Pastoral Care

One of the ways we embody the love of Jesus Christ to one another is by caring for each other. The Apostle Paul encouraged the church to bear one another’s burdens.


Pastoral Care at Calvary encompasses a variety of ministries, including the sacraments of the church, communion and pastoral visits, prayer, flower delivery, transportation, cards and calls, and meals for those in need.

Pastoral Care and Prayer Request Form

To request a visit from clergy or lay ministers, please fill out the Pastoral Care Request Form or call or email the Rector, The Rev. Dr. Lee Shafer in the Church Office at 502-587-6011. If desiring to add a name to the intercessory prayer list, prayer cards are also available in the pews and may be placed in the Offering Plate or handed to an usher. Typically, names remain on the Prayer List for four weeks. Respecting confidentiality, we usually use only first names.

When to Call a Member of the Clergy

  • Any parishioner may call at any hour of the day or night, seven days a week, in the event of a pastoral crisis such as someone dying, someone in grave danger, or other pastoral emergency.

  • If possible, a priest should be called when someone is near death to administer Last Rites and pray with the family. If not possible, a priest should be contacted whenever a parishioner has died.

  • When someone is ill or hospitalized.

  • When someone is experiencing distress and needs pastoral care.

  • When someone wants to discuss spiritual or theological matters.

  • When someone has reason to celebrate.

  • When someone just wants to talk to a priest. Any parishioner may call the church office to set up an appointment for a non-crisis visitation.

Pastoral Counseling

As is true with most parish clergy, the priest at Calvary are not certified and trained professional counselors.
They are, of course, willing to listen carefully, offer encouragement and challenging direction if appropriate, provide spiritual insight and perspective on a given situation, make an assessment of what is needed, and make appropriate referrals to individuals who are certified and trained to respond to certain needs.
By Canon Law, a clergy person may not meet more than three consecutive times with an individual on the same “clinical” topic before making a referral to the appropriate trained professional.

Hospital Visits

When parishioners are sick and/or hospitalized, the clergy of Calvary, once informed, are happy to make a pastoral visit. You may request a pre-surgery visit, time spent with the family during surgery, and/or a post-surgery visit. In the case of an extended hospital stay a member of the clergy and/or a lay Eucharistic Visitor is available to bring communion. 
The goal of our pastoral visits is to provide comfort, to pray, to perform the laying on of hands for healing if desired, to share in Holy Communion, and to exercise a ministry of godly presence.
To receive a hospital or other medical-care oriented facility visit, contact the church office or call Calvary clergy directly. Please do not presume others will notify the clergy.

Reconciliation of a Penitent

In the Episcopal tradition, we make a public and corporate confession of sin each time we celebrate the Holy Eucharist. Sometimes people desire and situations warrant making an explicit, private confession of sins to a priest, from whom the individual seeks absolution. Please contact a member of the clergy directly to schedule this sacrament.
Conversations held during a declared confession of sins are confidential. To insure that confidentiality, be sure to inform clergy that a particular conversation constitutes a confession.

Thanksgiving for the Birth of a Child

The clergy of Calvary are always delighted to come to the hospital the day of or after childbirth to offer a brief service of thanksgiving. It is particularly appropriate to include any siblings and close family members in this joyous occasion.

House Blessing

Occupying a new home can be a joyous occasion. The clergy of Calvary are available to help sanctify your new home by offering a blessing on behalf of the church.

If convenient, prayers for the several rooms of the house may be offered. The priest, with members of the household and others as convenient, moves from room to room saying a prayer over each space. House blessings may conclude with light refreshments for any guests who participate in the celebration.

Calvary Cares


Meal Delivery

As the Body of Christ, we are called to care for those in pain, sorrow, need or trouble.  A caring group of volunteers provide hot meals to those who are grieving, have recently been hospitalized, or have had a crisis.  We also congratulate a family who has a new baby with a hot meal. Please let us know if you have a particular need.


Please remember that hospitals no longer contact us – we rely on family members to let us know of a need.

Flower Delivery

The Flower Delivery Committee is composed of Calvary parishioners, who deliver flowers to fellow parishioners. The recipients may be ill, in a nursing home, in the hospital, new parents or members who have lost a friend or relative.

The committee members arrange the flowers from the altar after the service and deliver to the designated recipients. This is a very rewarding experience for the deliverers and the receivers alike.  Please contact the Church Office if you are interested.

Home Visits and Eucharistic Visitors

Sometimes people are unable to attend worship services due to illness, prolonged recovery, or simply the aging process. In such instances, lay Eucharistic Visitors will be glad to bring Holy Communion to you. This ministry exists to supplement rather than replace clergy visits. If you desire home communion, please contact the Parish Office.  

At Calvary Episcopal Church we use a team of trained lay Eucharistic Visitors to provide the sacrament to those who are hospitalized, homebound, or in nursing homes. Those engaged in this ministry must be licensed by the bishop and undergo a diocesan training session.

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