Pastoral Care

ANOINTING OF THE SICK
If you are:
     - going to be hospitalized
     - preparing for surgery or      
     - ill at home      
and would like to celebrate the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, please call the Parish Office at 825-0618

HOSPITALIZED
If you or a family member are hospitalized, please call the Parish Office at 825-0618 or email info@corpuschristicommunity.org to let us know. Due to privacy regulations, hospitals are no longer permitted to notify us when a parishioner is hospitalized.  Please keep all of our ill and homebound parishioners in your prayers.

COMMUNION TO THE HOMEBOUND
Please call the Parish Office at 825-0618, to make arrangments.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 4:00 - 4:30 PM.  Communal services (with individual confession) are celebrated during the Advent and Lenten seasons.  Other times may be scheduled by appointment.

PASTORAL COUNSELING SERVICES
Are you wishing to improve your relationship with yourself, your God, your spouse or your family? Do you desire some help? Professional assistance is available to deal with emotional, psychological and spiritual issues. Pastoral Counseling services are available through Corpus Christi and St. John the Baptist Parishes by a certified, degreed Pastoral Counselor, Sr. Jane Frey, OSF, LPC. Call 923-4241, Monday - Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Hours by appointment only.

Christian counseling is based on an approach where God is recognized as the primary healer, the counselor is present as a guide and support system. Individuals and couples can request meetings either during the day or on certain evenings.

Catholic Links
Saint of the Day
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 Peter Claver: A native of Spain, young Jesuit Peter Claver left his homeland forever in 1610 to be a missionary in the colonies of the New World. He sailed into Cartagena (now in Colombia), a rich port city washed by the Caribbean. He was ordained there in 1615. <p>By this time the slave trade had been established in the Americas for nearly 100 years, and Cartagena was a chief center for it. Ten thousand slaves poured into the port each year after crossing the Atlantic from West Africa under conditions so foul and inhuman that an estimated one-third of the passengers died in transit. Although the practice of slave-trading was condemned by Pope Paul III and later labeled 'supreme villainy' by Pius IX, it continued to flourish. </p><p>Peter Claver's predecessor, Jesuit Father Alfonso de Sandoval, had devoted himself to the service of the slaves for 40 years before Claver arrived to continue his work, declaring himself 'the slave of the Negroes forever.' </p><p>As soon as a slave ship entered the port, Peter Claver moved into its infested hold to minister to the ill-treated and exhausted passengers. After the slaves were herded out of the ship like chained animals and shut up in nearby yards to be gazed at by the crowds, Claver plunged in among them with medicines, food, bread, brandy, lemons and tobacco. With the help of interpreters he gave basic instructions and assured his brothers and sisters of their human dignity and God's saving love. During the 40 years of his ministry, Claver instructed and baptized an estimated 300,000 slaves. </p><p>His apostolate extended beyond his care for slaves. He became a moral force, indeed, the apostle of Cartagena. He preached in the city square, gave missions to sailors and traders as well as country missions, during which he avoided, when possible, the hospitality of the planters and owners and lodged in the slave quarters instead. </p><p>After four years of sickness which forced the saint to remain inactive and largely neglected, he died on September 8, 1654. The city magistrates, who had previously frowned at his solicitude for the black outcasts, ordered that he should be buried at public expense and with great pomp. </p><p>He was canonized in 1888, and Pope Leo XIII declared him the worldwide patron of missionary work among black slaves.</p>
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