Pastoral Care of the Sick & Dying

When a family member is dying

Call the Parish Office at 651-698-5581, if it is after hours push 4 for the emergency line.

Email Fr. Paul

Sacrament of the Dying (Viaticum ~ “With You on the Way”)
Formerly known as “Last Rites,” Viaticum (the celebration of one’s final communion) is best celebrated at the beginning of the dying process when family and friends can gather around the dying Christian in communion with them. While the dying process does not always lend itself to these guidelines, it is best to call the parish and make arrangements as early as possible so that family and friends can be gathered for the celebration.

Anointing of the Sick

If you or someone you know is preparing for surgery or suffering with a serious illness, you are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to strengthen you. The anointing may take place in the chapel with family and friends present, during a community Mass, or individually. Individuals should contact Karin Barrett at (651) 698-5581 ext. 105, to arrange a time for this special sacrament to occur.

Pastoral Care

Torrey Cramer-Elsner, Pastoral Care Coordinator, is here to help you with the difficult times in your life. Please contact her at 651-698-5581 x105, or email Torrey.


Care of the Sick

Communion to the Homebound
Specially trained lay ministers bring Communion to parishioners who are unable to attend Mass, but wish to receive the Eucharist. The minister typically visits every other week. Parishioners may receive Communion at home for short-term recovery from surgery or on a long-term basis. If you would like to have Communion brought to you, please contact Karin Barrett, at 651- 698-5581, or email.

Funeral Hospitality
Volunteers provide hospitality to family and friends of the deceased during the hours of vigil before the funeral.  Refreshments are provided in a caring atmosphere.

Grief Support
Coping with a death can result in stressful changes.  Gaining an understanding of the grief process in a caring and supportive atmosphere increases coping skills and leads to personal growth.  Lumen Christi Catholic Community  has its own grief support and prayer group that meets most often on the last Saturday morning of the month from 8:30-10:00 am. Lumen Christi is also part of an ecumenical group of St. Paul churches, called the Capital City Grief Coalition, who offer grief education for adults who are grieving the death of a loved one. Contact Karin Barrett, at (651) 698-5581 ext. 105 for more information or resources for young adult grief and specialized grief groups.

Hospitality Ministry
Hospitalization can be a lonely or difficult experience for people and we extend our caring ministry to parishioners there.  Upon notification that a parishioner is hospitalized, a  Minister of Care will visit, bring Communion if requested, and provide spiritual and emotional support as needed.

Due to privacy regulations, we are unable to know if you are at the hospital unless you inform us.  If you, or a family member, are to be hospitalized, please contact the Parish Office at (651) 698-5581 to let us know.

Nursing Home and Senior High-Rise Ministry
Once a month, Catholic residents of area nursing homes and senior high-rise facilities are invited to Mass or a communion service in their facility. Volunteers from Lumen Christi escort residents to the chapel, visit with them, pray the rosary, and offer care and assistance during the Mass or Communion service. Then, once a week for the rest of the month, specially trained Eucharistic Ministers bring Communion to individuals in their rooms.

Parish Prayer Line
Call or email your requests in daily and members of our Lumen Christi payer line will pray for you:
651-698-5581, email the prayer line.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Shawls have been made for centuries, universal and embracing, symbolic of an unconditionally loving God. Our mission is to provide hope, comfort and healing to those who most need a reminder of God’s love for them through the work of our hands and the prayers in our hearts.

Compassion and the love of knitting/crocheting have been combined into a ministry which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy. Upon completion the prayer shawl is blessed and is passed on to someone in need.

If you know someone who is in need of a prayer shawl, who may be undergoing a physical or emotional challenge or has experienced a personal loss or just needs a tangible reminder that there are people who care and that God continuously wraps each of us in His love, contact Karin Barrett, Director of Spiritual Care, at the parish office to pick up a shawl to deliver, or arrange for a visit.   If you would like to become involved in this ministry, we meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm in the Lumen Christi Gathering Space.

Pastoral Care Resources

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Funeral Planning

“I am not dying: I am entering life.” St. Therese of Lisieux, The Last Conversations

For Christians, the Rite of Christian Burial brings hope and consolation to the living. While proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and witnessing to the Christian hope in the resurrection, the funeral rites remind us of God’s mercy and love.

Click here for Pre-Planning a Funeral Booklet

Click here for the Lumen Christi Funeral Policy

Click here for the Lumen Christi Policy on Eulogies

Click here for Funeral Music Selections