Care Groups

Care in the Community

Learn more about St Benedict's Inner Newcastle Parish care groups:


Sisters of Mercy Pastoral Team (walking team)

Aim

To seek out those in need and, where possible, relieve their needs while freeing them from dependence on others and helping them become self-supporting.

Contact

The Parish Office, 02 4979 1101

Meetings

Monthly, on the first Tuesday, from 9.30 to 11.30 am, at the Tudor Street, Hamilton meeting rooms.

Activities

The Mercy pastoral team, popularly known as the walking team, is an outreach group with about two dozen members, who walk in residential areas and visit homes when invited, spending two to four hours each week in the same area. Former active team members take a role by telephoning and praying for people in need.

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St Joseph's Pastoral Caring Team

Aim

To do what we can to meet the particular needs of the sick, lonely, elderly, bereaved and disadvantaged in our area.

Contact

The Parish Office, 02 4979 1101

Meetings

At two monthly intervals, on the fourth Thursday, at 4.00 pm, at the Parish Office.

Activities

Members of the Pastoral Caring Team take communion to frail and housebound members of the community, offering them social connection either in person or by phone.

The Team also contributes to the celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick during Mass that take place regularly within the Parish, offering the chance for those attending to seek the solace of the Sacrament of Anointing as well as the opportunity to catch up with "old" friends and acquaintances.

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Lingard Hospital Pastoral Care Team

Lingard Hospital (located in Merewether Street, Merewether) believes in the total health care of all patients.

Aim

The Pastoral Care Team is committed to the healing ministry of Jesus we meet in the gospels. Whilst respecting individual privacy, team members strive to offer truly compassionate care to patients, loved ones and staff. As they visit, Team members are particularly conscious of the empathy with which they offer the opportunity (through sensitive listening) to share the concerns of the patient during the time of illness.

Contact

The Parish Office, 02 4979 1101

Meetings

The Team members meets together once a month, on the third Friday of the month, to share and pray for the Lord's help that they may be of assistance in a number of possible ways through their caring manner, in words, in acts, and in quality time spent with the patient.

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Care – need help?

If you need assistance or know of a person who needs assistance OR if you are with someone who is seriously ill and wants to see a Priest; Please let us know.

You may do this directly by telephoning the Parish Office or by submitting details using our online form. This form transmits information directly online to the Parish Office. Any information which you give is treated as strictly confidential. If you are reporting that someone other than yourself needs help, you are asked to leave your contact details.

If someone has died, and you want to begin arranging a Catholic funeral: You may wish to contact a Catholic Priest. Click here for contact details.

If you are having difficulty contacting a Catholic Priest, particularly outside office hours when support personnel may not be available: We suggest asking a funeral director as funeral directors in Newcastle are generally able to contact Clergy at short notice.

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