Community Outreach Ministries

Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ (Matthew, 25:34-36)

The Church is a community of human beings who, while still subject to sin, strive to live out the Gospel call to love our neighbors as ourselves. Our St. Michael Parish faith community works to promote justice and charity through numerous ministries and programs.

Click on each listed ministry to see a description and contact information.

Those who have completed the Just Faith Program can join BJF. Its mission is to integrate social justice issues into the life of the parish. Participants are committed to the work of social ministries, to ongoing formation, to action for and with those who are poor, to prayer, and to the creation of small communities of faith. It organizes the Bread for the World letter writing campaign two times each year, and encourages faithful citizenship by sponsoring educational opportunities as well as supporting Catholic Advocacy Day.
Contact: Kim Kondrat at (360) 292-7106 or kkondrat@saintmichaelparish.org

Saint Michael Parish hosts the annual Catholic Advocacy Day where Catholics from all over the state come together for a day to pray and learn about issues impacting the poor.  There is Mass and information about current legislation in the WA State Legislature and CAD’s position that the WA State Catholic Conference takes to the Legislature. The afternoon involves meeting with state legislators at the State Capitol to advocate on the issues.
Contact: Benedetta Reece at (360) 292-7143 or breece@saintmichaelparish.org

SMP parishioners provide Christmas gifts to low income individuals and families through Catholic Community Services and residents of Drexel House.

Contact: Kim Kondrat at (360) 292-7106 or kkondrat@saintmichaelparish.org

The Clothing Bank is located on the Saint Michael Parish downtown campus and collects and distributes donations of usable clothing. Volunteers screen donations, sort and organize clothing and operate the clothing bank. Clothing is given away at no cost and the bank is open to anyone in need. Clean clothing and shoe donations are accepted Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am – 1pm.  The clothing bank is not open to the general public at this time due to COVID-19.

Contact: Michael Revoir at (360) 970-9250 or mikejrevoir@yahoo.com.

Catholic Community Services provides meals for the unhoused in our community at the Community Kitchen (located in the Salvation Army building). Several local faith communities, including Saint Michael Parish,  provide meals daily. SMP parishioners team up to prepare and serve meals. An average of 110 to 200 meals are served daily. We’re always looking for more assistance!

Contact: Kim Kondrat at (360) 292-7106 or kkondrat@saintmichaelparish.org.

Prison and jail volunteers regularly visit inmates at different detention facilities to share their faith and message of God’s love and forgiveness. Working in teams, volunteers share their faith with prisoners by leading or assisting with Bible study, prayer, faith-based support and Communion Service, offered regularly to incarcerated men and women.  Saint Michael Parish also runs a sock and cookie drive before Christmas for inmates.

Contact: Kim Kondrat at (360) 292-7106 or kkondrat@saintmichaelparish.org.

Archdiocesan Initiative/Program of Catholic Community Services (CCS) which promotes more involvement in the legislative process through active communication with elected officials.
Contact: Kim Kondrat at (360) 292-7106 or kkondrat@saintmichaelparish.org

Enlightened by our faith, participants encourage one another by praying, listening and sharing stories while learning how to find joy in the midst of adversity, the role of faith and hope in healing, the importance of forgiveness and healing emotional wounds.
Contact: Benedetta Reece at (360) 292-7143 or breece@saintmichaelparish.org

  • St. Elizabeth Ann SetonGrief Support Ministry: This ministry provides faith based support and reaches out to those in our community who are struggling with the loss of a loved one, illness in the family and other life issues. One-to-one and group support are offered free of charge.
  • St. Peregrine – Cancer Support Group:  St. Michael Parish offers free cycles of meetings for cancer patients, survivors, family members, friends or a caregivers for someone with cancer.
  • St. Catherine of Siena Miscarriage and Loss of Infant Support Group for those who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, still birth or neonatal death.

This ministry works in collaboration with Catholic Community Services/Chore Services reaching out to homebound people living in Thurston County who are in need of temporary assistance (transportation, meal preparation, shopping and errands, friendly visits, yard work, Wood splitting and delivery,and more), regardless of their faith and income.
Contact: Benedetta Reece at (360) 292-7143 or breece@saintmichaelparish.org

We get together for prayer, readings and videos followed by discussion. The group is open to members of any denomination and is free.
Contact: Benedetta Reece at (360) 292-7143 or breece@saintmichaelparish.org

In collaboration with Interfaith Works, Saint Michael Parish volunteers provide meals at the shelter, which is currently hosted throughout the year. Teams of volunteers take turns to prepare and deliver meals on designated days, with volunteers preparing an entree that  feeds 12 people.  Families are welcome and encouraged to participate in hosting and preparing meals.

Contact Paul McCarthy at (360) 357-7672 or psmccarthy@hotmail.com

These are programs offered by JustFaith to educate the minds and hearts of participants with the intent that they are moved to go out and become involved in justice issues and programs.  These programs involve 21-24 weekly classes of prayer, reading, and discussions that explore Catholic faith and Catholic Social Teaching. Contact: Kim Kondrat at (360) 292-7106 or kkondrat@saintmichaelparish.org

The Olympia Council works closely with Sacred Heart Parish, Saint Michael Parish and St. George Byzantine Catholic Church. The chapter is active in all parishes serving the greater Olympia area provides funds and services for those in need.
Contact: Fred Weisdepp at fcweisdepp@comcast.net

Saint Michael Parish School teams up with other groups in town to collect, organize and distribute clothing and school supply donation for kids of low income families.

Saint Michael Parish School has partnered with the Little Red School House to provide children in need with back to school supplies. Each summer SMP hosts a supply drive where we collect monetary donations, school supplies and back packs. This year we will also collect new and gently used children coats, new socks, and underwear for children.

Contact: Saint Michael Parish School at (360) 754-5131.

Saint Michael Parish houses up to 15 homeless men from November through March every year.  The shelter operates Monday through Thursday. Sacred Heart Parish in Lacey provides shelter on the other nights during the same period. Guests are screened before being admitted to the shelter. They are served a hot meal every evening. Ministry volunteers provide the following services:

  • Laundry Angels:  Parishioners who support the men’s shelter by laundering linens during shelter season from November through March
  • Shelter Chefs:  Parishioners  provide and serve a hot meal each night of the shelter season (1 shift per month)
  • Shelter Hosts: Two overnight hosts spend the night (1-2 shifts per month)

Contact: Kim Kondrat at (360) 292-7106 or kkondrat@saintmichaelparish.org

  • Mexico/Journey of the Heart – This ministry was started in 2003 and provides opportunities for parishioners to do short term immersion mission trips to the Holy Spirit Community Center in Juarez, Mexico, where we serve and live in solidarity with the people that live over the former garbage dump of Juarez.   Over the years over 600 parishioners have participated. About 2000 additional support people from the parish have supported the mission, for a total of 2600 involved parishioners & 45 trips.
    Contact: Bene Reece at (360) 292-7143 or breece@saintmichaelparish.org

We collect food donations for the Thurston County Food Bank and the YMCA “Other Bank” on the first Sunday of each month. Parishioners drop off their donations before Masses at both parish sites. On the following Monday, volunteers meet, sort, and box the food and other supplies. Donations of hygiene items are also gathered for the Other Bank/YWCA.  Volunteers process the donations on the following Monday morning.
Contact: Pat Daly (Downtown) at (253) 229-0357 or  irishpaddy4@gmail.com  and Robin Groefsema (Westside) at (360) 628-8495 or rgroefsema@aol.com

Parish health ministry presents health related educational programs, services and  trainings, sponsors exercise groups, and more.
Contact: Bene Reece at (360) 292-7143 or parishhealth@saintmichaelparish.org

The commission provides support and guidance to the Pastor and Stewards of Social Ministry. They meet monthly to get updates, provide opportunities, invite parish members to become more involved in the Catholic social mission, and make recommendations on funding support to outside organizations. Contact: Benedetta Reece at (360) 292-7143 or breece@saintmichaelparish.org

Pastoral Care is a Ministry of presence, reaching out to Catholics who are temporarily or permanently homebound and wish to stay in contact with the the congregation by receiving phone calls, visits and Holy Communion. Since over one hundred parishioners are trained and commissioned as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and several are fluent in different languages, we are able to reach out to many members of our large faith community(No homebound visits during coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home orders. Please leave a message at (360) 754-4667 in case of emergency.) 
Contact: Benedetta Reece at (360) 292-7143 or breece@saintmichaelparish.org

A group of parishioners share their love of crochet and knitting by making shawls. Prayer for the recipients is infused into every item and when completed,  the shawls are blessed by a priest and distributed to those in need of comfort or in celebration of a life milestone. Occasionally hats, baby blankets, and scarves are created and distributed as well.  Knitting and crocheting can be done as a group or individually. Anyone interested can be taught to knit or crochet, and yarn can be provided if needed.

Contact: Mary Orazem at (707) 599-5820 or dmorazem@hotmail.com

This ministry provides support for pregnant women and families with babies or small children.  Maternity and baby supplies are provided free of charge and families are connected to local resources to meet other needs.
Contact: (360) 956 7413 or pregnancyaidofthurstoncounty@gmail.com

This nonprofit is a grassroots organization dedicated to responding to the mandate of Jesus to preach the Gospel to all nations by taking our Catholic Faith to the streets. We do this in a non-confrontational way, allowing the Holy Spirit to move in the hearts of those who witness our public Catholic presence. Our chapter takes the faith to the streets of Olympia. It’s much easier than you think and more rewarding than you could hope. Call Mario and see how we’re spreading the Good News in Thurston County.
Contact: Brandon Jones at (360) 292-7108 or bjones@saintmichaelparish.org

St. Vincent’s office is located on the SMP campus and provides limited financial assistance to those in need, providing financial help for rent, utility bills for those facing eviction or  utilityshut-off, and for prescriptions.

Home Visits: Trained volunteers visit the homes of those who ask for limited rent or utilities financial assistance. These visits help determine the exact nature and detail of help required. Home visits are effective because they give a true and more accurate assessment of the needs of the individuals and the family.
Contact: For those seeking rent or utilities financial assistance, requests can be made at any time by calling (360) 972-0661 and leaving a message. Calls are returned to arrange home visits as soon as possible.

Emergency assistance office: Financial assistance may also be provided as needed for other items such as propane, laundry services, medical prescriptions, etc. . The Emergency Assistance Office is located on the Saint Michael Parish downtown campus and is open Wednesday and Friday from 1 – 3pm. The office phone number is (360) 352-7554.

Promotes all life issues that are woven into the seven facets of Catholic social teaching, including the dignity and value of all human life from conception to natural death. Promotes greater understanding on the Church’s stance on contraception with Natural Family Planning instruction available by a certified Creighton FertilityCare practitioner. Provides education about other community issues and caring for all people and the environment. Participates in the 40 Days for Life, Catholic Advocacy Day, and October Respect Life month, among other activities.

Contact: Kim Kondrat at (360) 292-7106 or kkondrat@saintmichaelparish.org

Youth in grades 6-8 work in food and clothing banks and other outreach projects that serve our migrant sisters and brothers of the Skagit Valley during this week-long summer “mission at home”.
Contact: Jackie Shirley at  (360) 292-7137 or jshirley@saintmichaelparish.org

And: 

  • We work with Catholic Community Services and Volunteer Services
  • We lead projects with St. Michael Parish School families
  • We are involved in projects with Drexel House, Veterans, and other non profit organizations
  • GRANTS: During the 2019/20 Pastoral Year, we distributed over $42,000 in grants to non profit organizations reaching out to those in need

Contact: Benedetta Reece at (360) 292-7143 or breece@saintmichaelparish.org

CONTACT

Downtown
1208 11th Ave. SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Westside
1835 Overhulse Rd. NW
Olympia, WA 98502

(360) 754-4667

office@saintmichaelparish.org

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