Pastoral Care Questions & Answers

Pastoral Care at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

  • What happens if someone can no longer attend Mass?

    Ministers of Care from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish bring Holy Communion to private homes, Banner Del Webb Hospital, and a number of care centers and assisted living facilities in the area.  Other parishes bring Holy Communion to Boswell Hospital and other facilities and homes outside of our parish boundaries.  If you are unable to get to Mass, please call the parish office at 623-214-5180.  Arrangements will be made for a Minister of Care to bring Holy Communion. 

    If you are in Banner Del Webb Hospital, please make sure the Admitting Department knows you are a Catholic and would like to be on the list to receive Holy Communion.  Ministers of Care visit the hospital on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, usually after morning Mass.  Please note that if you are ill, you do not have to fast before receiving Holy Communion.

    If you are in a care center or an assisted living facility, check with the activities director or residence manager about who brings Holy Communion to the facility, and ask to be put on the Catholic list.  You may also call the parish office at 623-214-5180.

  • What is the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and how can one arrange to receive it?

    The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, which some may know as “Last Rites” or “Extreme Unction”, is a sacrament of healing; it is not only for those who are near death.  It is available to those of the faithful whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or advanced age.  It is also appropriate to receive the sacrament prior to a serious surgery.  It can be received multiple times in a person’s life.  It is best not to wait until someone is very close to death to request the sacrament for them.

    The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is administered by our parish priests at health care facilities within our parish boundaries 24 hours a day in urgent situations.  This includes Banner Del Webb Hospital, Banner Hospice Grandview, and care centers and assisted living facilities in Sun City West.    Our priests also make home visits during daylight hours within our parish boundaries and to registered parishioners who live near our parish boundaries (e.g., Sun City Grand).  When parishioners are at Boswell Hospital or care centers out of our boundaries, the local parish will send a priest for the anointing.

    If you or someone you care about needs the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, call the parish office at 623-214-5180.  There is a system set up to reach someone 24 hours a day.

  • How does one plan a funeral Mass?

    When a parishioner dies, a family member or the Funeral Director from the mortuary calls the parish office at 623-214-5180.  Someone from the Pastoral Care Department arranges the funeral date and time based on availability and the preferences of the family.  A parish funeral coordinator then meets with the family to plan the details of the funeral Mass including the selection of hymns and Scripture readings.

    Many parishioners pre-plan their funeral Mass.  Each fall, the parish offers a Funeral Pre-Planning Workshop to assist parishioners with this process.  Pre-planning materials are also available year round from both parish offices.    

  • What bereavement services are available?

    Whitney Lynch, our parish social worker, offers bereavement support groups and individual bereavement support.  She may be contacted at 623-344-7285 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Are other support services available?

    Whitney Lynch, our parish social worker, is available to assist parishioners in a variety of situations:

    • Community information and referral
    • Assistance navigating the physical and behavioral health care systems
    • Education on home care, home health, and care centers
    • Caregiver support
    • Identifying barriers to remaining independent
    • Assistance obtaining advanced directives
    • Connecting individuals with chronic illness to appropriate support networks

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For more information about Pastoral Care at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Parish, please contact:

Lisa Kragness 
Director of Pastoral Care
623-344-7283
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Whitney Lynch
Parish Social Worker
623-344-7285
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