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Pastoral Care - Outreach

What is Pastoral Care?

We care for our senior citizens, the sick, the homebound, nursing home patients, homeless families, and those in need of counseling; and we promote the respect of life.

Our Mission: To minister to those in our parish community who are in need of help.  We encourage and enhance economic, spiritual, and personal development, where our volunteers promote spiritual wellness and the love of Jesus Christ to others. 

Que es Atención Pastoral?  Atención pastoral, es la oficina de ministerios de nuestra iglesia donde ofrecemos servicio a los demás.  Nos preocupamos por los ancianos, enfermos confinados en sus hogares o casa de ancianos, a los que están sin hogar, los nesecitados de consejeriá y promovemos el respeto a la vida.

*Please note that online Safe Environment Training and a fingerprinting/background check are both required for all volunteers. If you are volunteering for the Transportation Ministry a DMV report will also be required.  

Ministries to the Aging,
Homebound, and Sick

Pastoral Care provides information to help families dealing with aging issues, such as information on nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the area, home health care workers, Meals on Wheels, and other needs.

We also provide and support the following ministries:
Eucharistic Ministers for Hospital, Homebound & Nursing Homes
Nursing Home Visitation
Rosarians - come pray at the nursing home!
Nursing Home Crafts


The Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality (HOPE) is comprised of 22 congregations throughout Hillsborough County. They come together to work on issues of justice and fairness.
They organize for long-term systemic change.

At this time the issues that HOPE are working on are:
-Affordable Housing
-Criminal Justice

We are continuing to monitor:
-Civil Citations for Youthful Offenders
-Elder Care

Contact Pastoral Care 413.8351 for more information. 

We partner with 3 licensed counselors and one registered counselor who are available for individual, family, parenting, and couples counseling. 

Ministries to Families after the death of a loved one
Lazarus Ministry
Ministry of Presence

Life Ministries

Life Ministries promotes the sanctity of life from conception to natural death and respect for the dignity of all life. Issues include areas of fertility, the elderly, the disabled, human trafficking, and the death penalty.

Bereavement Support Group
The loss of a loved one is life's most stressful events and can cause emotional crisis.  Our support group is available to those who have experienced a loss and are looking for a safe caring environment where they can talk with others in similar life situations.

Group meets on Sunday evenings at 7PM 
at the Pastoral Care Office.

Call Pastoral Care for meeting dates.

201 S. Oakwood Ave. Brandon, FL
(across the street from the east side of church.)
Led by Joann M. Buffington, LMHC
and Howard Baum, RMHC.

Nativity Legal Consultation
Lay Ministry

Provides an opportunity for parishioners to get their legal questions answered without cost or charge of any kind.

Call the Pastoral Care Office to schedule an appointment at 813.413.8351.

Fitness Ministry
Senior Fit - (seasonal) for ladies Thursday at 10:30am

Held in the Multi-purpose room of the Youth Center.

Currently unable to meet due to COVID-19. 

Faith Community Nursing
A partnership between BayCare Health Systems and the Faith Community here at Nativity, engaging nurses to promote health and wholeness by addressing the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of the Parish through education, advocacy, and health screenings.

Helps educate parishioners on health and wellness issues.  Contact David Meek


You can make a difference in a family's life.  Participate today helping families regain stability and control of their lives, giving them a true "hand up."

Although the families are not staying at the parish for our assigned weeks due to the Pandemic, our Family Promise minstry volunteers are working to provide meals and other needed supplies for the families while they are in the program. 

If you would like to volunteer with this ministry, or would like more information, please contact: 

Faith based volunteer organization (5013c)

Meets with Families that are referred to them by various Social Service agencies to help, at no cost, to help furnish or provide items of need for their homes. Donations from Parishes and the community of gently used furniture or household items are greatly appreciated, as well as volunteers to deliver furnishings or pick up items that are donated.

Van & Transportation Ministry

Our transportation ministry helps with rides to doctor appointments, shopping, and beauty shop appointments. 
Our Van Ministry helps those who need rides to Mass at 4pm Saturday or 10:30am Sunday.  Space is limited.  Please call our office for applications to ride.

Currently unavailable due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Surviving Divorce:
Hope & Healing for the Catholic Family 

Surviving Divorce was created to bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage. It is for the separated and divorced and those still struggling with issues many years later. It will help them answer their questions, restore hope, and begin authentic healing.

This 12-week program will help you:

  • Work through the emotional upheaval of separation and divorce.
  • Find personal healing and hope.
  • Discover a deeper understanding of God’s love for you.
  • Gain wisdom and comfort from experts and others who share your experiences.
  • Navigate new concerns like custody, court hearings, and finances.

This ministry has moved to online Zoom meetings. Please contact Pastoral Care for details.

Alcoholics Anonymous 1-800-356-9996

Group meeting times and locations vary.

Suffering from Domestic Violence?
Our office also provides information and help in contacting Domestic Violence assistance in the Tampa Bay Area

Is a Foster Family support ministry helping Foster Families using small teams of volunteers that reach out to identified foster families within the Parish and School. They do this by building a relationship with the family, providing a meal during the week, helping with homework, helping with chores around the house or other activities that may help to support the families as they care for these children.


Is a 9-week, Dave Ramsey course teaching budgeting, basic financial planning, and debt pay off, that centers on being good stewards of God’s blessings. The course is free. Materials for the course are purchased by the participant prior to taking the classes through the Dave Ramsey organization.

The course will be offered in both English and Spanish by Laura Santiago and Joel Acevado.

Financial Peace University will help you take control of your money, plan for your future, and transform your life. 

Date of Next Series: TBD.

Cost for the class is FREE. Materials are to be purchased at the registration website 
(Cost $109).

Prison Ministry

Help us mentor and evangelize to the imprisoned.  Safe Environment Certification required.


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For more information on any of these ministries listed, call Bonnie Ussery Director of our Pastoral Care Office at 813-413-8351.

Address: 201 South Oakwood (across the street from the Church campus on the East side). 

Office Hours:
Monday – Thursday, 8:00am – 2:00pm and Friday, 8:00am – 1:00pm

Office hours are subject to change.  During the summer months please check the weekly bulletin or church website for specific office hours.

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