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Pastoral Care

"Bear one another's burdens & so fulfill the law of Christ"
- Galatians 6:2

Pastoral Care Needs & Opportunities

Pastoral Care brings Christ's compassion to people in emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual need, as well as helping others to recognize their gifts and empowering them to use these gifts in the service of others establishing a rich environment for building a deeper relationship with Jesus.

Pastoral Ministry provides Christ’s healing presence to those who are experiencing difficulties in their lives such as illness, relationship issues or questions of faith. Our staff is available to assist you in your emotional, spiritual and sacramental needs. 

To get involved with any of the pastoral care areas of need, or if you are in need for yourself or a loved one, please contact Deb Wegner-Hohensee

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Care and the love of knitting (and crocheting) have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. Prayer Shawl Group meets on the third Thursday of each month from 9:00 – 11:00 am at the Parish.

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Funerals

Mass Servers – Training provided
Dinner Service - Minister provide hospitality and welcome for families experiencing the death of a loved one. Teams serve a catered meal in the Gathering Space of the church following a funeral liturgy.

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Bereavement

Grief support workshop, five-week video series with grief peer group discussions

(see the EVENTS page for current schedule)

Prince of Peace Catholic Community
3425 Willow Rd. │ Green Bay │ (920-468-5718)

Grieving with Great HOPE is a five-week grief support workshop series that offers a prayerful, practical and personal approach for anyone who is mourning the loss of a loved one. If you have lost a spouse, a child (including pregnancy loss), a grandchild, a parent, another family member or a friend, you are encouraged to attend Good Mourning Ministry, a Catholic bereavement apostolate.

Registration is $10

Register by contacting the Parish Office

Parish Office 920-468-5718 or e-mail parish@popgb.org

​For more information contact Deb Wegner-Hohensee dhohensee@popgb.org

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Grief

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Bereavement & Grief
 
Losing a loved one can be one of the most difficult experiences we face in life. Bereavement is the period of grief and mourning we go through after the loss of someone we love. It is an intense emotional experience that can have a significant impact on our physical and mental health, as well as our spiritual well-being.
 
 
As Catholics, we believe in the value of life and the sanctity of every human person. When we lose someone close to us, it can be especially challenging to come to terms with the fact that they are no longer with us. However, it is essential that we take the time to process our grief and begin the healing process.
 
Why is processing grief important?
Grief is a natural response to loss, and everyone experiences it differently. Some people may feel numb, while others may feel overwhelming sadness or anger. It is crucial to recognize that grief is a journey and that it takes time to work through the pain and come to terms with the loss.
 
Processing grief is essential for several reasons. First and foremost, it allows us to honor and remember the person we have lost. It is a way to acknowledge the impact they had on our lives and the world around us. Grieving also helps us to release our emotions and begin the healing process.
 
When we suppress our grief or try to ignore it, we risk experiencing long-term negative effects on our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Unresolved grief can lead to depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. It can also impact our relationships and our ability to find joy and meaning in life.
How can we process grief?
 
 
Everyone processes grief differently, but there are some things we can do to help us work through the pain. Here are some suggestions:
 
 

  1. Talk to someone: Whether it's a trusted friend, family member, or spiritual advisor, it's important to have someone to talk to about your feelings. Sharing your emotions can be cathartic and can help you feel less alone.

  2. Take care of yourself: Grieving can be exhausting, both physically and emotionally. It's essential to take care of yourself by getting enough sleep, eating nutritious foods, and engaging in physical activity.

  3. Pray: As Catholics, we believe in the power of prayer. Praying for our loved ones and asking for strength and guidance during this difficult time can be a source of comfort and healing.

  4. Seek professional help: If you are struggling with your grief or feel like you can't manage it on your own, it's essential to seek professional help. Counseling or therapy can be helpful in working through the pain and finding ways to cope.

 
 
At Prince of Peace, we know bereavement is a natural part of life, and it's important to take the time to process our grief after the loss of a loved one. By honoring and remembering our loved ones, taking care of ourselves, and seeking support when we need it, we can begin the healing process and find a way to move forward with hope and faith.

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Prayer Chain

Parishioners are called to pray for special intentions that have been requested.

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Care Cards

Sending cards for birthdays, funerals, weddings, baptism, as well as sick and homebound.

Card Ministry: A Way to Show Love and Support

As Catholics, we are called to love and support one another as members of the Body of Christ. One way we can do this is through the Card Ministry, a simple but powerful way to offer encouragement, consolation, and solidarity to those who are going through a difficult time.

The Card Ministry is a program where volunteers send cards to people in need, such as those who are sick, lonely, grieving, or facing a challenging situation. The cards can be handmade or store-bought, but what matters most is the heartfelt message of love and support they contain. (or pick up in Deb’s office)

The Card Ministry is important for several reasons:

  • It shows people that they are not alone. When someone receives a card, they know that someone else is thinking of them and cares about them. This can bring comfort and hope during difficult times

  • It encourages people to keep the faith. A card with a message of prayer or a Bible verse can remind someone that God is with them and that they can turn to Him for strength and guidance

 

  • It builds community. The Card Ministry is a way for members of a parish or community to come together and support one another. It can also be a way to reach out to people who may not be able to attend Mass or other events in person.

 

  • It is a way to use our talents for good. If you enjoy making cards or writing messages of encouragement, the Card Ministry is a great way to use your talents to help others.​

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Care Ministry

Care Ministry is a Catholic program, sponsored by the Diocese of Green Bay that expands the pastoral care dimension offered by the church taking Holy Communion to parishioners who are homebound, in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Care Ministers actively bring the love of God into people's lives by providing a listening presence and care to those who are facing a time of crisis, trauma, or personal loss.

Care Ministers continue Jesus’ healing mission by being a listening presence to others. At Prince of Peace Care Ministers visit the elderly, home bound and those experiencing difficulties in their lives.  Ministers undergo a background check, receive training and support, and are VIRTUS- certified.

If you are interested in being a Care Minister or know someone who might benefit from regular visits, please contact the Parish Office at (920) 468-5718.

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Nursing Home/Assisted Living Ministry

Liturgy of the Word with Communion - Parishioners lead prayer services and take Holy Communion to residents in area nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
          Rosary Ministry -     Lead rosary at Nursing/Assisted Living facilities
 

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Hospital Ministry

Take Holy Communion to patients throughout the hospital.

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Blood Pressure Screenings

Licensed RN’s and LPN’s provide, screening 1st weekend of the month after Masses
 

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Illness & Death

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Visit Homebound & Elderly

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End of Life

Be Prepared for Life's Final Chapter | The Gift of Dying Well

In the event of death, Pastoral Ministry provides support and healing. Staff works closely with the family who has experienced the loss and assists them in planning the funeral liturgy. They work with the funeral home to make sure that the family’s wishes In the days and years to come, Pastoral Ministry offers grief support and bereavement services.

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Sacrament of Healing

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RICA/OCIA

Journeying with individuals inquiring about our Catholic faith.  Helping as mentors as they/we develop a deeper relationship with Christ.  

For more details on the RCIA/OCIA program at Prince of Peace, see the SACRAMENTS page:

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Eucharist Visits

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Addiction & Help

Addiction is a complex disease that affects millions of people around the world. It can take many forms, including substance addiction, behavioral addiction, and process addiction. Addiction can have devastating consequences on individuals, families, and communities, and it is important for Catholics to understand what addiction is, how to recognize it, and how to seek help.

What is Addiction?
 
Addiction is a chronic disease that affects the brain's reward system, causing a person to seek out and engage in behaviors that provide pleasure or relief. Over time, these behaviors can become compulsive and interfere with a person's ability to function in daily life. Addiction can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, environment, and psychological factors.
 
Types of Addiction

There are several types of addiction, including:

 

  1. Substance Addiction: This is addiction to drugs, alcohol, or other substances. Substance addiction can cause physical and psychological dependence, as well as withdrawal symptoms when the substance is discontinued.

  2. Behavioral Addiction: This is addiction to certain behaviors, such as gambling, sex, shopping, or gaming. Behavioral addiction can cause similar patterns of compulsive behavior and interference with daily life.

  3. Process Addiction: This is addiction to certain processes, such as eating disorders or work addiction. Process addiction can be just as destructive as substance addiction or behavioral addiction.

 
 
Why is it important to recognize Addiction?

Recognizing addiction is important because it allows individuals to seek help before the addiction becomes too severe. Addiction can have a negative impact on a person's physical health, mental health, and social life. It can also cause financial difficulties, legal problems, and relationship problems. Recognizing addiction early can help individuals get the help they need to overcome the addiction and regain control of their lives.
 
 
How to Seek Help as a Catholic
As Catholics, we believe in the power of prayer and the importance of seeking spiritual guidance. Seeking help for addiction can be difficult, but it is important to remember that there is no shame in asking for help. Here are some steps you can take to seek help for addiction as a Catholic:
 

 

  1. Talk to a Priest or Pastoral Leader: A priest or pastoral leader can provide spiritual guidance and support during your recovery journey. They can also offer resources and referrals to professional help.

  2. Join a Support Group: There are many Catholic support groups available for individuals struggling with addiction. These groups provide a safe and supportive environment where you can share your struggles and receive encouragement from others who understand.

  3. Seek Professional Help: It is important to seek professional help for addiction, such as therapy or rehab. Catholic organizations, such as Catholic Charities, may provide counseling services or referrals to professional help.

 

Addiction is a complex disease that affects millions of people around the world. It can take many forms, including substance addiction, behavioral addiction, and process addiction. Recognizing addiction early and seeking help is important for individuals, families, and communities. As Catholics, we believe in the power of prayer and seeking spiritual guidance, but it is also important to seek professional help when needed. Remember, there is no shame in asking for help.

More help and resources coming soon...

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Financial Aid & Hardship

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Counseling Support

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Help/Request Support

Do you or someone you know need help in our community? Please let us know what your needs are and we will do our best to find you the help you need.

  • Prayer (requests/intentions)

  • Emotional support such as a phone call, email, or someone to check in

  • Food (Meals prepared for me/family or groceries)

  • Baby/Toddler Needs (Diapers, wipes, etc.)

  • Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, toilet paper, pads, soap, etc.)

  • Cleaning supplies (laundry detergent, dish soap, household cleaning, etc.)

  • Pet Needs (food, supplies, etc.)

  • Other (please let us know)

  • Would like someone from the parish staff to call or visit

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