Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.” So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. —Acts 8:29-31
The Cathedral offers the values of Philip the Deacon—grace, excellence, and hospitality—in the midst difficulty and transition. Philip had the grace to baptize the eunuch. He had the excellence to explain the gospel. Philip had the hospitality to join the Ethiopian eunuch; he got up into the chariot with him (Acts 8:26–40).
After Philip baptizes the Ethiopian eunuch, scripture says he is “snatched up” and disappears. This serves as a reminder that our mission is to offer care during transitions. The pastoral care department does not have the experience, personnel, or resources to provide long-term care, case management, or financial assistance. However, we do have the ability to connect you with agencies whose mission is to provide such care.
We believe that pastoral care is rooted in the grace of Christ, so we draw upon the sacraments and sacramental rites in the Book of Common Prayer.
We will offer excellent care and guidance through counseling sessions, classes, programs, pastoral visits, workshops, and worship.
Clergy, counselors, staff, and volunteers will be present with you during life’s difficulties and transitions.
We hope that you will participate our pastoral offerings and experience the grace, excellence, and hospitality of the Cathedral.
Pastoral Care Team
The pastoral care department offers many ways to be involved in congregational care. In addition to volunteers, we are always looking for names of parishioners to call or visit.
Pastoral Care Guild
This group is composed of volunteers who call upon and visit those on the Cathedral prayer list, and those who are no longer able attend church. This guild meets once a month to discuss best practices in pastoral care.
Have you recovered from a particular crisis, illness or surgery, and would like to help others walk through their journey? If so, please sign up to be in our Pastoral Companions database. Our goal is to match people seeking support for a particular health or life crisis with someone who has already weathered that storm. If you’ve had heart surgery, breast cancer, other cancer, back surgery, financial issues, unemployment, etc., and would like to share wisdom and support with someone currently going through something similar, please contact us to register your info. Likewise, if you are experiencing a health or life crisis and would like the support of someone who’s “been there,” let us know! Please contact Janie Harris, 404-365-1034, with questions or to sign up.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
These volunteers participate in the Sunday Eucharist when they are sent out to take the sacraments to those who are sick or unable to attend church. This group of volunteers is also invited to participate in the monthly Pastoral Care Guild meetings. In addition to volunteers, we are looking for names of parishioners to visit.
Clergy and other volunteers regularly visit the Cathedral Towers, Canterbury Court, and Lenbrook Square. In addition to visiting senior communities, Canon Carolynne Williams helps coordinate St. Anthony’s Guild, which holds events and programs for elders.
The Cathedral has an active prayer list that is prayed by many different groups. We also include the list in our Sunday services. We encourage parishioners to add their names or the name of someone else (with their permission) to the prayer list.
All Saints Requiem
On Sunday, November 5 at 4 p.m., the Cathedral Choir and Schola will sing at our annual Requiem Eucharist for all those who have died this past year. During that Eucharist, we will read the names of those members, family, and friends who have died in the past year. It is a great way to remember a loved one as the holiday season approaches.