Pastoral Care

O Father of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need:
We humbly beseech thee to behold, visit, and relieve thy sick servants for whom our prayers are desired.
– Book of Common Prayer

The Pastoral Care Committee helps to ease the pain and anxiety of St. Michael’s parishioners. The Committee meets each Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. to pray for all on the prayer list, send post cards and follow-up telephone calls. We can always use stamps, cards and other supplies. More importantly, please join us any Wednesday and be part of a group dedicated to the members of St. Michael’s. We also send birthday cards, so please give us your birthday!

Also part of Pastoral Care are the Eucharistic Visitors, who serve home-bound parishioners, and parishioners at care facilities, if possible. Identifying the needs of parishioners is a huge concern for the Pastoral Care Committee. We depend on the Community as a whole to let us know if someone has needs.

Prayer Chain
Persons who would like prayers for themselves or others are placed on a prayer chain, and they are prayed for by a team of individuals over the course of a month.
Contact Cheryl MacDonald for more details.

Prayer Works!
Every Wednesday in the Conference Room, 10:00 a.m – Noon

The Lord has inspired a small group to reach out to pray in action. We pray for those in need, send handwritten postcards, make phone calls, pay visits:  just BE the hands and heart of Christ. This is an open group, and all are invited to join this joyful ministry of service.

Eucharistic Visitors
If you are home-bound, ill, recovering from surgery, or in a nursing home, Holy Communion can be brought to you by our priest or a licensed Eucharistic Visitor. The sacraments are consecrated and then shared with those who cannot be with us at the Sunday services. Contact Cheryl Mac Donald for more details.

A greeting card or note is a simple way to let people know that St. Michael’s hasn’t forgotten them. Cards do spread sunshine. They are sent to those who are ill, grieving, recuperating, or are lonely. If you know someone who would be cheered by a card contact Gail McQueen.

If you are in need of transportation, are a resident of Harper Woods or Grosse Pointe, and are 60+ and/or disabled you can ride PAATS. PAATS will go to many medical facilities such as Henry Ford Hospital and St. John Macomb. Call PAATS during business hours at 313.343.2580 for more details.

Bereavement Support
The feelings and emotions caused by an unexpected loss or the death of a loved one are unknown until they are experienced. Then, and only then, can a person know what it is like, and no one is prepared for such an event. When this happens in your life, it helps to have others who have experienced what you are experiencing to share with.
Here are some resources available to you:
– Henry Ford Health Systems offer support groups. More information is available by calling 248-588-2389.
– Hello Grief offers many resources for processing grief and finding support: Hello Grief