The Health Care Ministry is concerned with the human body as the temple of the Holy Spirit and gift from God. The ministry has a vital role in providing pastoral and spiritual care to the sick, aged and disabled through programs such as counseling, regularly scheduled healing masses, sacrament of reconciliation and anointing of the sick, health related seminars and conferences, hospital visitation and celebration of the World Day of the Sick.
We invite the sick or their representatives to join the Healing Mass every First Friday at 3PM, Rooms 1-3 at the New Parish Center. If you want someone’s name added or deleted, please contact the Parish office 843-8835 (Maela) and give the name, address and contact details.
To bring God’s love through a collaborative effort characterized by a Christian spirit of service is the main goal and objective of the Health Care Ministry. Moved by the love of Christ, we, the members, strive to work for the health of all parishioners by promoting programs that focus on the mind, body and spirit. (Read more of the July 10 Health Care Ministry article here.)
FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY AND THE HEALTH CARE MINISTRY
by Barbie Lu Young
The Health Care Ministry had its final recollection of the year last Nov. 10, 2015 at the Precioza Farms in Tagaytay. After the mass officiated by Fr. Reu Jose C. Galoy, OFM the group listened intently to a short but very meaningful talk about the relationship between Franciscan spirituality and health in general, and the role of the HCM in particular.
In brief, Franciscan spirituality is all about the fact that all creatures are reflections of God, that everything belongs to God and that everything returns to God. Life is a pilgrimage with heaven as its final destination. Good health is an important aspect of quality living. Health is not just wealth, but it is heaven on earth. Quality of life depends mainly on maintaining the balance of man’s relationship with God, with his own self, with others and with things through personal prayer, respect for nature and the environment and active service to others.
Franciscan spirituality is committed to social justice by striving for solidarity with the poor and the marginalized, the powerless and the voiceless, as images of Christ Crucified. In this light, the HCM is tasked with carrying out this responsibility with its projects, seminars and various programs.
Mind and Body Link to Illness
By Dr. Dido Gustillo Villasor, Phd.Dr. Dido Villasor became deeply aware about the mind and body-link to illness at 21, when she accompanied a beloved aunt who was terminally ill with cancer to UCLA as part of her new treatment program. While there, she interacted with other patient participants. Unaware, she developed feelings for the disease and stress, now found common among caregivers. Read the full article…..
Health Care Ministry/ Hospital Committee
By Chuchi Quevedo
It is our privilege to bring the love of God and the love of San Antonio parishioners to the indigent patients in the Rizal Medical Center (RMC) located near C5, along Shaw Blvd Extension. Since 2004, the Health Care Ministry members have become a channel through which patients and their watchers are able to feel the love of God in a very concrete way: through our weekly visits, we are able to extend Pastoral Care Service — listening to the concerns of the patients and relatives. Read more>>>>>
We all know about the importance of good health. In order for us to know and understand what goes on in our bodies as well as how our mind and heart functions, it is important to keep up with the different ways in which we can take better care of ourselves. Being physically well, as well as emotionally healthy, is of prime importance not only for ourselves but also for our loved ones. All of us come from a family and most of us take care of our family in the best way possible. This can only be achieved if we are aware of what really goes on inside us as well as how our emotions play an important part to staying well and maintaining a healthy life style. Read the full story…..