Pastoral Care Committee

The Pastoral Care Committee (PCC) was established in 1997 as a result of the Task Force for the Diocesan Millennium Study. The purpose of the Committee is to address and coordinate the ministry of pastoral care to the sick and suffering in the parishes of the diocese.

“Pastoral Care provides support to meet spiritual, social and emotional needs of parishioners and those within the parish boundaries. Pastoral Care Coordinators work collaboratively with their pastors to responsibly care for parishioners.”–Cathy J. Weidmaier

Committee Members:
Deacon Rich Akins
Fr. Bryan Amthor
David Butel
Ernie Collins
Deacon Mike Lewis
Deacon Mike McLean, Chairman
Cecilia Richardson
Rev. Charles N. Rowe, Vicar General
–Members of the Committee are volunteers. The Committee is responsible to the Bishop.

Key activities of the Committee include:

  • Identify and encourage standards for pastoral care ministry.
  • Develop and/or identify an educational program/periodic training for parish staff involved in pastoral care ministry.
  • Plan for one Day of Reflection (November) for parish ministers and staff.
  • Serve as a resource and support for parishes who are responsible for Catholic pastoral care ministry.
  • Provide resources for various pastoral care needs-spiritual directors, counselors, and other essential elements.

Recent Event:

Day for Parish Staffs:
Living the Real Presence in the Real World
October 27, 2022, 9am – 1pm, Holy Family Parish
919 NE 96th St., Stewart Rd., KC, MO 64155

Keynote Opening & Closing: Living the Real Presence
– Fr. Greg Haskamp, Pastor, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church

Breakout Sessions (Choose 2 of 4):
Creating Communion on Parish Staffs
– Fr. Mike Roach, Pastor, St. James-Liberty

Using Technology to Engage Parishioners
– Fr. Bryan Amthor, Pastor, St. Jude the Apostle & St. George

How to Have Difficult Conversations
– Dr. Chuck Rhodes, PsyD, EdD

How to Keep a Work/Life/Prayer Balance
– Cathy Weidmaier, Pastoral Care Coordinator, St. Bernadette

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