Christian Service

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:

  • Birthday—phone call greetings to those over age 80
  • Bulletin articles and Bulletin Boards
  • Cards—get well to those parishioners listed in the Prayer of the Faithful; sympathy to families who are members her or whose loved ones are buried from here
  • Coffee & Donuts—(weekly) proceeds support 6 missions
  • Communion—to the homebound (usually once a week); to Huron Valley Hospital; to nursing homes and Independence Village (weekly; often a Communion service)
  • Enrichment—programs such as the annual Women’s Advent Tea, weekly exercise class, guest speakers, etc.
  • Food for Sharing—weekly food collection and delivery supports the Open Door Outreach Center
  • Hospitality—Funeral luncheons; receptions; pre-baptism classes
  • Meals on Wheels—deliver in White Lake Twp. 1 week each month; 2 routes each day for 5 days
  • Networking—with vicariate parishes and local service agencies
  • RCIA Nursery—Child care provided for RCIA participants
  • Operation Rice Bowl—Almsgiving program during Lent to support the Catholic Relief Services
  • Outreach—assistance with utilities, rent, food, medical needs, etc. as we are able
  • Pamphlets and CareNotes—in the pamphlet racks in the church vestibule, by the door by the tabernacle; and in the corridor leading to the parish hall
  • Parish Nurse Ministry—blood pressure screening 1x/month; annual fulu shots/health fair; Sacrament of Anointing (annual communal celebration); CPR/AED classes; educational information in the bulletin and on the bulletin board
  • Peace and Justice—Advocacy; Place of HOPE Warming Center (March); Alternative Christmas Market (Nov) membership in justice organizations.
  • Recycling/Environmental Justice—finding a “home” for usable items, medical supplies, cancelled stamps, religious articles, etc; parish recycling; environmental education resources and referrals
  • Respect Life—advocacy; fundraising for Lifespan education programs with our Mother’s Day flower sale; Father’s Day candy sale; Christmas card sale; luminary and misc items sales. Respect Life month activities. Sanctity of Life activities
  • RSVP Site—for Catholic Social Services’ RSVP Program (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program)
  • Scouting—Boy scouts, cub scouts, venture, girl scouts, brownies, daisies; weekly meetings and occasional events for parish troops
  • Seasonal Sharing—Christmas, Easter, Back to School
  • Stephen Minsity—Monthly SM meeting, Monthly Supervision meeting occasional weekly meeting between an SM and their care receiver
  • Support Groups—New Hope grief Support Series (co-sponsored 8 week program in October-November) at Orchard Lake Community Church-Presbyterian); grief support materials mailed to families who are members here or whose loved ones are buried from here; Growing Kids God’s Way 18-week parenting series
  • St. Vincent de Paul Conference—monthly meeting, annual clothing truck
  • Transportation—to medical appointments, etc as needed
  • Volunteer Coordination—ongoing recruiting, training, affirmation of people to assist in CS ministry
  • World Food Day—Awareness of world hunger issues; Food collection (October)

Hospitality

Hospitality ministry reaches out in welcome by hosting receptions following:

  • Sacramental celbrations
  • Concerts
  • Speakers
  • Hospitality for pre-Baptism classes and hospitality following RCIA sessions
  • Funeral luncheons following funeral or memorial Masses at St. Patrick Church

Outreach

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. 

  • Ministry to the Catholic patients at Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital
  • Ministry to person who are homebound
  • Ministry of transportation--for information about White Lake Senior Van call 248-698-3994
  • Meals on Wheels delivery in White Lake Township
  • Ministry to: care facilities, communion visitors, Mass, social activities

Social Services

Food for Sharing

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.

Seasonal Sharing

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.

Mission Support through Coffee and Donuts

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.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

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 Ministry

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.

A Healthier You

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

Parish Nurse Ministry involves professional health care persons who are parishioners. Leadership training and other services are provided through St. Joseph Mercy-Oakland.

Red Cross Blood Drive

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.

Other Services Offered

  • Screening for blood pressure on the second Sunday.
  • Health Fair (annually, in the fall) includes some diagnostic screening tests as well as flu shots, informative materials and displays, and health care personnel to answer questions.
  • At the request of the Christian Service Department, a Parish Nurse will make a pastoral home visit to assess a situation and make recommendations for the benefit of the person involved.
  • Education programs and training classes such as CPR and Concerns of persons with disabilities.
  • Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

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