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Rideout Health Celebrates Supportive Presence: Pastoral Care Week 2012


Rideout Health honors the contributions of the dedicated pastoral care givers who offer a supportive presence to the women, men, children, and organizations in our community during Pastoral Care Week, October 21-27, 2012.

Each day pastoral care givers are invited into the life experiences of women, men, children, and organizations.

Pastoral caregivers bring many gifts to the process of healing and wholeness. They are trained to be a supportive presence to help individuals know they are not alone as they express their feelings, thoughts and questions. Being a supportive presence reassures the person struggling with illness and injury that someone is beside them as they walk through dark valleys.

"When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares." -Henri Nouwen (Out of Solitude)

Held first in 1984, Pastoral Care Week is sponsored by the Coalition on Ministry in Specialized Settings Network (COMISS) a national organization of pastoral care providers, pastoral care professionals, and faith group endorsers. The weeklong observance promotes spiritual values as a part of the healing process and invites us to celebrate the work of caregivers in such settings as hospitals, prisons, mental health facilities, nursing homes, counseling centers, etc.

Rideout Health's Chaplain Melissa Knight will be providing a series of events in celebration of Pastoral Care Week, including:

Tues., Oct. 23: Celebration at Rideout | Time TBD
Rideout Regional Medical Center | 4th Street, Marysville
Tea for the Soul Blessing; Blessing of the Hands (available by request; and Pastoral Care Information.

Weds. Oct. 24: Lunch & Seminar for Community Clergy | 10a-2p
Rideout Cancer Center | 618 5th St., Marysville
Valet parking is available at nearby Rideout Regional Medical Center
Presentation & Tour, Susan Vague, Administrator; Presentation, Nursing Management; Presentation, Aubree Warner, Radiation Oncology Supervisor; Presentation, Christine Means, Social Worker; Lunch & Discussion. RSVP Required.
The invitation is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Thurs., Oct 25: Celebration at Fremont Medical Center | Time TBD
Fremont Medical Center | Plumas Street, Yuba City
Tea for the Soul Blessing; Blessing of the Hands (available by request; and Pastoral Care Information.

For more information or to RSVP please call 749-4383 or