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 who promote 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 an annual health information table and provides speakers on topics relevant to the health care of the community.
Blood pressure checks
Offered quarterly after the Saturday and Sunday masses at St Leo and offered weekly at the Food Connection.
Cardio pulmonary resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator Presented every other year.
Fitness Program for Seniors & Others
A weekly exercise program to improve overall fitness, including balance, strength, agility, flexibility and endurance. The group meets on Friday mornings in the St. Leo Church hospitality area.
A group that walks in different parks in our community on Monday mornings. The group walks for fitness, companionship and fun.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
We have a group who knit and pray together on the second weekend of the month in the Hospitality Area of the church before and after the 5 PM and 10:30 AM Masses. Many knitters knit/crochet these prayer shawls at home while praying for needs of the person who will receive the shawl. The prayer shawls are given to those in our parish who are ill, whether emotionally, spiritually, or physically. The type of yarn we use for these prayer shawls is Lion Brand Homespun and it takes three skeins to make a shawl. The parish supplies the Lion Brand Homespun yarn.
This program offers six classes designed to foster caregiver wellness to make life better for seniors and their caregivers. Basic care giving information and tips, presented every other year in accessible short classes, help reduce the number of caregivers who suffer from burnout by trying to “do it all” alone.
Five Wishes, a legally valid advance medical directive document, is presented yearly at St. Leo by Kathy Hitchcock, Dani Hart and Demetra Schwieger. Planning for preserving one's dignity is a gift to loved ones. Getting clear on what really matters is a gift to oneself. Five Wishes addresses medical situations and concerns. It also has a special focus on the spiritual needs of those who are seriously ill. It speaks of the importance of prayer, forgiveness and reconciliation. The Five Wishes Team brings years of experience in nursing and spiritual direction. More information is available about Five Wishes at www.agingwithdignity.org.