Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care brings the compassion of Jesus to those who are hurting – in times of illness, death, transition or other circumstances. Your parish staff, along with trained volunteers, is available to assist with spiritual, emotional, or sacramental needs.

All volunteers have completed background checks, training, and VIRTUS certification.

The Sacrament of Anointing is available upon request from one of our parish priests for those who are seriously ill or anticipating surgery.

To request any Pastoral Care service or to volunteer for ministries, contact the Parish Office at St. Mary or St. Francis Xavier to make arrangements.


Care Ministry

Care Ministers serve God and their fellow parishioners by being a prayerful, listening presence to those who are homebound, in care facilities, lonely, grieving or hurting in some way. When we care for the sick, lonely and hurting, we follow in the footsteps of Jesus. We are “servant leaders” in that we lead by example of service.

The Care Ministry program of St. Mary & St. Francis Xavier Parishes is part of the Green Bay Diocesan Care Ministry program. Training is provided by the parishes.

Communion to the Homebound

A Eucharistic Minister or Care Minister can bring communion to a home or care facility for anyone who is unable to attend Mass at church.

We encourage you to let us know if there is a change in your residence. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities do not notify the parish when a new resident arrives. Your parish is happy to support your spiritual needs as you transition to a new home or care facility.

Hospital Visitation

The Pastoral staff is available to bring support and comfort to our parishioners during a hospital stay. Privacy policies at hospitals prevent them from notifying us of your admission unless you give them verbal permission to do so. You can request that the hospital notify the parish. In addition, it is a good idea for you or a family member to call the Parish Office to ensure that we are aware of your hospital stay.

Mass & Liturgy of the Word with Communion Services

St. Mary and St. Francis Xavier Parishes provide weekly opportunities for Communion at Angel’s Touch on Angel’s Path and at Angels on Arcadian in De Pere.

One of our parish priests celebrates Mass at Angel’s Touch during the second full week of each month. Liturgy of the Word with Communion is offered during the other three weeks of the month and is led by a deacon or trained lay minister.

Weekly Communion is offered to the Catholic residents of Angels on Arcadian by our Eucharistic Ministers.


Prayer Shawl Ministry is a group of volunteers who use their creative talents to knit and crochet prayer shawls for the purpose of providing comfort, warmth and nurturing to those who may be experiencing a difficult challenge. Shawls are blessed during Mass and made available to those in need of comfort at no cost so they may feel and know the prayerful support of their parish community. The prayer shawl is a gentle reminder of God’s tender love and care, and the ongoing prayers that are said for the one receiving the shawl.

Small white prayer shawls are created and blessed for babies and children who are being baptized.

Prayer Shawl Ministry gathers in prayer and fellowship on the second Tuesday of the month at the St. Francis Xavier Parish Office at 1:00pm and at the St. Mary Parish Library at 6:30pm from September through May. New members are always welcome.

Please call the Parish Office at St. Mary or St. Francis Xavier if you or a family member would like a prayer shawl.

Bereavement Ministry

Funeral Planning

Our Pastoral staff works closely with families and their chosen funeral home to provide support and assistance in planning the funeral liturgy. The staff is also available for vigil and committal services. The funeral home contacts the parish when a parishioner has died and helps to coordinate the funeral service.

Funeral Luncheons

Our parish facilities are available for funeral luncheons. St. Mary Christian Ladies sponsor the luncheon, and volunteers prepare and serve the meal for groups of up to 200 people in the Social Hall after a funeral service. Funeral luncheons at St. Francis Xavier are served by The Altar Rosary Society for groups of up to 130 people. The funeral home works with the parish to coordinate the luncheon. Evening meals are not provided.