St. Elizabeth Seton Parish
St. Elizabeth Seton
If one part suffers, all the parts
suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share
its joy. Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts
Corinthians 13: 26, 27
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Individually and collectively to grow and create an environment of
encouragement toward positive health behaviors and the promotion of health
Issues of health are basic to all people. We all struggle with illness,
stress, injury and loss. We all want to be well and functioning to the best
of our abilities.
Health is viewed not only as the absence of disease, but as a sense of
physical, social, psychological and spiritual well-being and of being in
harmony with self, others, the environment and with God.
The purpose of the Health Ministry is to nurture the human spirit through
health education, spiritual support and linking the needs of the whole
person to resources within the congregation, community, and the health care
What is a Parish Nurse?
The Health Ministry is anchored by the Parish Nurse. A Parish Nurse is a
registered nurse who is specially trained to assist persons toward wholeness
and enable persons in their holistic health journey.
The Parish Nurse can often assist during times of crisis or celebration,
offering presence or prayer. She does not replace the patient’s need for
routine physical check-ups and necessary medical care, but can assist with
accessing appropriate levels of health care.
Spiritual - Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual
exercise is valuable in every way, because it promises life for both the
present and for the future. 1 Tim. 4:8
Emotional - A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a downcast
spirit dries up the bones. Prov. 17:22
Physical - ….your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who
lives in you and who was given to you by God. 1Cor. 6:9
|Parish Nursing Services:
- Health Education: Weekly Bulletin/ Bulletin board
- Monthly Blood Pressure Screenings
Instructions for SES
- CPR/AED Training
- Annual Flu Shot Clinic
- Support groups: weight loss, menopausal, and
others as needed
- Home visits, nursing home visits and hospital
- Works closely with other ministries: Helping
Hands, Elizabeth Ministries, Bereavement
- Supports preschool requirements and Religious
- Health Promotion Activities
- Resource referral information
- Oversees the needs of the homebound
- Health Ministry Emergency Preparedness
When Should You Call the Parish Nurse?
- Admission to the hospital or discharge from the
- Health questions
- Recovering from illness/surgery and need support
- Support for coping with chronic illness or
support for the caregiver of one with chronic illness
- At time of bereavement
Who is Our Parish Nurse?
Kathy Ross has been a registered nurse for over 40 years. She comes from
Brooklyn, New York where she graduated from Kings County Hospital Center
School of Nursing.
As a member of the International Parish Nurse Association, Kathy enjoys
working with other local nurses and health care professionals in promoting
good health habits. She sees this position as a ministry of presence, in
which she can bring God’s love to people in many ways.
Kathy and her husband, Deacon Tom Ross, have been parishioners of St.
Elizabeth Seton since 2001. They have 6 children and 10 grandchildren.
The Health Ministry Office is located in the Upper Level of the Worship
Kathy Ross, R.N.
(630) 416-3325 x 212
People Ministering to People
2220 Lisson Road, Naperville, Illinois 60565, (630) 416-3325
"We shall strive to become more prayerful, peaceful people."
This page was last updated and edited
September 20, 2009
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