Leo Parish website: http://stleoparish.org/a/podcast.htm. For more information contact Demetra Schwieger at 253.272.5136 ext. 103.
Pastoral Care Ministries
After Mass Hospitality
Volunteers build community after the weekend Masses by preparing and serving coffee, tea, cookies, etc. and helping with clean-up. To help after any of the Masses please contact Demetra Schwieger at 253.272.5136 ext. 103.
Altar Society’s primary function is to care for the altar linens and help with cleaning when necessary. All women in the parish are considered members. A $2.00 contribution annually is optional but most helpful.
We ask for homemade or bakery style cookies for our funeral receptions and special events.
The Health Care Ministry
The mission of the Health Care Ministry, a program of the Pastoral Care Commission, is to be a loving family of health care ministers, promoting health and wellness of body, mind, and spirit within the congregation. We do this through screening, teaching, and referral. There are parish nurses who oversee this ministry with a team of members involved in some aspect of health care in the greater community. This ministry provides the St. Leo Community with access to medical resources, monthly blood pressure checks, and annual CPR classes. This ministry also sponsors a blood drive and an annual health information table, and provides speakers on topics relevant to the health care of the community. For more information on this ministry please contact our parish nurses: Kathy Hitchcock at email@example.com or Eileen Weeg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fitness Program for Seniors
A weekly exercise program to improve overall fitness: balance, strength, agility, flexibility and endurance is lead by Linda Parrish, Certified Personal Trainer.
Parishioner Peter Roderick, who is Silver Sneaker Certified, leads a walking program every Monday from 11-noon. If you are interested in being a part of this great exercise program please contact Kathy Hitchcock at email@example.com.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry
We have a group who knit and pray together on the third weekend of the month in the Hospitality Area of the church before and after the 5 PM and 10:30 AM Masses. The prayer shawls are given to those in our parish who are ill, whether emotionally, spiritually, or physically. Many knitters knit/crochet these prayer shawls at home while praying for needs of the person who will receive the shawl. The type of yarn we use for these prayer shawls is Lion Brand Homespun and it takes three skeins to make a shawl. For more information on this ministry and directions on how to make a prayer shawl, please contact Kathy Hitchcock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Remembrance Basket Ministry
The Remembrance Basket Ministry comes out of our Health Care Ministry. Approximately two to six months after the death of a parishioner, a two-member team visits the home of the family to pray with, listen to, and support them.
The Hospitality Ministry
The Hospitality Ministry prepares and serves food and refreshments to compliment parish socials, funerals, meetings, and liturgical celebrations. This ministry also needs folks to work on special events during the year.
McNeil Island Detention Ministry
The St. Leo Community provides a weekly liturgy for the Catholic residents at the Special Commitment Center (McNeil Island). Mass is celebrated there several times a year. We have a team trained to work with this special population to provide prayer, reflection, faith sharing, and communion. The obligation would involve your participation once every four to five weeks. For information regarding this ministry please contact Demetra Schwieger at 253.272.5136 ext. 103.
Pastoral Care Team
The Pastoral Care Team takes the Good News and Eucharist to parishioners in their homes, in the hospital, and in retirement and assisted living/care facilities. This ministry involves listening, prayerfulness, caring, presence, and personal commitment.
Prayer Line Ministry
Prayer Line intercessors receive prayer concerns individually or through the anonymity of a prayer line. While everyone is invited to participate as Prayer Ministers, this ministry provides particularly rich opportunities for the elderly and the homebound.
The Transportation and Helping Hand Ministry
We are seeking volunteers in various parts of Tacoma to provide short rides to church, the store, doctor appointments, or to deliver meals in times of need. These supports are organized on an individual need basis.
The Writing Ministry
The Writing Ministry sends messages of care and support to those experiencing illness, setbacks, and personal loss. This ministry also sends birthday congratulations to our senior members.