The Pastoral Care Commission

The Pastoral Care Commission assists the pastor in meeting the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of the Body of Christ. Each member of Pastoral Care, whether staff or trained steward, is committed to serving with love and integrity demonstrated by the life and ministry of Jesus. Staff liaison: Demetra Schwieger, 253.272.5136 ext. 103 or pastoralcare@stleoparish.org.


Pastoral Care Ministries and Programs

Unless otherwise indicated, for more information please contact Pastoral Assistant for Pastoral Care, at 253.272.5136 ext. 103 or pastoralcare@stleoparish.org.

After Mass Hospitality

Volunteers build community after the weekend Masses by preparing and serving coffee, tea, cookies, etc. and helping with clean-up. To help after any of the Masses please contact the pastoral care assistant at 253.272.5136 ext. 103 or pastoralcare@stleoparish.org.

Cookie Bakers

We ask for homemade or bakery style cookies for our funeral receptions and special events.

Divorce Support Ministry

This group welcomes anyone divorced, contemplating divorce, or in the process of divorce. We believe God is present during this difficult time in our lives and is using us to be channels of support and love to help each other through this time of grieving and pain. Group members are encouraged to tell their “stories,” as it seems that in telling comes eventual healing and the release of grace. So if you are newly divorced or divorced for twenty years and feel the need to continue healing in a supportive and caring environment, we welcome you! We meet quarterly on the first Thursday of the month in the rectory from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Upcoming meetings are announced in the St. Leo bulletin. For more information please contact George Rodkey at georod01@msn.com.

The Health Care Ministry

The mission of the Health Care Ministry, a program of the Pastoral Care Commission, is to be a loving family of health care ministers, promoting health and wellness of body, mind, and spirit within the congregation. We do this through screening, teaching, and referral. There are parish nurses who oversee this ministry with a team of members involved in some aspect of health care in the greater community. This ministry provides the St. Leo Community with access to medical resources, monthly blood pressure checks, and annual CPR classes. This ministry also sponsors a blood drive and an annual health information table, and provides speakers on topics relevant to the health care of the community. For more information on this ministry please contact our parish nurses: Kathy Hitchcock at rbh@rbh.seanet.com; Eileen Weeg at weege15@msn.com.

Fitness Program for Seniors

A weekly exercise program to improve overall fitness: balance, strength, agility, flexibility and endurance is lead by Linda Parrish, Certified Personal Trainer.

Walking Program

Parishioner Peter Roderick, who is Silver Sneaker Certified, leads a walking program every Monday from 11-noon. If you are interested in being a part of this great exercise program please contact Kathy Hitchcock at rbh@rbh.seanet.com.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry

We have a group who knit and pray together on the third weekend of the month in the Hospitality Area of the church before and after the 5 PM and 10:30 AM Masses. The prayer shawls are given to those in our parish who are ill, whether emotionally, spiritually, or physically. Many knitters knit/crochet these prayer shawls at home while praying for needs of the person who will receive the shawl. The type of yarn we use for these prayer shawls is Lion Brand Homespun and it takes three skeins to make a shawl. For more information on this ministry and directions on how to make a prayer shawl, please contact Kathy Hitchcock at rbh@rbh.seanet.com.

The Remembrance Basket Ministry

The Remembrance Basket Ministry comes out of our Health Care Ministry. Approximately two to six months after the death of a parishioner, a two-member team visits the home of the family to pray with, listen to, and support them.

The Hospitality Ministry

The Hospitality Ministry prepares and serves food and refreshments to compliment parish socials, funerals, meetings, and liturgical celebrations. This ministry also needs folks to work on special events during the year.

Pastoral Care Team

The Pastoral Care Team takes the Good News and Eucharist to parishioners in their homes, in the hospital, and in retirement and assisted living/care facilities. This ministry involves listening, prayerfulness, caring, presence, and personal commitment.

Prayer Line Ministry

Prayer Line intercessors receive prayer concerns individually or through the anonymity of a prayer line. While everyone is invited to participate as Prayer Ministers, this ministry provides particularly rich opportunities for the elderly and the homebound.

St. Leo’s Club

The St. Leo’s Club is an organization that promotes recreational and social activities for parishioners of all ages. They plan and coordinate trips to Mariners games, family picnics, and Leavenworth, and are open to further suggestions regarding ways of bringing community together for entertainment and fellowship. If you would like to help in the coordination of events please contact

Take Charge of Your Wellness

Take Charge of Your Wellness is an education and support group - a “Circle of Support” for anyone wanting to remain as healthy as possible, improve their health, or seek support in coping with any chronic condition. For more information please contact Kathy Hitchcock at rbh@rbh.seanet.com.

The Transportation and Helping Hand Ministry

We are seeking volunteers in various parts of Tacoma to provide short rides to church, the store, doctor appointments, or to deliver meals in times of need. These supports are organized on an individual need basis.

The Writing Ministry

The Writing Ministry sends messages of care and support to those experiencing illness, setbacks, and personal loss. This ministry also sends birthday congratulations to our senior members.

Ministry Links

Care Facility Minister Contacts

The following parishioners provide pastoral care for St. Leo parishioners and their family members.



Cascade Park Vista

Angela Moceri

Harbor View Manor

Roseanne Trunk

Park Rose Care Center

Pat & Dick Neumann



For other pastoral care visits, please call our pastoral care office at 253.272.5136 ext. 103 or pastoralcare@stleoparish.org.