The Department of Christian Service as well as our nine member Service Commission strive to help our parish live out their baptismal call to serve one another. We welcome and encourage all members to actively participate in the mission of Christ.
For Outreach projects within our local community – CLICK HERE
To volunteer for any of these Service projects or other ministries, please see the Volunteer Form – CLICK HERE
Ministries of Healing
The Ministries of Healing at Christ Our Redeemer are dedicated to the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health of our community.
Several areas of healing ministries fall under this network, including:
Prayer Service for Healing
We gather on scheduled Fridays throughout the school year in the Gethsemane Chapel to pray for the healing of body, mind, heart, and spirit – for ourselves and for our loved ones. Whether you have great faith, or your faith has been challenged by illness, loss, or painful life transitions, you will have the opportunity to lift up your burdens to God in a safe and supportive prayer environment. If you have a friend or relative in need of prayer, please bring them with you. We welcome all who are in need. Light refreshments and conversation follow the service.
Pastoral Care of the Sick
Our community has been blessed with a number of compassionate, caring individuals who have the gift of being present to others, and are committed to embodying the healing presence of Jesus as they minister to those in need. Pastoral Care Ministers are available to visit, pray with, and bring Eucharist to adults and children at home, in hospital, hospice, etc. If you are interested in receiving a visit by a member of the Pastoral Care Ministry, please contact the Christ the Redeemer’s Christian Service Department, 248-391-1621 ext. 17.
The Healing Prayer Ministry sends small teams of people to pray in the homes of members of our community when they have requested more intense, personal healing prayer. The Prayer Ministry may also provide prayers for healing from a distance for those who are in need of supportive prayers, but are not able to receive people into their home or hospital room.
- Parish Office: 248-391-1621 To place a name on the Sick List; request Sacrament of the Sick; etc.
- Christian Service Office – ext. 17 Karen Swietlik and Lisa Pratt – Co-Coordinators Pastoral Care Ministry, Assistance to Families in Crisis, etc.
- Prayer Service for Healing and Healing Prayer Ministry: Mari Reyes – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tender Loving Cookers (TLC)- Our cooks of the parish prepare a meal for a family in crisis.
Funeral Luncheon Volunteers –Volunteers are needed to help with set up, food preparation, serving & cleanup at funeral luncheons.
Funeral Luncheon Food Donors- Parishioners may also sign up to donate food (vegetable & fruit platters, cold salads and desserts) for a funeral luncheon.
Coffee and Donut/Bagel Ministry –Volunteers prepare coffee and set up donuts, bagels, juice (and clean up) following Sunday morning Masses.
Special Event Hospitality- Volunteers may be needed at special events throughout the year such as New Parishioner Welcome, Vicariate meetings, and Confirmation receptions.
Soup Makers- Provide a pot of soup for Soup Suppers during Lent and/ or other occasions. Blood Drive Hospitality- At the drive, volunteers serve refreshments to the donors.
Cookie Cherubs- Our sugary sweet cookie bakers provide 1-2 dozen homemade cookies for parish functions.
Launder Table Linens and Towels –Volunteers launder table linens and towels following special events.
Stephen Ministry was founded in 1975 and is found in more than 160 Christian denominations across the United States, Canada, and in 24 other countries. Christ the Redeemer has been a Stephen Ministry parish for over 20 years and more than 100 people have been trained as Stephen Ministers in our parish.
Stephen Ministry is a program designed to provide high quality, confidential, Christ-Centered care to people who are hurting and struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.
A Stephen Minister undergoes 50 hours of training and works in continual consultation with our supervision team, as well as, receiving continuing education.
Are you interested in learning more about becoming a Stephen Minister? Here’s what Stephen Ministers frequently say about their training:
- Stephen Minister training teaches principles and skills that equip you to provide high-quality, Christ-centered emotional and spiritual care to others.
- You gain insight into the thoughts, feelings, and actions of people who are hurting.
- You develop relational and caring skills you can apply to all aspects of your life.
- You deepen your faith as the Holy Spirit fashions you into a Christ-centered caregiver.
- You feel a special bond with those in your class—experiencing real Christian community.
- Stephen Minister training is a lot of fun!
If you or someone you love is in need of a Stephen Minister or you would like more information about becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact Karen or Lisa from Christian Services 248-391-1621.
Other Parish Ministries
Visit Parishioners in Hospital or Homebound – Visit Parishioners in the hospital or at home. Scheduled as needed
Blood Pressure Screening – Check the blood pressure of parishioners after Masses. Volunteers skilled in this area are needed to take and record blood pressures. 6 x yearly.
Card Crafters – Create handmade cards to be sent to parishioners who have completed a sacrament, suffered the loss of a loved one, and are hospitalized or in a nursing home. Six workshops yearly.
Card Ministry Mailing – Mail cards, created at our Card Workshops, to parishioners. Cards and postage supplied. As needed.
Peace & Justice Committee – This committee seeks to respond to the challenges placed before us by the Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teachings. Meets monthly.