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.

Hospital Visits

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.

Home Visits

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.

Pastoral Counseling

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.