Council & Visitation
Phone Calls, Phone Messages, Emergencies
If you have an emergency, please call my cell phone. I will answer emergency messages 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year unless I’m out of town.
I will attempt to return non-emergency messages within 24 – 48 hours.
If I do not answer your message, I may not have received your message. Please call again.
I need to be notified, if you or a loved one is in the hospital. Hospitals will not call the church or the priest unless you specifically tell them to.
When notified that a parishioner is in the hospital, I may call the patient or family to assess the situation. I will try to visit each parishioner during his/her stay at the hospital but may not be able to due to extenuating circumstances. In such cases, I will call to notify the patient.
I will attempt to schedule a home visit whenever invited by a parishioner or family member.
I will visit shut-ins and home-bound at least twice a year (Christmas and Pascha).
I may not know if someone is shut-in or home-bound. Please let me know.
Please call me if you need to talk. I will try to meet with you and help you as best I can.
If I cannot help or it is beyond my expertise, I will refer you to someone who can help.
Unfortunately, I do not have the time or the capability to monitor and check-up on every parishioner. Please do not be offended if I have not called you. It is not intentional.
Each parishioner must take responsibility for asking for help, spiritual guidance and counseling.
If a serious pastoral situation is brought to my attention by a third person, I will investigate and contact the parishioner if appropriate. However, this is not always a reliable dynamic of communication.
You may contact Fr. Rick to schedule a counciling appointment.