“The more Christians immerse themselves in the circle of Christ’s light, the more capable they become of understanding and accompanying the path of every man and woman towards God.”
Pope Francis
Lumen Fidei, 35
SERVICE: Taking Care of His Suffering Body

St. Stephen Ministry

When life's challenges become difficult to bear, St. Stephen's Ministers are there to help.


St. Stephen Ministers: The After People
People often ask, “What exactly is a Stephen Minister?” One way to put it is that Stephen Ministers are the After People. Stephen Ministers are there:
after the phone call you hoped you’d never get.
after the funeral, when everyone has left and the emotions you’ve held at bay come crashing in on you.
after the relationship falls apart and the bottom falls out of your life.
after the doctor says, “I’m sorry, but there’s nothing more we can do.”
after the nursing home director shakes your hand and says, “Welcome to your new home.”
after the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away—and the house suddenly seems empty.
after the gavel comes down, the handcuffs go on, and your loved one is led away.
after the baby arrives, demanding more of you than you ever dreamed possible.
after you find a pink slip with your final paycheck.
after your family and friends have heard your story one too many times, but you still need to talk it out.
 
Stephen Ministers are the “After People.” They are ready to come alongside you—or your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or relatives—and provide comfort and support for as long after as needed.


St. Stephen Ministry is:

One-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the St. Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry congregations train, equip and empower lay caregivers—called St. Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are going through tough times


St. Stephen Ministry at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church,

Our St. Stephen Ministers are ready to bring God’s love and care into your life! They will listen, care, encourage, pray with and for you, and provide weekly support for you as long as your need persists.

If you or someone you know might benefit from receiving care from a St. Stephen Minister, please contact Deacon Julio Blanco-Eccleston, Director of Stephen Ministry, at (703) 821- 1654 or jublec18@earthlink.net

Contamos con Ministros que hablan español
Nuestros Ministros de San Esteban están listos para traer el amor y cuidado de Dios a sus vidas!  Ellos te escucharán, tomarán cuidado de ti, te darán ánimo, rezarán contigo y por ti, y te proveerán con apoyo semanal por el tiempo que tu necesidad persista.

Si usted o alguien que usted conoce, se puede beneficiar del recibir cuidado de un Ministro de San Esteban, no dude en llamar al Diácono Julio Blanco-Eccleston, Director del Ministerio de San Esteban, al teléfono (703) 821-1654, o correo electrónico -  jublec18@earthlink.net


How to become a St. Stephen Minister

Step 1: RECRUITMENT AND TRAINING OF ST. STEPHEN MINISTERS IN THE CONGREGATION
After participating in the Leaders Training Course [LTC], your Stephen Leaders recruit, select, and equip a team of lay caregivers to serve as St. Stephen Ministers.

Step 2: MATCHING St. STEPHEN MINISTERS WITH PEOPLE IN NEED OF CARE
A Stephen Leader matches St. Stephen Ministers with people in need of care. Each Stephen Minister meets with his or her care receiver for about an hour a week to provide one-to-one Christ-centered care. Men are matched with men; women with women.
 
Step 3: PROVIDING SUPPORT AND SUPERVISION TO ST. STEPHEN MINISTERS
Your St. Stephen Ministers gather together twice monthly to receive the guidance, support, and encouragement they need to provide high-quality care. They also participate in continuing education to enhance their skills.

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St. Stephen Ministry Prayer

Compassionate Lord, you walked the earth to bring the Good News of God’s love to all. You showed us by example how to love and care for one another. Make known to us your caring presence through the St. Stephen Ministry in our congregation. Help us to hear your call to service and witness. May this caregiving ministry be one way in which we touch the lives and hearts of others within and outside our congregation. Reveal to us your presence as we care and serve. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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