Healthcare Ministries


Promotes an understanding of wholistic healing – body, mind, and spirit, acknowledging that all healing is from God. Educates about the relationship between values, attitudes, lifestyle, faith, and health. Makes home, hospital, and nursing home visits to help people cope with health issues and offer the sacraments of the church to promote healing. Makes referrals to parish and community resources. Support groups such as GriefShare, Alzheimer’s Caregivers, and more.  Listens, and supports parishioners to help them do what they can do, and helps them communicate their needs. Facilitates a large corps of volunteers to help do all of the above! For more information contact Mayela Guerrero at 661-847-8471

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St. Philip’s Health Care Ministry makes home, hospital, and nursing home visits to help people cope with health issues and offer the sacraments of the church to promote healing.   Lay ministers visit homebound parishioners once a week to pray, give communion, and to offer companionship and a connection to the church.  In addition, arrangements can be made for a priest to visit when there is a need for anointing of the sick for a seriously ill parishioner.

To  request a minister or priest to visit, please call the church office or the Health Care Ministry.

If you would like to submit a prayer request, please call or email. Volunteers pray for the needs of our parish.  Prayer requests are sent out by email, and in a monthly prayer letter.
Requests for the Prayers for the Sick in the bulletin should be submitted with a contact phone numbers.  Names are listed up to six months.



GriefShare is a special thirteen week seminar/support group for people grieving the death of someone close.  It’s a place where you can be around people who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss.  If you have lost someone close to you, or know someone that has, please call for more information about this weekly support group.We know it hurts, and we want to help.This thirteen week group is offered twice a year at St. Philip’s, February through May, and July through October, facilitated by people who have also experienced their own losses.  In addition, Surviving the Holidays is offered in November.  If you are in need of a group and St. Philip’s does not have a group currently meeting when you can attend, the Health Care Ministry office is here to help you find a group in Bakersfield that meets your needs.For more information about GriefShare, please visit  This website has many helpful resources.

This group is for people who enjoy knitting and crocheting, or would like to learn.  While enjoying each other’s company, we knit and crochet blankets, scarves, hats, and other items that are donated for a variety of community organizations.  Yarn is supplied by the ministry through generous donations.  Mary B’s meets the second and fourth Wednesday afternoons year round, with the exception of November and December.

Alzheimer’s Disease is a very difficult journey for the whole family.  If you are a caregiver for a family member with dementia or Alzheimer’s, you know how difficult it is.  This is a group that meets once a month to give caregivers a place to share with others, and to offer support, compassion, coping skills, and friendship.Please call for the current day and time.

Autumn Gospel is a group for women of all ages in transition because of moving, health changes, family, retirement, life!  The group members support each other as we share our lives.  We usually have a spiritual book to read and discuss during our first hour, and the second hour is devoted to reading and studying the Sunday scriptures.  Autumn Gospel meets Thursday mornings September through May.

VOLUNTEER Ministry to Retirement and Nursing Homes and the Homebound:

  • Participate with a team of people who lead communion services at nursing home and retirement centers on a weekly basis.  
  • Assist with one or more of nine monthly Masses at nursing homes and retirement centers.  
  • Visit the homebound, providing the Eucharist and a companion for a lonely person who cannot get to Mass.

Training for volunteers in the nursing home ministry are offered twice a year, or as needed. Other volunteer opportunities:Serve as a prayer minister to pray for the many needs of our parish and community.Serve on a GriefShare leaders’ team as a co-leader, greeter, or on the prayer team.Send greeting cards to those in nursing homes, retirement centers, and the homebound.Knit, crochet, or sew prayer blankets for those who are ill.  This is a tangible sign of the community’s prayer.Serve with a committee of other medically trained volunteers to provide blood pressure screening and first aid at parish events.