Jesus is in JAIL! Will you pray with Him?
“Be Not Afraid!” Jesus was incarcerated during his life, and he can still be found in the jail. Come and see for yourself. Join a ministry team! Volunteer Ministers: Have a Charisma for Christ, and, an ability to share faith in Jesus. Consider assisting with Catholic Services at the Jail for both women and men. A group of at least four Catholic volunteers from local Catholic parishes visit the jail every week. Some volunteers serve on an as needed basis, and, others serve on one Saturday or Sunday each month, and, others serve every other week. We even have some volunteers that help with a Catholic Inquiry/Catechism Class on Wednesday evenings.
Catholic Religious Services in the Washtenaw County Jail
Every Saturday morning all enter the Jail at 8:45 am; and depart at about 10:45 am. We have the main weekly celebration of the Mass with Holy Communion. We greatly appreciate it when we can have several ministers present to help with prayer, Eucharistic, music, assigning readings, serving, and hospitality.
Every Sunday evening all enter the Jail at 7:00 pm. We have a service in the jail every Sunday evening – alternating one week for the Men and then one week for the Women. Eucharistic Adoration is usually the central part of these services and we greatly appreciate it when we can have a musician to lead the worship and share in the ministry.
Every Wednesday evening all enter the Jail at 7:00 pm. We have at least two groups for men and one for women. We usually have one Bible/Catechism II Class/Catholic Inquiry Session and one RCIA Group in the jail. We greatly appreciate it when we can have several ministers present to help with: attendance/hospitality, teaching, sharing.
To be a Jail Volunteer
you must attend an orientation.
All volunteers before entering the Jail, must attend an orientation on “The Rules & Regulations of the Jail” presented by the Jail staff at the Jail. Orientations are scheduled three times a year (around February, June, and November). SIGN-UP to attend the Orientation! Or, RSVP to Scott Wright firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-821-2121.
(Fortunately, all of our priests are EXEMPT from having to attend the Jail Orientations, which are required for all other volunteers and ministers including our deacons. Our priests use this: “WASHTENAW COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT Professional Visitor and VOLUNTEER INFORMATION FORM”. And, priests sign-up here.)
The Washtenaw County Jail Location
is at the Sheriff’s Office and Washtenaw County Service Center: 2201 Hogback Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Other Ministry Opportunities
Friends of the Master is an additional organization set up to create and sustain housing communities of faith for parolees … called Friends of the Master House. Friends of the Master has roots in our Washtenaw County Catholic Jail Ministry.
Huron Valley Women’s Correctional Facility, Ypsilanti, Bemis Road, east of Platt Road. Volunteer coordinator Deacon Jim Ward 734-276-7113.