(This painting is behind an altar in the Church of St. Mary Magdaline in the town of Magdala in Galilee.)
I have been a member of the Healing Ministry Team at St. Andrew Church for 7 years. It is a privilege and joy to have been called to this special parish ministry. The people with whom I serve are faith-filled, loving women who share their love of God and others in the sacred space of our sessions. I am also deeply touched by the faith and gratitude of those who attend. This ministry has brought me closer to our loving, merciful God and more open to respond to the needs of others with increasing love and compassion.
She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. Mk 5:27
As members of the Body of Christ, we are called to serve one another with compassion and generosity. The Healing Ministry follows Catholic traditions of prayer and care combined with the principles and techniques of the accredited educational nursing curriculum of Healing Touch Program. We welcome and serve everyone – those experiencing illness or recovery and those who wish to support wellness in their lives.
Sessions are usually offered on the second Saturday of each month September through May at 9:30, 10:10 and 11:00. Join us in a peaceful, prayerful time with God and the members of the ministry. Those who are interested in learning more about the St. Andrew Healing Ministry are invited to attend our sessions, consider volunteering as a greeter or enroll in a weekend Healing Touch Program Level 1 class prior to becoming a member of the ministry team.
Lord, you have chosen us to know, love and serve you. Help us to discern how we may honor you and serve your people through the ministries of our parish. Amen
Pat Meisner is a retired elementary teacher and administrator. She has been a parishioner for ten years and a member of the St. Andrew Healing Ministry for seven years. She is on Christ Renews His Parish – Team 10, and previously participated in Bible Study. In addition to being a Healing Touch Practitioner she is a member of the first cohort of the Living School for Action and Contemplation of the Rohr Institute in New Mexico.