Rite of Blessing & Commissioning
Christ came to serve, not to be served. (MT 20:28). We are called to follow in His footsteps as disciples. We are commanded to love others as He has loved us (JN 13:34). We are called through our baptism into Jesus Christ to serve those who are most in need.
The Church recognizes, blesses and commissions those who offer their services in support of bringing about the Kingdom of God on earth. This document can be used or adapted to commission those within a parish or diocese who desire to place themselves in service as Mental Health Ministers to those who live with mental illness, their parents, family members and friends.
Intercessions / Petitions
Reaching Out with Hospitality to People with Mental Illness
by Thomas P. Welch, Pastoral Liturgy May/June 2017
For more than twenty years, I have worked as a psychiatrist in various settings, primarily with adults with severe and persistent mental illness. I have grown accustomed to the unusual comments or behaviors someone might have while in the midst of an exacerbation of a condition like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.