Our clergy—bishops, priests, and deacons—and family life ministers are in a unique and blessed position to care for those in our dioceses and parishes who carry the crosses of infertility and pregnancy loss. What they may not know is how many in the pews suffer in this way or how to minister to them. The effect on each person—and his or her marriage—varies, but the need is the same: for a “Simon” to walk alongside them, sharing the burden of this cross, and encouraging them to draw closer to God and their spouse.
In an effort to help our clergy and family life ministers provide the best pastoral care possible, we’ve created a new resource just for them, as they seek to lead us through this sensitive and difficult time. Our Pastoral Toolkit is full of information and print materials for them and their flock. If you order a Pastoral Toolkit for your parish or diocese, they will receive:
- Our Pastoral Guide, a booklet written by the Springs in the Desert team, full of information about infertility, pregnancy loss, adoption, the temptation of certain Artificial Reproductive Technologies, how to handle the Mother’s Day blessing, and more!
- Springs in the Desert brochures, to help parishioners more easily find our ministry.
- Information about ordering Springs in the Desert Small Group Guides.
- Infertility in the Parish brochures, to help educate those in the parish who are not struggling with infertility, and raise awareness and sensitivity towards this complex issue.
- Our Mother’s Day resource for celebrating Mother’s Day in a way that honors all women and is sensitive to those walking the path of infertility.
- Our Examination of Conscience resource to help couples experience the gift of Confession in a season of infertility.
- Print pamphlets containing our “5 Things” resources, to help educate and raise awareness among specific audiences (healthcare providers, NaPro doctors, priests, etc.).
- 1-hour consultation with Springs in the Desert team members to help take stock of the situation in the parish or diocese and open up new avenues for ministering to those who are walking the path of infertility.
- . . . and more!