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.
A Spiritual Path from Darkness to Hope: Devotions for Your Time in Psychiatric Care
About this Devotion Book: I minister on the psychiatric unit of a hospital as chaplain. This particular ministry has been an interest area of mine for many years, for both professional and personal…
Stations of the Cross with Reflections on Mental Illness
Tom Frieberg, originally from Albany, NY, is a healthcare chaplain who lives in Vancouver, WA. He did his chaplaincy training at the Oregon State Hospital (a secure, inpatient psychiatric facility).…
A Mirror of Compassion
Physician of Souls, Healer of Hearts,
create within me an unwavering resolution
to be a reflection of your unconditional love
as I accompany others in their time of suffering.
Holy listening, that is, listening in the context of the healing presence of God, means hearing what a person tells us and letting their story unfold at their pace. It affirms a person’s…
Prayer to the Holy Spirit for Help
Holy Spirit, kindle in me the fire of your love.
Help me to know and to feel that I am loved.
Help me to remember that I am connected to You and to others and to this earth.
Help me to…