Ministries of Mercy page from the Diocese of St. Petersburg Web site. Click to enlarge.
St. Raphael's Nursing Home Visitation Ministry is highlighted on the Diocese of St. Petersburg's Web site under a Ministries of Mercy banner.
Parishioner Louise Barrett, who coordinates the ministry, is quoted as saying, "We visit the residents to bring the Lord to them and because some have no family and our visit may be the only one they receive." She mentions that she and eight other parishioners visit the nursing home each week. She has been visiting for 11 years.
The article describes in detail the activities of the ministry during a recent visit to the Shore Acres Nursing Home. Linda Champion and Joan Priest also are mentioned in the article. Linda is quoted as saying she was scared at first but now can't give up the ministry.
Several other ministries at various parishes in the diocese are featured as well, including St. Joseph, St. Gabriel, Prince of Peace, Lorenzo Terrace II, All Saints and St. Jerome.
Bishop Lynch started the Ministries of Mercy initiative in 2006 to support and foster parish ministries that serve the poor, suffering and marginalized.
If you're interested in the nursing home ministry: Call Louise Barrett at (727) 821-2561 or send her an e-mail at AMBLAB.@aol.com