Pastoral Care

The Church is a Field Hospital for Sinners.

Pastoral Care

Philosophy and Mission


The philosophy underpinning our Pastoral Care is to incorporate pastoral care into the ongoing spiritual life of our parish with compassion and commitment to the teachings of the Church.


This mission is to reflect and implement a strong Christian foundation for all parish ministries in order to facilitate and enhance the spiritual growth of the parish.

Ministry to the Sick


“Lord, the one you love is sick.” John 11:3


We take our responsibility and duty to the parish community of the homebound, those in Care Centers and Hospitals and our catholic brothers and sisters that wish to receive pastoral care from our ministry, with compassionate care and concern. Our mission is to faithfully be present to those in need of our support, prayers and most importantly to offer the Eucharist.


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion bring the comfort of Christ in the form of the Eucharist to those who cannot come to Church. In this way, the sick and house bound are united to the Body of Christ present in our community. If you have a loved one who is unable to attend Mass and would like to receive the Eucharist please call the parish office.


Many opportunities are available to assist in this ministry. We ask you to prayerfully consider if God is calling you to serve in this most needed ministry. Please contact Fr Stuart if you are interested in exploring this vocation.


Anointing of the Sick 

You may always call our parish offices for the sacrament if the someone needs this sacrament.  This sacrament does not have to be given only near death but may be received when there is serious illness.

Memory Cafe


The Memory Cafe is a wonderfully welcoming place run by the Parish in conjunction with and hosted by the Ash Tree in Ashford.  The memory Cafe is for individuals who have Alzheimer’s Disease or any other form of dementia, or other memory issues disorders. Additionally, it is helpful for people with all forms of mild cognitive impairment.


While the Memory Cafe is beneficial for those living with dementia, it is also beneficial for their caregivers as well. It is not a place to “drop off” your loved one for a while, but a way to enjoy time with them as a break from the normal routine that you share.


The Memory Cafe is a safe and comfortable space where caregivers and their loved ones can socialize and enjoy other appropriate activities.

(c) St Mary's and St Matthew's PCC