Health Ministry

Mission Statement

To enrich those we serve, with the healing blessings of faith; to be present and promote the wellness of body, mind and spirit.


As people of faith, our purpose is to nourish, sustain, and support the health of the people of this parish and its community.

  • To assess the health needs within the Parish on a continuing basis
  • To offer assistance to the members of the Parish and to look at issues of health or illness through counseling, visitation, or educational seminars within the context of our faith
  • To ensure confidentiality of personal information
  • To provide a liaison between members of our Parish and community health care services and other resources
  • To provide support to the Parish Nurse in her/his designated duties
  • To evaluate all services provided through the Health Cabinet

  • Health Cabinet Members

    Sylvia Cripple, McKara Thiede, Kami Holst, Terese Harrison, Rita McRoberts, Barb Arland-Fye, Cheryl Costello, Brian Dugan, Kathy Cox, Debbie Ross, Josh Lawlor, Jackie Mausser, Jim Walsh, Chris Walsh, and Jennifer Hildebrand

    Join Us

    Our hope is to grow through the participation of more parishioners. Perhaps you have the gift of time, cooking, sewing or other talent. If you would like to be part of this growing ministry, we would welcome you to join us! If you are aware of a need that is not currently being addressed, please let us know. If you would like to participate in training to learn more about this ministry, you can also contact us.

    Parish Nurse Activities

    • Blood Pressure Screenings
    • Home, Hospital and Long Term Care Visitation
    • Holy Eucharist to the Homebound
    • Health Presentations
    • Card Ministry
    • Grief Share
    • Coordinate Night to Shine Prom
    • Prayer Shawl Ministry
    • CPR/AED
    • Foot Clinic
    • Meals/Transportation/Errands
    • Assistance with Navigating Healthcare System
    • Assistance with IPOST/Advance Directives
    • Emergency Preparedness/First Aid

    Night to Shine Prom

    For the 5th year in a row, Our Lady of the River will co-host the Tim Tebow Night to Shine Prom for individuals age 14 and older with special needs. This event is always held on the Friday before Valentine’s Day and this year it falls on February 12, 2021. This is a FREE event for everyone and includes a gift bag full of prom souvenirs, corsage or boutonniere, and crown or tiara for all registered guests. In addition, each special guest is paired with a volunteer Buddy who will ensure the guest has the best experience possible. Together they will enjoy the evening festivities including a red carpet entrance, hair/makeup/shoe shine, dinner, DJ and dancing, karaoke, photos, limo rides and all guests are crowned king or queen of the prom at the end. This year due to the pandemic, the prom will be virtual but registered guests still receive a gift bag, crown and flower. All guests need to register at and check the website often for the most up to date information. Space is limited to 500 guests and registration closes at 9 pm on January 15, 2021.


    For more information on the OLOR Health Ministry or if you would like to join us please contact Jennifer Hildebrand.
    Cell (563) 370-4412 or Email


    Caregiver Learning Sessions