Ministry of Outreach
The development of resources and connections for parishioners in times of crisis and need, as well as during times of peacefulness. Evangelizing those who feel alienated from the church. To be advocates for those marginalized while assisting them in gaining needed skills and avenues of communication in order to access basic life necessities.
“Love one another as I have loved you.” -John 13:34
What is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry is a ministry that trains lay people to offer one-on-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties and challenges in their lives. We all experience challenges in life – times when we could benefit from the support of a caring friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty, such as:
- Loss of a loved one
- Divorce or separation
- Loneliness or discouragement
- Spiritual cries
- Unemployment or job crisis
- A terminal illness
- Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
- A chronic illness
- Recovery after an accident or disaster
- And many more
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.
How You Can Help: Many gifted individuals are needed on the front lines of care, especially during times of crisis. If you or someone you know (whether it be a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker, or a relative) is hurting in some way and could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister, tell them about this ministry. Or if you are someone who is a good listener, compassionate and prayerful, consider becoming a Stephen Minister for our congregation.
For more information, please contact Cicci at 909-797-2533
Small faith communities are groups of 8 – 12 adults gathered weekly or monthly to share their faith and support one another. Time is spent in scripture study, reflection, commitment to action, and fellowship. Groups meet throughout Yucaipa/Calimesa with varying days and times. We have small groups for people of all different backgrounds. You are welcome to join at anytime. If you are interested in being involved in this process for just six to eight weeks, contact Lisa Cox at 951-295-8088.
The Bereavement Ministry of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Church is dedicated to providing Christian comfort, care and support to families by helping them prepare for the Funeral Service and by providing them with emotional and spiritual support on their journey.
The Bereavement Ministry provides the following service:
- Provide an initial interview with family for funeral liturgy planning
- Assist with the funeral service both with the liturgical set-up and with being present to the family
- Follow-up after four weeks and every other month thereafter, for the duration of one year, through phone calls
- Mail a “Thinking of You” card to the bereaved on the anniversary date of the deceased
- Offer six week Grief Share sessions throughout the year
- Facilitate a “How to Survive the Holidays” session in November
- Assist Priest and/or Deacons with the “All Soul’s Day” service
- Publish a quarterly “Good Grief” newsletter
This rewarding ministry has something for everyone. Those who are at home during the day or those who will have a few minutes to make the so much needed phonecalls or to send the “Thinking of you cards.” For information on how you can help those in our parish who walk the dark road of grief, please contact Ursula Benitez at 909-797-2533 ext. 225.
We have restarted the Parish Health Ministry at St. Frances X. Cabrini Parish. The Parish Health Ministry is a holistic ministry. The physical, mental, and spiritual dimensions of the individual and family are considered. The ministry focuses on preventive/educational health related programs. Healthy bodies, minds, and souls help us to be all that God intended for us to be. We must care for each other in all these areas. The Parish Health Ministry will address issues of interest to parishioners across the age spectrum and will partner with other ministries within the parish. Anyone interested in health is welcome. For questions please contact Iliana Ortiz Castro at 909-441-8523.
“…when I was sick, you visited me — MATTHEW 25:36”
The Homebound Ministry is an outreach service that St. Frances provides to all of its Parishioners.
In an effort to be responsive to the needs of those in our Parish who are disabled, sick, or confined to their homes due to temporary or chronic illness, which causes them to miss regularly worshipping with their Parish community, a group of Extraordinary Ministers of Communion (EMC) was formed.
We encourage all of our Parishioners who are in need of this service to please call the Parish Office at 909-797-2533 ext 225 and make a formal request.
For emergency visits due to extreme illness or for those in need of the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, please call the parish office.
We are in search of volunteers for this ministry! Volunteers need to be:
- A registered member of the parish
- 18 years of age or older
- In “Good Standing” with the church
Ministers make one visit per week on a day of their choosing. Training will be provided for volunteers prior to their first homebound visit. Call Ursula Benitez at 909-797-2533 ext 225, for additional information.
Mental Health Support for Family Members – NAMI
This support group meets the first Monday night to of each month to share resources, and support families who have a loved one dealing with mental health issues. Please contact Monica at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
The Respect Life Ministry educates and provides resources to assist us all in preserving the sanctity of life from natural birth to natural death. This ministry sponsors our Mother’s Day Rose Sale and our annual spiritual adoption of unborn infants. They periodically offer materials outside of mass for all LIFE issues including information on supporting a culture of life regarding euthanasia, the death penalty, abortion, natural family planning, embryonic stem cell research and other current issues surrounding this topic. The ministry meets monthly and welcomes new members. Please contact Marilyn Day at email@example.com for details.
PREGNANCY COUNSELING CENTER
Yucaipa Valley Pregnancy Center (909) 797-6769
32999 Yucaipa Blvd. #105, Yucaipa, CA 92399
Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
POST ABORTION HEALING AND RECONCILIATION
Hope After Abortion — It’s normal to grieve a pregnancy loss, including the loss of a child by abortion. It can form a hole in one’s heart, a hole so deep that sometimes it seems nothing can fill the emptiness.
RachelsVineyard.org — The Rachel: Hope and Healing program offered by ProLife Catholic Ministries gives support to women and men hurt by abortion, by providing telephone counselling and Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats.
Contact: Nationwide 888-456-4673 Local: Diocese of San Bernardino, Project Rachel: Hope and Healing 909-475-5352 or firstname.lastname@example.org