Parish Nursing

Care in the Name of Christ



Mission Statement

The Mission of Parish Nurse Ministry within The Parish of Christ the King is “to promote Jesus as our Healer and Great Physician by ministering to the sick, advocating for the oppressed and promoting health and wholeness within our Parish Community.”


Parish Nursing and Health Ministry is a Parish-based ministry, which cares for the whole person — body, mind, and spirit. This ministry arises from the needs of the Parish Community and is realized through the talents of registered nurses and other health professionals or lay leaders who combine health science with pastoral care.

While each Parish Community’s program is unique, all programs provide for wellness, health, and healing as well as access to community health resources.


“Many people who have gone into nursing were motivated by a desire to serve people in a whole-person manner…
freedom to minister holistically to people is the gift that Parish Nursing offers.”


Granger Westberg ~ Father of Parish Nursin

Meet our Parish Nurse, Rosemary Orsi Holland, RN, ADN, FCN


Rosemary and her husband, Clint retired to Mashpee and joined Christ the King Parish in 2010. She started volunteering at the Blood Pressure Clinic at Christ the King under the leadership of Betty Mazzucchelli. Rosemary became certified as a Faith Community Nurse (FCN) after completing the certificate program at the Diocese of Boston in 2015.


Rosemary is a graduate of the LPN program at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Shepard Gill School and completed her RN and Associates Degree in Nursing at Rhode Island Community College in 1978. Rosemary’s nursing career has been mostly in the Boston area; she has worked at Children’s Hospital, Newton Wellesley Hospital, Beth Israel/Deaconess Hospital, and retired from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2008 after 44 years of continuous hospital nursing services.


In addition, Rosemary volunteers with the Food to Encourage Program for Diabetic and Hypertensive patients at the Falmouth Service Center; she also is a member of the Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps.


The Blood Pressure Clinic is held once a month here at Christ the King (May through December) after the 4:00 PM Saturday Mass, and after the 8:30 and 10:30 AM Masses on Sunday.

You can call the Parish Office at (508) 477-7700 to request to have Rosemary call you back to discuss any medical-related questions you have, or to discuss services and support groups available throughout Mashpee and other organizations on Cape Cod.


What will Parish Nurses do at The Parish of Christ the King?

Provide blood pressure monitoring services and health counseling at designated times each month.


Make home/hospital/nursing home visits to parishioners, as requested by the Pastor, The Pastoral Care Committee, parishioners’ families, or other persons.


Identify the need for educational programs; also, support or volunteer groups, per the interests and needs of the parish.


Initiate, lead, and participate in health-related programs that assist parishioners to achieve wholeness of body, mind, and spirit.

Participate in personal spiritual formation opportunities and provide spiritual support to parishioners, as needed.

Parish nursing services will NOT duplicate professional nursing services provided by other health care agencies.

The American Nurses Association recognizes parish nursing as a specialty and parishioners follow the Scope and Standard of Practice for Parish Nursing.

The Parish Nurse is a…

Health Counselor
Discusses issues and is a resource in
times of concern or crisis; visits
members in their home or in the hospital.


Promotes the relationship between physical and spiritual health through parishioner-based programs.


Assists parishioners to understand their health care needs.

Connects Parishioners with others and
refers to community agencies when


Supervises volunteers who are part of
the Health Care Ministry Team; provides education to assist them in their roles.


Encourages healing of body, mind, and spirit through visitation, prayer, and a listening presence.