Extending God’s mercy and compassion to those in need.

Pastoral Care &
Community Outreach

Pastoral Care &
Community Outreach

Extending God’s mercy and compassion to those in need.

Hi, we’re Kim and Bene!

Have a question about Pastoral Care and Community Outreach at SMP? Give either of us a call or drop a line!

(360) 878-4613 or
kkondrat@saintmichaelparish.org

(360) 292-7143 or
breece@saintmicharlparish.org

SMP in the Community and in the Parish

We believe, in the long tradition of the Catholic Church, that we are to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world. The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise.  They “are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs” (USCCA).  They respond to the basic needs of humanity as we journey together through this life.

Feed the hungry.

There are many people in our community who struggle to get enough food for themselves and their families. We work to alleviate hunger in several ways. Many SMP parishioners work in teams at the Community Kitchen to prepare meals for hundreds. Others prepare meals during the cold weather season to feed our Men’s Shelter guests. We also collect food and monetary donations at all Masses on a dedicated weekend each month for the Thurston County Food Bank.

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Shelter the homeless.

Homelessness is a growing problem in many parts of the US, and our community is no exception. We’re not called to solve the crisis of homelessness, but we are called to offer help to our brothers and sisters. At SMP, we operate a Men’s Shelter in conjunction with Sacred Heart Parish in Lacey from November–March each year and house up to 14 men each night. Parishioners serve as hosts, prepare hot meals and sack lunches, and launder linens.

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Resources if you need help
Thurston Co. Shelter Info

Care for the homebound and the sick.

We do our best to care for our homebound brothers and sisters and ensure anyone in need of anointing is able to receive it. Eucharistic Visitors are available to bring Communion to homebound parishioners as well as those who have transitioned to assisted living or hospice care in the Olympia area. The sacrament of anointing of the sick is available by appointment anytime someone needs special support and strength when facing a health challenge. It is also offered after the morning Mass on the first Saturday of each month.

To schedule a Eucharistic visit or arrange for anointing of the sick, please call the parish office at (360) 754-4667. If calling after hours, you’ll be prompted to leave a message on our emergency line and someone will return your call as quickly as possible.

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Visit the prisoner.

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.

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Bury the dead.

The death of a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences of life. The prayerful support and assistance of your Church family can be indispensable. We’ll walk you through the planning of a Funeral Mass, a simpler style prayer service, a graveside committal, or another appropriate remembrance of your choice.

You may also want to consider having your loved one interred in our Calvary Catholic Cemetery, located in Tumwater.

Plan a funeral
Calvary Catholic Cemetery

Give alms to the poor.

Giving alms is the love of God and neighbor in action. Whether it’s helping with donations of time, talent, or treasure, we strive to provide support and services for those in need.  The below organizations are a tremendous resource in our community and would welcome your financial or material donations. They should also be at the top of your list if you need assistance! Please click each listing to get an idea of the type of help provided.

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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 on 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

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

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.

Catholic Community Services (CCS) and Catholic Housing Services (CHS) are official human service outreach arms of the Catholic Church in Western Washington. Under the leadership of Archbishop Paul D. Etienne and Boards of Trustees, staff and volunteers answer the Gospel call to loving and compassionate service with particular concern for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death and for the dignity of the human person. CCS is committed to serving those individuals, children, families and communities struggling with poverty and the effects of intolerance and racism, and to actively joining with others to work for justice. CCS/CHS serves people in need, regardless of religious affiliation, race or economic status. More info at the links above, or call them at (206) 328-5696.

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