Pastoral Care of the Sick & Dying

When a Family Member is Dying

We want to support you. Call the Parish Office at 651-698-5581 and we will connect you with Fr. Paul or another support person. If it is after hours push 4 for the emergency line.

You can also Email Fr. Paul.

Sacrament of the Dying
Formerly known as Last Rites, we now call the Sacrament of the Dying Viaticum, meaning “with you on the way.” Performed by a priest, it is the celebration of one’s final communion and offers nourishment for the journey into death and new life. Viaticum 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 are 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 and offer you community support. The anointing may take place in the chapel with family and friends present, during a community Mass, or individually. You may contact Fr. Paul at (651) 698-5581 x102, to arrange a time for Fr. Paul to facilitate this special sacrament.

Pastoral Care

Torrey Cramer-Elsner, Pastoral Care Coordinator, is here to connect you with community support and is also available to provide direct support during difficult seasons in your life. You may contact her at 651-698-5581 x105, or email Torrey. Torrey works for LCCC part time and will respond as soon as she is able.

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Support for Parents Following Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Loss

Life after miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss develops differently for everyone, and grief can present complexities, challenges, and – at times – deep loneliness, silence, and isolation. A person who has lived a similar loss can be an especially comforting, resourceful companion on the journey. At Lumen Christi, a parishioner who experienced the stillbirth of her child offers support as-needed to parents who are grieving similar losses.  If you would like to be connected with this parishioner, please contact LCCC’s Pastoral Care Coordinator, Torrey vial email or phone, 651-698-5581×105.

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 Torrey via phone at 651-698-5581 x105 or via 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
Death brings change, and change can often be stressful. Developing an understanding of the grief process in a caring and supportive atmosphere increases coping skills and leads to personal growth. Lumen Christi Catholic Community will offer grief support in a prayerful, group setting as needed. Please contact Torrey at (651) 698-5581 x105 with interest, or for more information and resources for child, young adult, or other specialized grief.

Hospitality Ministry
Hospitalization can be a lonely, difficult experience for people. We seek to be companions to our community members during hospitalizations and extend a caring hand to let you know you are not beyond the embrace of the parish. 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 Torrey Cramer-Elsner or 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 in or email your prayer requests daily and members of our Lumen Christi prayer line will hold you and your intentions in their own regular prayers. Please let us know how specific we should be in the request we pass on to our Prayer Team Volunteers, and please communicate requests for you or your immediate family only to preserve the confidentiality of our parishioners. You can call 651-698-5581 or email the prayer line to share your requests.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Shawls have been made for centuries, universal and embracing, symbolic of an unconditionally loving God. Our mission is to provide tangible reminders of hope, comfort and healing to those who most need a concrete example of God’s embrace.

The prayers in our hearts join with the work of our hands to create shawls for those hospitalized, in care centers, or at home; those journeying through a physical or emotional challenge, a loss, or simply need a tangible reminder that there are people who care and a God that loves them. Upon its completion, the prayer shawl is blessed and given to someone in need.

If you or someone you know would like a prayer shawl, contact Torrey Cramer-Elsner via phone, email, or drop into the parish office to pick up a shawl 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 5:30 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