A Ministry that accompanies those on the dementia journey and beyond.
Mark 5:27-28 “She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.”
We are all like the woman reaching out to touch the Hem of Christ. Through our prayers, our interactions with our faith community, our church attendance, we seek healing from the many things that ail us in this world. We seek healing for physical, mental, emotional, financial, relational, spiritual pain. We cry out to God to be merciful and bring us peace. We pray for miracles and angels. We search for meaning for our pain and pray for healing, not knowing how long our pain might last or if it will end. We are all like the woman reaching out, believing that we will be healed, if only we touch a thread of Christ’s garment.
While we are all seekers in need of healing, we are also the hands and feet of Christ. Because of us, He can answer the prayers of others. As individuals living with dementia, as care partners, family and friends, and as community members, we become the hem of Christ for those seeking healing in this life and those walking with us on the dementia journey.
Over the years, people have reached out to me, and I have long since dreamt of finding a way to reach back out to these individuals in a new way. It will take a visionary and creative approach to shift the current narrative of dementia and faith to reach out and to help heal, but it can be done.
The Hem of Christ Ministry, originally the St. Dymphna Dementia Ministry, started in 2013, it has evolved and changed to meet the needs of current clients and community members.
Parishes and Care Communities
Providing education and support to our Parishes and Care Communities via the Wealthy in Faith Workshop: Learning how to Minister to those Living with Dementia and offering Faith-Based Life Enrichment program support.
Individuals and Families
Offering group and one-on-one ministry via bringing the Eucharist to those who cannot make it to Mass, offering Advent and Lenten Reflections, Blog Posts, and Weekly Prayer Intentions via Social Media and Email, and helping those out in the community find connections to the Sacraments, spiritual direction, and other resources that may help someone on their faith journey.
Supporting artists who work to bring Christ to others through their work, and encouraging artists to help create a Christ-filled narrative of life with dementia. Working with both the professional and the hobbyist alike.
21 When Jesus had crossed again [in the boat] to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea. 22 One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward. Seeing him he fell at his feet 23 and pleaded earnestly with him, saying, “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her* that she may get well and live.” 24 He went off with him, and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him. 25 There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years. 26 She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. 28 She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.” 29 Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. 30 Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?” 31 But his disciples said to him, “You see how the crowd is pressing upon you, and yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 The woman, realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”
Get Involved and Follow Along
We learn through the beauty of art. We connect through our shared stories. We find the hem of Christ in one another.
While I am Catholic, and view faith through that lens, I can connect you with others across the Midwest, Greater New York, and New England regions, who live and practice various faith traditions.
In Partnership and Support with these two great organizations! Thank you for helping this ministry move beyond what I can do alone.
GIVEN Institute – 2021 GIVEN Participant
OSV Innovation – 2021 Innovation Challenge Semi-Finalist