Pastoral Ministries

Ministry of Consolation

St. Teresa of Avila has a small group of volunteer parishioners who are attentive to the needs of the community and individuals at the time of the death of a loved one and in the time that follows. This ministry serves as an adjunct to the ministry of the pastor. Understanding the healing ministry of Jesus led to the development of the National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved, Inc. This ministry is open to any parishioner who would like to be involved. The ministers:

  • meet every two months for prayer, input, sharing and planning
  • prepare the parish celebration of All Souls Day
  • arrange for a mass to be offered for each newly deceased person at the time of death and for the first anniversary
  • provide information on grief support groups for parishioners
  • provide outreach as needed and directed.
  • assist in notifying community members of the death of a parishioner.

Anyone interested in participating in this ministry should contact the Parish Office.

Ministries to the Sick and Homebound

When a member of the community becomes ill or homebound, the community of St. Teresa would like to stay connected. There are several ways the pastoral staff and other parishioners can be of service. All parishioners are asked to please call the rectory whenever someone is ill, hospitalized or homebound and leave a message for the pastor and/or other member of the pastoral staff.

  • The pastor/priests are always happy to make arrangements to celebrate the anointing of the sick.
  • Eucharistic Ministers to the sick are able to bring the sacrament of Holy Eucharist to the home at a time that is convenient for the family.
  • The person who is ill or homebound may enjoy a visit from a member of the Pastoral Staff or parishioner.
  • Volunteer parishioners send cards to the sick and/or homebound just to let them know of the care, concern and prayers of the community.

These types of outreach ministries to our parishioners are only possible when someone calls the office with the name and information about a person in need. Please remember to call. Thank you!

Greeting Cards to the Sick

When a person is seriously ill, he or she is often confused, afraid, and lonely – even in the midst of others. Yet it is often in those moments of loneliness and fear that the Lord speaks to us, comforts us, and assures us the He is near.

Christians have always prayed for and with the sick – praying for healing, for strength and for courage in the face of physical difficulties. When someone becomes seriously ill, regardless of his or her age, they are vulnerable, and often frightened and alone. Yet the Lord is near to those who suffer, He hears their cry, and would be their comfort. “Come to me, you who labor and find life burdensome, and I will give you rest…” The Lord is present to the sick, in part, through the prayers of the Church – the anointing and sacrament of the sick.

St. Teresa’s Parish offers a ministry to the sick and homebound of our parish. Ministry includes sending greeting cards to our sick parishioners.

If you or a loved one lives in St. Teresa’s Parish and wish to receive ministry to the sick, contact the parish office 415-285-8510.

If you feel a call to minister to those who cannot come to Church, we would love to have your help. Developing a lasting relationship with those who desire to remain a part of the Church can be a rewarding and generous way to be involved. Please contact the parish office. Visits may be as infrequent as once a month or as often as every week.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide Christian community; founded in Paris in 1833, by a group of young Catholic lay people and an older person, who joined together to create the first Conference. The Society, Catholic from its origins, remains and international Catholic voluntary organization of lay people, men and women.

The vocation of the Society’s members, who are called Vincentians, is to follow Christ by service to those in need through person-to-person contact. This is done by providing any form of help that alleviates suffering or deprivation and promotes human dignity and personal integrity in all their dimensions. The Society serves those in need regardless of creed, ethnic or social background, health, gender, or political opinions.

Vincentians recognize three types of membership:

Contributing Members are those individuals who regularly or in a substantial way provide in-kind or financial support but who do not engage directly in the Society’s work.

Associate Members are those individuals who are affiliated with the Society by formal action of a Conference or Council. Associate Members often assist with one or another of the projects of the Society.

Active (Full) Members are those individuals who participate regularly in the prayer life, meetings, and charitable activities through personal contact with the poor of the Vincentian Conference or Council in to which they have been received.

At St. Teresa of Avila parish there are many contributing members who provide financial support through monthly collections or through individual monetary gifts out of the generosity of their hearts. All parishioners are encouraged to be “Contributing Members” as the St. Vincent de Paul Society is the main parish outreach to the poor, a gospel requirement for disciples.

Funds that are donated to St. Vincent de Paul allows our Society to:

  1. buy food from the Food Bank when our pantry supplies are low
  2. assist people in need to cover utility bills, rent, etc. when there is an emergency or unforeseen event
  3. provide essential furniture such as beds when families are in need
  4. assist in the major works of the Society in San Francisco which includes shelters for families, detox programs, health services, etc.
  5. provide small items for personal comfort to residents of the Convalescent Hospital in our parish
  6. respond to individual needs of the poor as they are presented.

St. Teresa’s parish is also blessed with a good number of Associate Members who:

  1. come to help make sandwiches two or three times a month for distribution to the homeless
  2. come to help sort groceries and prepare Thanksgiving boxes for the poor of our neighborhood
  3. assist with the Tuesday distribution of groceries to the poor
  4. respond to the food and/or clothing drives of the Society
  5. give of their time and talent as they are able.

The Active (Full) Time members are a group of faithful Vincentians who make it possible for the parishioners of St. Teresa of Avila parish do all of the above works of charity. They meet monthly, join together in prayer, review their services to see what is working well, what needs to be modified and how to best respond to any current needs in our parish, our city, our world. When there are major trajedies such as the recent events in Haiti and Chile, the Society responds with any help that it is possible to give. Often there will be a St. Vincent de Paul national response.

Much more can be said about this wonderful ministry to the poor. Each and every parishioner is invited to consider whether or not they are called to be more involved in the St. Vincent de Paul Society. New members are always needed, always welcome and always blessed by the Good Lord.

Sandwich Committee

The St. Teresa’s Sandwich Committee facilitates and supports St. Vincent de Paul to feed the hungry through the simple act of sandwich-making. In doing so, it raises awareness about hunger and homelessness, offers relief to this front-line organization, provides leadership and opportunity to those who participate and gives food to those who need it most.

Come join the crew of sandwich makers who weekly make 200 sandwiches for St. Vincent de Paul’s. We gather on the third, fourth and fifth Tuesday of month at 9:00 am (following 8:30 am Mass) in the Parish Hall kitchen.  Any questions, please contact Stephani Sheehan (Parish Secretary) at 415-285-5272

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