The Health and Wellness Ministry serves the people of St. Joseph University Parish and its community, supporting health and wellness under the guidance and work of the Health and Wellness Cabinet and the Parish Nurse. Activities include all aspects of a person/family’s health to include the mind, body and spirit.

This ministry is inclusive, “recognizing the dignity of every human being, serving Christ in all persons.”

  • Guiding Principles: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
  • This is not a one-person ministry. It calls for the support and direction of a Health and Wellness Cabinet and members of the faith community willing to share their expertise for the good of the whole.
  • Wellness awareness integrated with personal spirituality. Pastoral presence is our most important resource.
  • God works with us for well-being and wholeness.
  • A whole person strengthens the whole community.
  • Spiritual centeredness, companionship and a sense of belonging help to motivate people towards maintenance of wellness.

Wellness Cabinet
Members include persons from all disciplines who are called to share their expertise in exploring, planning and implementing programs to address the overall wellness of the faith community. Members can participate on short and long term task-groups within the cabinet. This group gathers on the first Wednesday of each month during the year from September to June.

Examples of activities include:

  • Annual Flu Clinics
  • Monthly Blood Pressure Screenings
  • Blood Drives
  • Preventative Educational Workshops/Forums – topics include Aging/Facing Death (Advanced Directives), Diabetes, Arthritis, Dementia, Organ Donation, Cardiovascular Risks, Intimate Partner Violence, Stress Management, Coping with everyday life experiences, Addiction, and other major illnesses/circumstances.

Contact: Trish Kibler – dioxin22@yahoo.com

Transition Care
(to/from hospital, rehabilitation centers, home, and/or long term care facilities)

The health care system is complicated and difficult to traverse. In times of illness, many decisions will need to be made. The Parish Nurse is available to come and visit with you and those you choose, including your health care providers to help you to best understand the issues you will encounter. The Parish Nurse can act as an advocate throughout the process and help arrange for coordination of care, and most importantly be with you for support. Remember… “You are never alone!” (John 14: 15-3)

Contact: Ann Marie MacIsaac – amacisaac@stjosephbuffalo.org – (716)833-0298 Ext.318

Diabetes Sisters
St. Joseph University Parish is the HOME of the local chapter of this national group of women. The group is designed to offer support and education to women who have Diabetes. If you have Diabetes or know a woman who does, please extend an invitation to attend. This group meets on the first Wednesday of each month in the evening all year long.

Contact: Cathy Wallace – cathiew@diabetessisters.org

Bulletin Prayer List
You are invited to ask our faith community to pray for you during times when your mind, body and/or spirit are threatened. Remember, God desires us to be WHOLE. The Parish Nurse will follow up with you regarding your permission for your name to be placed in the weekly bulletin which is also found on- line on our website.

Contact: Ann Marie MacIsaac – amacisaac@stjosephbuffalo.org – (716)833-0298 Ext.318

Remember… “Everyone has storms and difficulties in their lives and He will never leave you alone.” (Hebrews 13:5)