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Difficult Times?

DIFFICULT TIMES?

If you are reading this, it means you are going through a time of grief or having a difficult time at this moment.  You are not alone, and together we will find a way to get through this.

Please contact our Pastoral Care Associate Pat Williams at 651-683-9808 ext. 22 or our Pastor, Fr. Tim Wozniak 651-683-9808 ext. 13.

Support Groups
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FUNERAL

Understanding what a difficult time this is for family and friends, the St. Thomas Becket community desires to extend Christ’s loving comfort to those in need, while celebrating the life of a Child of God.  For anyone who experiences a loss, the parish will assist with planning the funeral, contact the newly bereaved, make home visits and be on hand the day of the service.  The STB community Funeral Reception Ministry offers family and friends time to gather and share a meal after the funeral or memorial Mass of a loved one. 

If you have lost a loved one and want to have their Mass Funerals at St. Thomas Becket, what our Ministry will offer you is consultation, support and guidance to the bereaved family after a death or preneed planning before death.

Assistance is available to arrange date and time of the church service, help with selecting music, readings, prayers and worship aids.  Funeral hospitality is available to greet and direct family and friends and a lunch in the Commons is offered after the services.  Resources are available for grief support.

CONTACT: Pat Williams at 651-683-9808 ext. 22.

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COMMUNION FOR THE HOMEBOUND

Visiting the homebound is an important part of who we are as Christians. Being homebound separates us from our church family at St Thomas Becket.  Our Communion ministers have volunteered to bring the Body of Christ to those unable to receive in any other manner. This is truly a spiritually rewarding experience for all involved.

If you know of someone who cannot come to Sunday Mass, we have a staff of Eucharistic Ministers that will go to the home and bring the homebound Holy Communion, pray with them and share the gospel of the week. 

CONTACT: Pat Williams at 651-683-9808 ext. 22.

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ANOINTING OF THE SICK

All who are experiencing physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges are encouraged to attend this communal celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick with prayer and music during the 5:00 pm Masses.  A prayer of faith over the sick, the laying on of hands, and the anointing of sick with oil represent the prayer and blessing of the community and the healing presence of Christ and the Holy Spirit.

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is available at any time if you suffer from any kind of illness affecting body, mind or spirit, or have a chronic or life threatening condition

Next Sacrament of the Anointing of the sick will be held in the Fall of 2018.

CONTACT: Fr. Tim Wozniak at 651-683-9808 ext 13.

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PRAYER LINE

 “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.”   Philippians 6:4               

Are you someone feeling the need for prayer for yourself, family or a friend, but not in a public way as at Sunday Mass?

Our Prayer Line is a way for people to experience the love, comfort and grace of God if you or a loved one is facing a life challenge, such as illness, death, loss of work, divorce, etc. It is a way for us to life up our fellow parishioners, families and friends and live out God’s commandment.

St. Thomas Becket has a confidential Prayer Line. We only use first names (or no name) as our team of 30+ prayerful people provide spiritual support for you. (Example:  Please pray for a young lady experiencing depression.) Hopefully you will feel your burden lift as others help you carry it.  This is the main purpose of our Prayer Line.  

CONTACT: Cathy at 651-344-3350.

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SUPPORT GROUPS

If you have any questions about any of the following support groups, please email or call Pat Williams at 651-683-9808 ext. 22, she will be happy to assist you and guide you the right way.

Depression Support Coalition 

Faith-based Depression Support. Offering information, education, support, and spiritual hope to those affected by depression - as well as their families. Major depression is a medical illness that now affects more than 23 million adults each year. Depression affects our thoughts, feeling, mood, behavior, and physical health. Although devastating at times, depression is highly treatable.

Next Presentation:

Please JOIN us on Tuesday, December 12, Pastor Paul Gauche from Peace Lutheran Church will talk about "WHY IS GOD SO HARD TO FIND?".  This will be our last speaker until Spring. We will meet at St. John Neumann from 7:00 pm  - 8:30 pm.  VIEW  FLYER

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Growing Through Loss 

Growing Through Loss (GTL) provides support for adults who have experienced loss, information about the grieving process, caring and support from others who are also grieving and sharing of memories and feelings in a confidential setting. 

GTL supports loss of spouse, child, parent, other loved ones, loss through suicide, life transitions such as the loss of job, health, relationships or mid-life changes, multiple losses and provides small group and one-on-one support.

GTL is sponsored jointly by The Interdenominational South Suburban Grief Support Coalition, a coalition of 13 churches in the south suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul area.  

New member churches are always welcome.  

Please contact us at   or call 651-452-8261 for information on joining the coalition.

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YOUTH GRIEF SERVICES

We invite families to participate in a 7 week free grief support group series for children and teens ages 4 - 18 who have had a loved-one die, along with support for the parents/caregivers.  CLICK HERE to view brochure.

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Alcoholics Anonymous

AA is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem.  Membership is open to anyone who wants to stop drinking. This group meets on Tuesday evenings at St. Thomas Becket from 7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m. at the library.

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 Al-Anon

Support for friends and family members of a problem drinker. Group meets at St. Thomas Becket on Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m. at room 102.

 Divorce Support

If you are Divorced and looking for a support group:

- Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge, Apple Valley, meet on Tuesdays from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

CONTACT: Pat Williams,  at 651-683-9808 ext. 22. 

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HIPAA

In the past we were able to find our who was in the hospital, today that is not true. If you ar a family member is going to  be hospitalized or home-bound and would like to have a visit from your parish.

CONTACT: Pat Williams,  at 651-683-9808 ext. 22. 

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