It is difficult for our clergy to meet all the pastoral needs of parishioners in hospitals, nursing homes, or those isolated in their own homes due to frail health. The BeFriender Ministry is a national, non-profit organization that provides leadership training and ongoing support for a listening ministry of lay pastoral care in churches, healthcare settings, and other organizations. Please contact Fr. Austin Barnes, Parochial Vicar, for more information.
The Giving Tree collects Christmas gifts for members of our parishes, for those living at Stillwater Residence, Hope House, and the Catholic Worker Homes. The program also reaches out to those helped by Project Life, our parishes’ St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Franciscan Brothers of Peace, and the Missionary Sisters of Charity. Gifts are collected from Thanksgiving through the middle of December for distribution by Christmas. Please contact the Parish Office for more information at 651-439-4400.
Community Outreach Board
Located near the parking lot entrance to St. Michael's Rose (Social) Hall, the Community Outreach Board connects parishioners who wish to volunteer their time or resources to fellow parishioners in need. Postings are divided into four areas: Requests for Assistance, Freebies, Employment Needed, and Employment Opportunities. Fill out the appropriate colored slip, and post with your information. Please note, we often have requests from people who no longer drive and are looking for transportation to church.
First Friday Prayers for the Sick
Our daily Masses on the First Friday of the month are offered for those suffering from sickness in our parish community. If you know of someone who would like to be included in our prayers for the sick, please contact Mrs. Flo Harris at 651-439-1270. In accordance with privacy policies, please obtain permission from the person to be included in our prayers for the sick.
Our food shelf approximately 75-100 parishioners and Stillwater community members each month through this longstanding ministry. If you or someone you know is in need of some food assistance, please call Mrs. Pat Finnegan between 9:00-10:30 AM (Monday through Thursday) at 651-439-3241. Food donations can be placed in the basket at St. Michael's back parking lot doors.
Hearing Loops at St. Michael's
The new sound system at the Church of St. Michael has an induction loop system! Those with telecoil-equipped hearing aids can receive a direct feed from anything spoken into the microphones. If you have hearing loss and your hearing aids are not telecoil equipped, or if you do not have hearing aids, we still have an FM receiver system available and can provide training. Please call Mr. Joe Kiolbasa with questions at 651-439-3566. Joe is a parishioner who has volunteered to help those with hearing loss as they strive to take advantage of the new systems.
Helping Hand Emergency Fund
Our Helping Hand Emergency Fund assists parishioners who are facing a financial crisis due to job loss, health crisis, separation or divorce, minimum wage employment, or other reasons. Each request for assistance is considered individually and privately. We distribute about $6,000 annually in grants or loans to help with rent, mortgage payments, purchase of medications, energy and household bills, car repair, appliance repair, gas cards, or food gift cards. Special collections at our Thanksgiving and Ash Wednesday Masses help fund this program. Please contact Fr. Austin Barnes, Parochial Vicar, for more information.
Pastoral Care to the Bereaved
Please contact our Parish Office at 651-439-4400 if you are in need of someone to talk you through your journey of grief. Our priests, deacon, and trained BeFrienders are ready to support you with scripture readings, support groups, books, and the ministry of presence.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Parishioners skilled in knitting or crocheting are invited to create prayer shawls for members of our community who have suffered a loss or are sick. Recipients know they are held in the prayers of our parishes when they receive these beautiful labors of charity. Please contact the Parish Office for more information at 651-439-4400.
Priest Meal Ministry
We are grateful for the generous cooks who faithfully prepare and deliver meals for our priests! To sign-up for making a meal, please visit www.carecalendar.org (Calendar ID: 215802 | Security Code: 9368). Please contact Mrs. Jackie Valerius with any questions at 612-269-7563.