Older Adult Ministry

Christ’s Crafters

 Ever wonder where the beautiful baptismal bibs and prayer shawls come from?  They are hand-crafted right here at Holy Family by the talented stewards of Christ Crafters.

Christ Crafters began as one simple project. The group knitted and crocheted matching scarves for the teens and adults that went to Washington, DC to participate in the national Right to Life march in January 2008.  Since then, Christ Crafters has blossomed into a stewardship ministry that not only knits and crochets items for activities like the Right to Life march and baptisms but also items for homeless shelters, battered-women’s homes and many other worthy causes.  Its members knit and crochet hats, scarves, afghans, lap robes, and a variety of other items. 

You name it, Christ Crafters is interested in creating it.  However, they need your help to continue this ministry.   The more hands they have, the more people they can help.  Even if knitting or crocheting is not your talent, the group can always use donations of supplies such as yarn, needles and patterns to carry out this creative ministry.

And although it is listed as an older adult ministry, Christ Crafters is open to all parishioners. 

Currently, Christ Crafters participants will be working from home while repairs are done to the lower church hall.  When repairs are complete, the group will resume meeting every Wednesday from 1-3pm in room 4 of the lower church hall.  However, if you prefer, project participation can always be done from the comfort of your own home when you have the time.   If you are interested in helping this group with their ministry, contact 330-688-6412, x272 for more information.

 If you would like to learn more about this ministry, contact Barbie Byrne, pastoral minister, at 330-688-6412, x272 or at byrne@holyfamilystow.org.


Diabetic Support Group

If you are living with diabetes, do you:

  • Need to learn more?
  • Need help to stay on track?
  • Need to share experiences?

Holy Family’s Diabetic Support Group is for those living with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.   The session is an open forum to discuss the issues important to you.  You can come to learn more, to solve a particular problem or help others by sharing your experiences. 

Whether you were just diagnosed or have been living with diabetes for years, there will be parishioners there to support you. 

Sessions are held bi-monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at 7pm.  The next session is scheduled for July 14 in the Chapel.  Watch the weekly bulletin and the Holy Family website events calendar (www.holyfamilystow.org) for more information.  Please contact Barbie Byrne at 330-688-6412, x272 or at byrne@holyfamilystow.org if you have questions. 


Ministry to the Sick and Homebound

Holy Family’s Ministry to the Sick and Homebound provides a spiritual and sacramental lifeline to community members who cannot attend Mass because of hospitalization, serious illness, advanced age, pregnancy, injury or similar circumstance. Those who provide this ministry take communion and bring fellowship to parishioners in their homes, hospitals, nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

 “It is very fulfilling to take Communion to those who want to participate in the Holy Eucharist and Holy Family community but are unable to do so,” said Bernie Scheidler, one of the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the sick and homebound. “These parishioners truly appreciate the opportunity to receive the sacrament, pray, socialize and receive support from their parish.”

 Bernie also added, “It can be enjoyable visiting once a week with those who are ill or otherwise homebound.  I have felt a real bonding with many of them.”

 There is a growing need for parishioners to join this ministry, because it has been expanding to include additional nursing homes, assisted living facilities and senior residence.  To become an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to the sick and homebound, you must:

1.)   have a desire to minister to the sick and feel comfortable around people who may be in pain or a diminished state of health;

2.)   complete a Diocesan Eucharistic minister training seminar which includes instruction on ministering to the sick & homebound;

3.)   have one-two hours per week to devote to this ministry.

If you would like to learn more about this ministry, contact Barbie Byrne, pastoral minister, at 330-688-6412, x272 or at byrne@holyfamilystow.org.