Catholic Religious Services at Washtenaw County Jail
Our volunteer ministers: Have a charisma for Christ,
and, an ability to share faith in Jesus.
Visit One-on-One Through the Glass Window!
The Wastenaw County Jail operations are NOT YET resuming in-person, group Catholic Religious Services. There is no projected time frame for that as of yet. The Covid policies are still in place.
Catholic volunteers are allowed to make visits through the glass only (R4 visits only). Religious volunteers are not yet allowed to meet people face to face, so there are no services inside the jail. All religious visits are completed outside the jail at the R4 door through the glass.
When the jail does invite us to resume services inside the jail, everyone will be required to attend an in-person, orientation training, prior to providing and assisting with religious services. There is no projected time frame for that as of yet.
But, please do consider volunteering to make Catholic visits (one-to-one through the glass) at Washtenaw County Jail. Begin by applying to get your Jail Volunteer CLEARANCE. Here is the link to the volunteer information clearance form.
Start with getting your Jail Volunteer CLEARANCE here:
Catholic ministers are invited to meet through the glass with inmates at the Washtenaw County Jail.
Here is the link to the volunteer information clearance form.
In addition to completing the clearance form, New Catholic Volunteers are also expected to ask their parish office to send a "Letter of Good Standing" stating that you are an active Catholic member of the parish (similar to that required of Godparents before a Baptism). The Letter may be emailed to [email protected] , or, mailed to: Scott Wright, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2150 Frieze Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
When You Visit One-on-One Through the Glass Window:
I recommend going around 10:00 AM. (This ensures guys are out of the rack, precedes lunch time and avoids afternoons where they get time out of the block.)
In terms of day, I recommend Tuesday - Thursday (which avoids in/out activity on Monday and Friday when activity tends to be high.)
I normally plan on 2 hours to see 2 guys. Don’t be surprised if you have to wait 30-60 mins before inmate is brought up to interview room.
Here is our DOCUMENT with A LIST OF "Dos & Dont's" that we have found helpful.
Here is our PAST Pre-COVID note for memory just in case we ever get to go back into the jail:
- After you receive notice from the jail that your application for clearance has been completed, then ALL ministers signed-up below here, ENTER the jail TOGETHER at the time scheduled. A group of at least three or four Catholic volunteer ministers from local Catholic parishes all together enter the jail to pray with both women and/or men each week on three different occasions, Saturday mornings, Sunday evenings and Wednesday evenings.
- The "Sunday Liturgy" is celebrated on Saturday mornings at the jail (with the bishop's permission).
- This schedule below here is kept especially for our volunteers to know who will be on each team, and, for the jail staff, and, so our team members might be contacted in case of a cancelation. Our "cleared" ministers do NOT necessarily need to be listed on the schedule below here to enter the jail to assist with any of our Catholic Religious Services, but your use of the sign-up is helpful for communications.
Sign-up for a ministry team date below here.
(Only those who are already cleared to enter, may sign-up below here.)
Questions? Contact Scott Wright (734-821-2121)
at St. Francis Parish Office, Ann Arbor, MI.
Or, contact Gary Roche (734-646-0481).
(See, additional details here.)
|| Scott Wright at St. Francis Parish Office