Catholic Religious Services at Washtenaw County Jail
Jail Volunteer CLEARANCE
At this time of Covid precautions, access to the Washtenaw County Jail is limited to only one-to-one-visits via-glass-phone for specific inmates. Catholics are invited to join in this ministry. 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.
These meetings are becoming a SYNODAL CONVERSATION which includes dialogue and listening to perspectives in the Holy Spirit with these SUGGESTED QUESTIONS:
1. How would you describe your present relationship with God?
2. How much of a connection do you presently feel towards the Catholic Church? This could refer to your connection to ordinary Catholics in your life, your local parish, your local diocese, the Universal Church or other Catholic entities.
3. Tell us about a positive experience you’ve had with the Catholic Church?
4. Tell us about any times when you’ve had a negative experience with the Catholic Church?
5. Would you say that the Catholic Church helps you or has helped you to understand the Good News of Jesus Christ? If so, in what way?
6. How could the Catholic Church better help you grow closer to Jesus Christ and His Church?
7. Is there anything you would like the bishops of the Church, or other Church leaders, to know about you?
8. Is there anything I didn’t ask that you think would be helpful for me to know?
9. Feel free to ask any further questions that seem necessary or appropriate.
If you are comfortable, close your time of conversation by asking if there is any intention that person would like you to pray for.
& 000. PRIOR to asking the ABOVE QUESTIONS please note their: age, sex, zip code, race or ethnicity, marital status, faith of origin and present faith identity.
All feedback should be recorded and completely submitted by April 28, 2022, from our conversations "For A Synodal Church" on the Website portal here for either: Group Conversation Feedback or Individual Conversation Feedback..... https://www.dioceseoflansing.org/synod
And again, here's the 5.5 minute reflection on the world wide Catholic Synod... Here's the Lansing Bishop's homily for all Masses the past weekend of February 6th, 2022... https://youtu.be/NSCg7LLCrFk
Currently we VOLUNTEERS do not yet need to attend an orientation since currently there are no orientations scheduled. BELOW on this sign-up you will NOTICE THAT THE DATE, JULY 22, 2022, is ONLY a TENTATIVE placeholder JUST to give volunteers a "place/date" for signing-up UNTIL the actual date is announced. I will let you know as soon as possible when the actual date is announced.
We look forward to the day when the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office can permit us to resume the normal programming of Catholic Religious Services, The Holy Mass, Liturgy of the Word, distribution of Holy Eucharist, and faith sharing Bible study groups.
"The Rules & Regulations of the Jail" was in the past presented by the Jail staff. Volunteers needed to attend only one Saturday orientation each year on a Saturday, from 9:00AM - 11:00AM. Orientations start at 9:00am and last two hours.
BELOW on this sign-up you will NOTICE THAT THE DATE, JULY 22, 2022, is ONLY a TENTATIVE placeholder JUST to give volunteers a "place/date" for signing-up UNTIL the actual date is announced. I will let you know as soon as possible when the actual date is announced.
The orientations were in the Superior Room of the Learning Resource Center (LRC) a building near the jail parking lot. The address is 4135 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
All volunteers, ministers and priests are required to attend an orientation in order to have their clearance renewed and to gain clearance for the first time. Each individual is responsible for renewing their clearance status before the expiration date, which is included on your badge. When you attend the orientation session you will provide your personal information and complete a Washtenaw County Professional Visitor and Volunteer Information Form for the Criminal History Check.
Plan ahead about three weeks when clearance should be granted to you and you should be free and clear to enter the jail to assist with the Catholic Religious Services and use our schedule/sign-up. The first time that you enter the jail on a Saturday morning, you will be greeted by Gary Roche, our lead/administrator of Catholic services, and he will hand you your new W.C.Jail I.D. badge right then and there.
Questions? Contact Scott Wright [email protected] or (734-821-2121), at St. Francis Parish Office, Ann Arbor, MI. Or, Gary Roche (734-646-0481), Administrator of Catholic Religious Services at Washtenaw County Jail.
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