The mission of the Ministry of Care is to bring Jesus in the holy Eucharist to our parishioners who are: homebound, hospitalized, in care or nursing facilities, hospice, or in jails or prisons.
We serve parishioners who are unable to attend holy Mass on Sunday because of illness, age or disability. The service may be for an extended period of time or short-term. Some of the various environments in which the Ministry of Care provides service include hospitals, care homes, nursing homes, hospice, and prisons.
We have twelve hours of training, divided into three, four-hour sessions. These sessions include instruction on the holy Eucharist, Communion service, basic skills for home and hospital visits, confidentiality, etc.
In addition to the classroom instruction, you'll go on visits with a mentor until you're comfortable with serving on your own.
Called to Protect
Everyone who serves in any ministry in the Diocese of Phoenix must attend a Called to Protect class. These are abuse prevention educational classes for the protection of minors. The initial session must be taken in a classroom. After your initial training you can re-certify for this requirement online.
If you'd like to learn more about the Ministry of Care, or become involved, please contact Marcy Peterson at (480) 507-4495 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities, Events, News, and Information
As you may already know, the funeral Mass for Joan Elia, Jim’s wife, will be on Monday, January 22nd at 10am. There will be a reception immediately following the internment in the parish hall. The Funeral Ministry needs our assistance with the reception. We are providing the reception to Jim and his family in gratitude for their long years of service to our community. We are hoping that everyone would be willing to contribute a dish for the reception. No need for fancy—just comfort food for us to share as we support Jim and his daughters and remember Joan. We are expecting about 100 guests to attend. Please fill in a need listed below if you will be able to assist in any way.
Food can be dropped off in the parish hall on Monday morning.
Joan’s family invites us to join them in laying their beloved wife and mother to rest.
Sunday, January 21st -Visitation from 5pm-8pm at Queen of Heaven Mortuary in Mesa. Rosary at 7pm.
Monday, January 22nd – Funeral Mass at 10am at St. Anne.
Committal follows Mass at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
Luncheon following Committal at St. Anne Parish Hall.
Jim and Joan have been pillars of our community for many years. Please join us in supporting Jim and his family in this time of great sorrow.
May God grant them peace and comfort in our presence.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Odessa Anima. She was born in the Philippines May 6, 1954 and entered eternal life December 18, 2017.
Funeral Mass will be said Friday January 12, 2018 at 10 a.m. at St. Anne.
Interment will be after the Mass at Queen of Heaven Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Patrick Joseph McKay was born in Ireland April 18, 1931 and passed away December 17, 2017.
Patrick was a resident of Gilbert, Arizona at the time of passing.
Visitation will be Thursday December 21 from 5- 8 PM with a Rosary recited at 7 PM at Queen of Heaven Mortuary.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at St Anne’s Catholic Church 440 E Elliot Rd Gilbert AZ 85234 at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, December 22
Burial will be at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery 1562 E Baseline Rd Mesa AZ 85204.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of:
January 12, 1940 – December 12, 2017
Dr. John Patrick Barter passed away December 12, 2017. He always considered Apple Valley home as this is where he built a medical practice and raised his children. Services will be held at St Anne’s Catholic Church at 440 E Elliott Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85234 on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 10am. Born to Drs. George and Mary Barter on January 12, 1940, in Cork, Ireland, John followed in his parents footsteps by studying medicine at the University College Cork. He further chased his dreams by moving to New York City to complete his studies in ophthalmology, where he fell in love with his future wife, Charito, and America. This journey brought him all the way to the High Desert, where he raised his three children, and opened Barter Eye Center, servicing patients and the community for close to 30 years. He served as the chief of surgery at St. Mary’s Medical Hospital and on Sundays you could find him at Our Lady of the Desert Catholic Church. He most remembered Apple Valley for the long walks he would take almost every evening with his beloved dogs, Coco and Scotch, as they would watch the beautiful sunsets over the desert. John is survived by his wife, Charito, his three children, Genevieve, Sean, and Isabelle, his beloved niece Cynthia, two grandchildren Benjamin and Mia, and his four grand fur-babies. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, wwf.panda.org, in his name. Dad was a conservationist long before it was considered cool.
Douglas C. Carr(1960 – 2017)
Douglas Clair Carr, 57, passed away on Monday, December 4th, 2017 while on a business trip in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with his beloved wife, Debra. Doug was born July 25, 1960, in Edmore, Michigan and moved to Arizona when he was 2. Doug grew up in Mesa where he attended Mountain View High School after which he went on to attend Arizona State University. He has been a resident of Gilbert for the past 24 years where he has developed strong roots in the community. Doug was a third generation insurance professional that together with his close friend and partner, Paul Cyr, founded The Arizona Group Insurance Brokers in Gilbert in 1993. He is survived by the loves of his life, Deb, his wife and his beautiful girls, Sara, Amy and Allison. Doug is also survived by his parents, Larry and Eleen and his sister Cathy Hauge and husband, Todd. Additionally, Doug is survived by his extended family the Wiedel’s, as well as those who only knew him as “Uncle Doug”. Doug was an amazing husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend to so many people. He led his life by example and was an inspiration to all who knew him for his integrity, honesty, compassion and love for life. He was so proud of his “girls” and cherished his role as “The Dad” – family was everything to him. In addition to his family, Doug had several other passions in his life. He enjoyed his annual tradition of taking his family to the SurfRider in Mission Beach for 2 weeks every year to enjoy time with his extended family. He also enjoyed his frequent trips to “the farm”, or “his happy place”, in Hubbell, Nebraska where he could go hunting, farming or just to enjoy life. Doug was also an avid sports fan and enjoyed spending time with friends at Sun Devil, Husker, Cardinal and Diamondback games. But mostly, Doug was passionate about the people in his life. Doug had a way of making people feel special and a part of his life. Services will be held at 10am, Monday, December 11th, at St. Anne Roman Catholic Parish located at 440 East Elliott Road, Gilbert, AZ. As per his wishes, Doug’s final resting place will be in Nebraska. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Doug may be made to a Go Fund Me account being set up in his name. www.gofundme.com/the-doug-c-carr-memorial-fund As Doug was passionate about many causes, the donations will be distributed to his favorite charities.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 9, 2017