Christian Service provides the opportunities for parishioners to live out their faith through actions exemplifying the Corporal Works of Mercy and Catholic Social Teaching. We are committed to the philosophy that ministry transforms the heart of the one who serves while transforming the lives of those who are served.
Some of the areas covered by Christian Service ministry:
Hospitality ministry reaches out in welcome by hosting receptions following:
We provide visitation and outreach to the homebound, ill, and aging in St. Patrick Parish and the larger community. Please call 248-698-3100 or email [email protected] for more information.
Parishioners are invited to bring non-perishable food items and paper products to Mass on the weekend. The items are collected and counted and taken to the Open Door Outreach Center in Union Lake. The Open Door is a local agency for food and clothing distribution. Other food collections happen once a month at a school Mass, Thanksgiving eve, and Thanksgiving Day, and on the feast day of St. Vincent de Paul. We also participate in Operation Rice Bowl during the season of Lent. This almsgiving program helps support the work of Catholic Relief Services.
This occurs at Christmas, Easter and the beginning of school in August. Tags are hung and parishioners are invited to take a tag, purchase the requested item, and return it by the distribution date. Gifts and gift certificates are sorted and delivered to local agencies, who them make them available to their clients. Other recipients of the Sharing Program include homebound parishioners and residents of local nursing facilities and adult care homes.
Coffee and donuts are served almost every Sunday morening in the parish social hall following the 8am and 10am Masses. Families, groups and individuals help set up, serve and clean up. This gathering provides fellowship for parishioners as well as money for the 6 missions we support.
Founded in 1833, St. Vincent de Paul is an international, Catholic, lay organization that helps those in need. We are not a social service agency, we are a person to person Catholic Ministry that sees the face of Christ in the face of those who are suffering. The philosophy of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is “No work of charity is foreign to the Scoiety. Need, not creed, determines who is helped, and how.” The need is ongoing within our St. Patrick parish boundary area. We in the Society strive to meet these needs on an individual basis, while maintaining anonymity and the dignity of those whom we serve.
We provide this help by visiting the people in their homes to assess their situation, determine the needs, provide immediate assistance, and make recommendations for other agencies. This is in keeping with the Society’s mission “to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in the tradition of the founder, Blessed Frederik Ozanam, and its patron, St. Vincent de Paul.”
Our ability to give this assistance is made possible by your contributions to the Poor Boxes located at the doors of the church and by donations mailed directly to us at the parish. Every penny goes directly to assist those who are struggling.
Stephen Ministers are members of St. Patrick Parish who provide one-on-one Christian care to individuals experiencing personal loss or difficulty.
Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of training and are commissioned at the completion of that training. As lay ministers, they visit their care receivers regularly, offering support, comfort and prayer. In return, Stephen Ministers receive regular support and supervision along with continuing education and skill development under the guidance of trained Stephen Leaders.
At St. Patrick we are concerned about all of our parishioners and want everyone to be the healthiest that they can be! We offer many health awareness events and clinics:
Parish Nurse Ministry involves professional health care persons who are parishioners. Leadership training and other services are provided through St. Joseph Mercy-Oakland.
Our blood drive occurs twice a year. Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate. There is no substitute for your donation.
When you make a blood donation, you join a very select group. Currently only 3 out of every 100 people in America donate blood.
From its beginning, the American Red Cross has formed a community of service, of generous, strong, and decent people bound by beliefs beyond themselves. The American Red Cross blood donor embodies this principle. Please join us in our mission to maintain a safe and stable blood supply.
Resources and Referrals Information on sources for assistance with health care issues such as respite care, part-time in-home care, assisted living and day care options for elder person, assessments, medical assistance, and so on, is available by calling 248-698-3103