Pastoral Ministries

Pastoral Care


Pastoral Care is an outreach ministry to parish members who are ill, hospitalized, grieving the loss of a loved one, lonely, aging, homebound or in nursing homes. 


Pastoral care is a sharing of one’s time, self and faith with those who are suffering some kind of “brokenness.”  God desires us to be whole and to be healed, and Jesus frees, heals and makes people whole through us.  This ministry is a direct response to the Gospel message: “For I was ill, grieving, lonely, dying, afraid... and you visited me”. (Matthew 25:36)

Men and women who are interested in Pastoral Care Ministry participate in formation sessions to prepare them for this very important work of the church.  They learn how to minister to those suffering and to their families, to listen to others and to share the Eucharist with all who are unable to participate in our community celebration of Eucharist. 

If you would like to request this ministry for yourself or someone else, please contact the Staff Liason, Deacon Steve.  A pastoral care minister can visit and bring Communion either on a temporary or long term basis.  If you are entering the hospital, please call the office and inform them.  A pastoral care minister can be assigned prior to your admission.  If the admission is an emergency, please have someone contact the parish office as soon as possible.


Contact:   Deacon Steve Kuczma at (757) 468-3600 ext. 109  




The Church presumes that all marriages are valid, binding spouses for life. 


However, when couples separate and divorce, the Church examines in detail their marriage to determine, if right from the beginning, some essential element was missing in their relationship.  If that fact is established, it means that the spouses did not have the kind of sacred marital bond that binds them together for life.

The Church offers the opportunity for a divorced person to have his/her previous marriage examined in terms of the essential elements of the marital bond.  If an essential element is missing, then the Church issues a declaration of nullity (annulment) or invalidity and both parties to the previous marriage are free to marry in the eyes of the Catholic Church.

Since the Church views all marriage with respect, anyone, whether Catholic or not, who seeks to be married in the Church and is divorced must have his or her previous marriage annulled.

If you are divorced and would like to petition the Church to have your previous marriage annulled or declared invalid by the Church, you may contact Deacon Bob Smithberger or Fr. Matt for information on the process.

If annulment is declared, the petitioner is free to celebrate a marriage in the Catholic Church or have an existing marriage “blessed” or recognized with the Church.  If the petitioner is in an existing marriage, he or she is then able to participate fully in the sacramental life of the Church.

Contact:  Deacon Bob at (757) 468-3600 ext. 109


Funeral Reception Ministry


Out of deep compassion and care for fellow parishioners who have recently lost a loved one, our Holy Spirit Funeral Committee provides a beautiful reception after the Funeral Mass, allowing for fellowship, during which time the extended family and guests may show their love and support to the grieving family.

Ministry Coordinator:  Betty Schroeder at Parish Office (757) 468-3600


Grief Support

We have established a new ministry for members of our parish community who have lost a loved one and are looking for spiritual and emotional support, comfort, and hope during their grief journey.  Through prayer, scripture, conversation, and sharing, we provide friendship and support to those in need.

Professional speakers, informational videos and literature will also be incorporated to assist with the healing process and to provide helpful suggestions and insight during this difficult time.  Monthly meetings will be held to help with this challenging grief journey every third Tuesday of the month at 6:45 pm in the church library.


Please feel free to call Erin Laurence at 468-3600, ext. 114 for additional information.

Healing Grace CD


Experience the beauty of sacred scripture and song through Healing Grace - a compilation CD of scripture reflections, prayers, and music – and allow yourself to be transported to a place of prayerful meditation and contemplation, where you will find comfort, peace, and hope as you grow closer to Christ.   We hope that you and your loved ones will benefit spiritually and emotionally from this very special project.  Click HERE to listen and learn more.

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Vocation Ministry

The main mission of the Vocation Ministry is to help all parishioners discern God's will in their lives regardless of the vocation  - to call all people to holiness.

Our ministry focuses on this goal through prayer.  We pray for an increase in vocations for priests, religious men and women in formation, and holier marriages.

There is currently a  decline in the number of priests, religious sisters and brothers, and holy marriages.  The Vocation Ministry is a prayerful ministry that creates a culture of prayer for vocations where the Holy Spirit can speak to the parishioners through prayer.


Widows & Widowers


Our Widows and Widowers Ministry provides care and support for parishioners who have suffered the devastating loss of a spouse.


Through prayer, scripture, conversation, and sharing, we bring comfort and hope into the lives of those who are grieving.  Professional speakers, informational videos, faith-based literature, music, and outreach projects are utilized to assist with the healing process throughout this difficult and challenging journey.   


The Widows and Widowers Ministry gathers at 10 am on the first Tuesday of every month in the church library and always welcomes new members.  

Please contact the facilitator of this ministry, Erin Laurence, in the church office for more information.


Contact:  Erin Laurence at (757) 468-3600 ext. 114