Care and Consolation

Our Purpose

To meet parish family members in times of rough seas and offer them care, consolation, and connection through support, prayer, and the sacraments.

How Can We Help?

If you or someone you know is unable to attend Mass (short or long-term) and would like the Eucharist brought to them at home or in a facility, please contact Jennifer at jrice@stbrendans.net to arrange.  Our  extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion visit weekly.

We want your parish to be the place to turn in time of need. St. Brendan offers counseling for parishioners of all ages and needs. You may contact Jennifer for a referral or any of the clinicians directly.

Jennifer Rice, MA, LISW-S is on staff and here Monday-Thursday to provide counseling to adults in the areas of grief and loss, anxiety, depression, spiritual and life concerns. She has degrees in clinical social work and theology, and brings experience working in the mental health, medical, hospice and bereavement fields. Short-term counseling is provided at no cost, but a donation to the care and consolation ministry is welcome if able.

Through an agreement with Spirit of Peace Clinical Counseling, their Catholic clinicians are available to provide support to our parishioners.  All scheduling and billing through insurance or self-pay is directly through these clinicians and SOPCC. More info on these clinicians and others from SOPCC can be found at http://www.spiritofpeaceclinicalcounseling.com/

 Honor Worthington, MA, LPCC offers counseling here on Fridays, 9-5.  She holds a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Counseling and is a certified Spiritual Director.  Honor has practiced in a variety of settings as a person- centered therapist, whose experience includes working with adolescents through the geriatric population. “I utilize a variety of disciplines that are tailored to the individual’s concerns enabling the most effective treatment for each person.  Whether you are experiencing individual, family, relationship, educational, or stage of life issues, I can help you to develop and utilize strategies designed to use your strengths more effectively in reaching both short and long- term goals.”  Contact Honor to schedule at 614-442-7650 Ext. 14  or honor.sopcc@gmail.com.

Terri Johnston, LPCC-S is a Registered Play Therapist, a Certified Trauma and Loss Specialist-Clinical, has EMDR training, and completed Level 3 Practicum Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.  Her areas of focus are children ages 5+, couples, families, and individuals.  Contact Terri to schedule at her office on Bethel Rd.  Please mention you are from St. B for priority scheduling.  614-519-7364 or terri.sopcc@gmail.com

I need a ride to Mass.

I could use a ride to the grocery store or to a doctor’s appointment.

These are a few of the needs that come to us at the parish office.  Due to diocese liability concerns, we wer not able to answer them…until now.  Our new partnership with Syntero Older Adults pairs our seniors in need with one of our trained parish volunteers for friendly visiting, rides to appointments, Mass, or the grocery store, or other projects (not housecleaning) around your home.

How it works:

Call Jennifer at 614-876-1272 to let her know your needs.  She explain the program and begin the paperwork process, referring you to the case manager at Syntero.  Please note that proof of residency and proof of income is required because Syntero is funded by the ADAMH board.  When you are in need of support, the case manager puts forth the request to our team of parishioners who have had background checks and training through Syntero.  There is no charge for this program.

Coming Events

Tuesday, 10/15/19 at 7 PM, Church – Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Service

If you or someone you love have experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillborn, or infant loss, please join us for a prayer service on the International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day of Remembrance. We will pray with scripture and the beautiful prayers of the Church as we remember each baby by name and through a candle lighting.

Month of November

The banners of those who have had their funerals through St. Brendan will be hung behind the altar for the month. All are encouraged to pray for these souls and for their families who continue to grieve their loss. Banners to write your own deceased loved ones’ names will be available in the gathering space the weekend of November 2 and 3.

Saturday, 11/2/19 at 5:30 PM, Church – All Souls Mass of Remembrance

Join your parish family and those whose loved ones have journeyed to eternal life in the last year at a special Mass of Remembrance for All Souls Day. Because this falls on a Saturday, our regular 5:30 vigil will be centered with music, readings, and prayers focused on praying for our dead and grounding our hope in Jesus and the Resurrection.

Tuesday, 11/19/19 at 7 PM, Maroon Center – Grieving with Grace Through the Holidays

Are you facing your first set of holidays without your loved one? It is common (and normal!) to have some anxiety in anticipation of this “first” Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. Should we celebrate? How much? What if I don’t feel like it? What do I need to do differently this year? How do I care for myself and my emotions at this time? How can I honor my loved one in a special way this holiday? For answers to all of these questions, join us for this free program, led by Jennifer Rice, pastoral associate and clinical social worker specializing in bereavement.

Contact Us

Jennifer Rice, MA, LISW-S | 614.876.1272 ext.227 | jrice@stbrendans.net