Spititual Works of Mercy
Pastoral counseling is the practice of talking with individuals, couples, and families to increase their understanding of emotional and religious conflicts and to help resolve problems using religious and other resources. Pastor is a biblical word for shepherd, one who cares for the health and salvation of believers, as in the sentence, “The pastor is a shepherd of the congregation.” Pastoral counselors are called and entrusted by religious communities to help people strengthen their faith in God. They are trained to listen, respond empathetically, make assessments, and provide resources for people who seek their help. “Christian modes of healing have always distinguished themselves by achieving a spiritual advance in connection with the healing process” (Hunter 1990, p. 497).
Sick call is a call for a priest to minister to the spiritual needs of a person who is gravely ill. Normally the sacraments administered on a sick call are penance, Holy Communion, and anointing of the sick
Requesting for a sick call may notify or call the parish office. This service is given anytime of the day though this caters mostly to the people within the jurisdiction of the parish.