Ten Ways to Support
in Your Parish
1. Get and read a copy of the United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops’ "Blessings of Age: A Pastoral
Message on Growing Older Within the Faith Community." Purchase
copies to make it available for parishioners. (For more information,
2. Survey the parish to identify the needs of the
caregivers in your community.
3. Collect and distribute information from the
local Area Agency on Aging, diocesan programs, the Internet, and
4. Start a caregiver support group.
5. Talk about caregivers in homilies and remember
them in the Prayers of the Faithful at Mass.
6. Regularly provide caregiver information in the
parish bulletin and school publications and on the parish Web site.
7. Have parish
pastoral ministers making visits to the homebound also offer
assistance and encouragement to their caregivers.
8. Host a "Caregivers’ Day" to honor
your families’ caregivers with an event that recognizes their
contributions, offers them information to help them in their tasks,
and gives them an opportunity to meet fellow caregivers. (Include
respite care as part of the event for those who need it.)
educational presentations for pastoral care ministers and parish staff
to increase their awareness of a caregiver’s roles and needs.
10. Set up prayer chain so that fellow parishioners
can remember the needs of caregivers in their prayers.