Our Stephen Ministry Care
When you or someone you know is going through a difficult time, Father Brian, Father Schmitz and our Deacons are always on the front lines of care, especially during times of crisis. But for ongoing confidential one-on-one care, maybe a trained Stephen Minister can HELP. Stephen Ministers
· Is life more than you can handle alone right now?
· Find that your health, your attitude, or your relationships are suffering?
· Are you adjusting to a new job, changed marital status, serious illness, the death or illness of a loved one?
· Would you like to have someone who can confidentially listen, encourage, pray and walk alongside you?
Who is a Care Receiver?
Stephen Ministry helps to meet the needs of individuals who are:
· Hospitalized/recently discharged/homebound
· Facing serious or terminal illness
· Experiencing major adjustments to jobs/careers/residences
· Residents of long-term care facilities/disability
· Facing decisions on care of aging parents/spouses
· Experiencing absence of caring family/friends due to death, school, military assignment, divorce
· Experiencing grief after death or discouragement due to illness of a loved one
· Questions about God and faith
Care receivers are persons:
· Needing someone to care for them
· Who need someone they can trust
· Needing someone to be there with regular visits during times of crisis
· Who need someone who listens with care and shares Christ’s love
· Needing someone who does not “do for” but is “there for”
Who are Stephen Ministers?
· Members of St. Michael the Archangel parish
· Who have been through extensive training
· Provide confidential, one-to-one, Christian care to people who are experiencing difficulty.
· Meet twice a month in small groups to give and receive peer supervision, in a totally confidential manner.
Maybe a Stephen Minister can HELP
Consider having a Stephen Minister walk with you or a friend on a journey to wholeness.
How does the process work?
A person – you, a relative, or a friend – is in need of Christian care.
If a friend or relative, it is necessary to ask them for permission to refer them.
· The Stephen Ministry Referral Coordinators learn about this need from the priests, parish staff, from you or parishioners.
· The Referral Coordinators meet with the person to talk about Stephen Ministry.
· With the person’s permission, the Referral Coordinators assign a Stephen Minister to meet on a weekly
basis with the person.
· The Stephen Minister continues to provide distinctively Christian care for the person with strict confidentiality
for as long as needed.
Who can Stephen Ministers not help:
Some care receivers need professional care. Our Stephen Ministers are not trained counselors, therapists, mental health or physical health professionals, nor are they available to chauffeur or run errands.
If you or someone you know who could benefit from our Stephen Ministry, please call the Parish Office at 913.402.3900.