It is a pastoral support document designed to be used by lay ministers with a variety of experience and training. This document is designed for ministers and parish teams who take key responsibility for pastoral care in parishes. It has been drafted with the cooperation and advice of pastoral workers, lay and priestly, who are active in a wide range of pastoral care settings. In putting this document together the drafting committee has been mindful that many lay pastoral ministers find themselves in parishes without a resident priest.
Many lay ministers are doing wonderful work to address needs for which they may have had little training or experience. With this in view the document is supported by a reference section which provides some key readings and materials which may be useful. In addition we recommend that this document be supported by an extensive, and geographically inclusive, programme of inservice and training for those taking on these roles.
Click on the following link to view the Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Sick and Frail