CCS’ Ministry with Elders (formerly the Pastoral Ministry) helps meet the spiritual needs of individuals who are unable to go to church because of age, illness or because they are approaching the end of life.
For nearly 30 years, CCS’ pastoral ministry, now named the St. Jeanne Jugan Ministry with Elders, has provided Catholic services and communion for seniors in nursing homes and assisted-living communities throughout the Tucson area. Fr. Angelo Mastria, O CARM, and Sister Carolyn Nicolai, FSP, have been the staff of this ministry for over two decades, visiting such facilities regularly to hold Mass and to comfort and console Catholic residents and others who request their presence. Both Fr. Angelo and Sr. Carolyn retired this year, and CCS thanks them for their long years of dedicated service.
Manny Guzman recently took the helm of the St. Jeanne Jugan Ministry with Elders program and Father Ray Ratzenberger has been named the program’s Chaplain. This Ministry is focused on developing and supporting parish-based ministries throughout the diocese to support the increasingly large numbers of Catholics moving into assisted-living communities. The ministry will help support pastors in recruiting and training volunteers and help facilitate parish services for elders.
Please consider engaging with us in this amazing Ministry. Volunteer trainings are available (see this link for details
). Please complete the attached registration form
to join us.