When change happens in our lives – whether for good or ill – our normal reaction is often to ask ourselves, “But what about me? How will my church care for my concerns?”
Ensuring reliable, effective pastoral care for all ages at St. Boniface is a priority. So, I am excited to write about new opportunities that are expanding our ability to provide excellent pastoral care and concern for all parishioners, old and young alike.
First, The Rev. Andi Taylor is shifting in her responsibilities at St. Boniface a bit. As you may know, Andi has worked with our youth groups for years. But now, with the addition of Alex Everson to the staff, Andi is able to redirect her focus to the pastoral care of the congregation as a whole. Recently, I asked Andi to oversee all our pastoral ministries at St. Boniface – our hospital visitors, Eucharistic visitors, pastoral counselors, and the like. Andi, working with many others, both clergy and lay, will ensure that all people, especially those who are older or those needing a special touch from the parish, receive excellent care. Going forward, in addition, I am working with Andi to re-establish an intentional care program known as Stephen Ministries to further support all our parishioners, especially our older members.
Of course, with Andi Taylor moving from direct supervision of our youth ministries, Alex Everson is successfully taking up the mantle. Alex, in her new role as Director of Youth and Family Ministries, will be leading our youth groups and supporting the pastoral needs of our young people. Alex is ensuring excellence in our programing for youth and children, continuing to offer mission trips, retreats, summer camps, and group gatherings. As pastor to our younger crowd, Alex supports our children and youth and their families.
Our goal, in all of this, is to ensure each member of St. Boniface feels the love and concern of our parish, and all people are cared for – especially in times of special need. Fr. John Hall