health ministry


"Kindness is a language that we all understand.
Even the Blind can see it and the Deaf can hear it."
--- Mother Theresa 

Mental Health Ministry

Parish Nursing/Health Ministers

Substance Addiction Ministry

Hospice & Palliative Care Initiative

Caregiver Resources

Mental Health Ministry

1 in 5 Americans is affected by mental health conditions. Fight the Stigma. Stigma creates and environment of shame, fear, and silence. This prevents our loved ones and members in our community from finding help. A new ministry that is developing. Let us know if you would like to be involved!

Contact Brie Anne Varick or 317-236-1543


Need Help?

Local Catholic Therapists

Pauline Kattady M.S, M.A., LMHC

317-780-1610 Ext 4

John Cadwallader PSY.D, LMHC, HSPP

Christine Turo-Shields LCWS, LCAC, Psychotherapist, Kenosis Owner


Dr. Timothy Heck LMFT Family Counseling Associates



NAMI Helpline: 800-950-NAMI

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with trained counselor. You will be connected with a crisis center nearest your location. The crisis worker will work to ensure that you feel safe and help identify options and information about mental health services in your area. Your calls are confidential and free.

CRISIS Text Line: Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained counselor for free 24/7 support.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233)

Trained expert advocates available 24/7. Help is available in Spanish and other languages.

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673)

Connect with trained staff members from a sexual assault service provider in your area that offers access to a range of free services.

Mental Illness Awareness Week (First week of October)

Mental Health Resource Available for your Parish!

To order copies in bulk please contact NCPD at or (202) 529-2933.

NAMI and NAMI Indiana

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Parish Nurse and Health Ministers Resources

Parish Nurse

The word “Parish” comes from a Greek word which means “to walk with.”
The word “Nurse” comes from a root word which means “to nourish the soul.”

Parish nursing is a unique, specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the promotion of health within the context of the values, beliefs, and practices of a faith community.

Roles of the Parish Nurse include but are not limited to:

  • Health Educator
  • Communication link and support – for those who need referrals for other services
  • Health advocate – classes on maintaining health and weight loss
  • Facilitator of pastoral care and comfort – integrator of faith and health

~Diane Reynolds, Ed. D, RN, OCN, CNE
National Association of Catholic Nurses USA – Annual Meeting, March 2013.

Mission Statement for Parish Nursing

Parish Nursing is the intentional integration of the practice of faith with the practice of nursing so that people can achieve wholeness in, with and through the community of faith in which parish nurses serve (The fourteenth Annual Westberg Parish Nurse Symposium 2000).

The concept of parish nursing is relatively new, but the role of parish nurse is deeply rooted in the Catholic Church’s healing tradition. Not only does the parish nurse often provide under represented individuals with a valuable link to health care but acting of his or her own faith the parish nurse becomes a healing hand of the Church. The Parish nurse always includes a focus on the spiritual dimension of health, often utilizing prayer, support groups and sacraments to promote healing. The parish nurse is an advocate, an intercessor, and a representative of God’s healing love.


Health Advocate

Educator on health issues

Advocate and Resource Person

Liaison to faith and community Resources

Teacher of volunteers and developer of support groups

Healer of body, mind, spirit and community

(Source: Canadian Association for Parish Nurse Ministry 2005)

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For information about Health Ministry and Parish Nursing
please email Brie Anne Varick (Eichhorn) Coordintor of Human Life and Dignity or call 317-236-1543


Prayer for Caregivers

Let us reflect on what it means to be a “healing presence.”
It is a call …
To listen more than we speak
To remain calm even when others are in chaos
To stay clear and focused even when no clear direction is apparent
To value people exactly as they are and not as we think they should be
To be with people who are suffering, rather than trying to have all of the answers or explain that which ultimately is “mystery”
To let go of the temptation to show only the clinical and professional side and to hold back the personal and human side of caring
Healing presence is not about doing something, it is about being present. And, when we enter this vulnerable state of simply being with another person who is in pain or in sorrow, we experience the healing power of God. 
And so we pray … Good and gracious God,
You are the source of all healing. In you we have a share of the wonderful ministry we call “healing presence.” Today, we pray for caregivers, that your grace moves through each of them to reveal your healing touch, your compassionate glance, your consoling words. Bless them in a special way today and strengthen them so that they might continue to be your healing presence to others.
We ask this in the power of your Holy Name.  Amen.



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