Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Nativity of Mary's Pastoral Care Ministry provides support to those dealing with pain, loss or anxiety. If you would like more information on any of the ministries listed below, please contact our Director of Pastoral Care, Erin Dobesh, at (952)881-8671 x319 or email edobesh@nativitybloomington.org.


Stephen Ministry

"Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ"
Galatians 6:2, NRSV

Stephen Ministers are lay parishioners who have gone through extensive training. They are assigned to members of our faith community who are experiencing any of life's problems. The Stephen Ministers visit with their "care receiver" for about one hour per week for as long as there is a need. For more information or to learn more, please contact our parish office, review our Stephen Ministry Brochure, or visit Stephen Ministries National Site.


Anointing of the Sick

The sacrament of anointing of the sick is celebrated communally each year. Parishioners may also receive this sacrament on an individual basis by calling the Parish Office.

Hospital Ministry

Volunteers provide supportive hospital visits to any parishioner who has notified the parish of their hospitalization.


Grief Care

Parishioners are assisted in their bereavement with letters of support, direction and encouragement. We hope to help them through the grieving process by informing them of support groups & Stephen Ministry. Nativity is a member of the Bloomington-Richfield Grief Support Coalition.

Senior Hospitality

Cards and letters are sent on a regular basis to senior citizens in the metro area. These senior citizens are elders who may be homebound due to illness, aging, or a lack of relatives nearby or still living. Names and addresses are supplied by the Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly.


Funeral Lunch Hospitality

This is a self-funded all-volunteer group that provides funeral lunch hospitality for grieving families. Two Lead Coordinators work as a team for one month at a time. Coordinators contact the family to offer condolences, gather information to set up the luncheon and schedule funeral luncheon workers. Two food callers contact food donation volunteers to bring salads and desserts. These food callers also rotate on a monthly basis.


Eucharist Ministry to the Homebound

This ministry provides parishioners who are unable to attend Mass the opportunity to continue to participate in the Eucharist. Homebound Ministers bring the Eucharist to parishioners after weekend Masses or during the week. Homebound Ministry is a personally rewarding experience to the Homebound Ministers of Nativity of Mary Parish.

Prayer Chain

The Prayer Chain is a telephone network of volunteer parishioners who pray daily for the needs of others. An assigned Prayer Chain person is responsible to call the volunteers on his/her list with the prayer requests they have received. Requests for prayers may be made by calling the parish office or one of the Prayer Chain callers.


Eucharistic Ministry to Care Centers/Senior Living Complexes

This ministry provides Eucharist and/or Communion Services to Catholic Residents of three care centers and two senior care living complexes located within our parish boundaries. 

Presbyterian Homes Care Center - Every Sunday after the 8:30 a.m. Mass to assigned residents.
Golden Living Care Center - Every Friday at 10 a.m. Communion Service or assigned residents.
Nine Mile Creek Senior Living - Every Wednesday at 2 p.m. - Communion Service.
Gideon Pond Complex - Every Monday at 10 a.m.- Communion Service.
Wealshire - Every Monday at 10 a.m. - Communion Service


Angel Tree

Assist in implementing "gift giving" through the Angel Tree and the organizations we support at Christmas time. To learn more, please contact Vicki Gran.

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