Tri-Parish Health Ministry

The Tri-Parish Health Ministry (TPHM) is comprised of representatives from each of the Columbia parishes who are members of an existing Health Ministry committee or are interested in exploring issues of faith and health within their parishes. It is hoped that through this collaboration valuable resourcescan be shared.

The focus of the TPHM is on “wholistic” care. This is not a misspelling of “holistic.” The term was first advocated by the Rev. Dr. Granger Westberg, to relate the term to wholeness and avoid confusion with the holistic, which often connotes non-religious alternative health care practices. Wholistic care focuses on mind, body and spirit.

The initial work of the health ministry was to identify the health and caring ministries that currently exist in our parishes. This led to development of the recently published Tri-Parish Ministry booklet (available in the parishes).

In August, 2015, the ministry sponsored an End of Life Issues program.

During Advent of 2015, the ministry will sponsor Walk to Bethlehem.

Other programs will follow.

Members of the team also attend the meetings (3 per year) of the Diocesan Faith Based Health Ministry Network, a program of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri.

The TPHM meets monthly and new members are always welcome

Contact Liz Raine elizabeth.raine@gmail.com or Susan Devaney devaney.susan@gmail.com

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