13916 Ministry - St. Michael Catholic Church



Our name comes from Psalm 139:16.  We chose the name 139:16 because it fully acknowledges God’s sovereign hand in our lives: 

“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” 

We don’t know how God will use the circumstances of our life, but we can rest in the knowledge that God knows everything about us and is directing our footsteps. 

Though His sovereign hand may seem hidden, He’s never absent.

The goal of the St. Michael’s 139:16 Ministry is to provide an inclusive spiritual, social,  and educational environment for children and adults with special needs and their families.


This ministry also provides access to faith through the reception of the Sacraments and participation in parish life.

These efforts often bring us into collaborative partnerships so that all people are valued and supported in their home, school, parish, place of employment and community.


The St. Michael’s parish family is known for consistently striving to ensure all members of our community know they are wanted and needed, and through the 139:16 Ministry and it’s volunteers we are able to bring together individuals with special needs and their families while creating opportunities for them to worship, socialize and grow.


The cornerstone of 139:16 is Souls for Service which meets on Thursdays 10 months of the year.  (During June and July we break to give families a time to travel together).  Souls for Service is  focused on children and adults with special needs and their families, regardless of religious affiliation and ensures they are able to use their talents to give back to the community through service and evangelization.  


On June 6, 2021 we are happy to announce our parish has been asked to host the yearly Diocesan Mass for Persons with Special Needs.  


If you have special needs and cannot ordinarily attend Mass, or, if you would like to bring a relative or friend with special needs to this Mass, please know that you are welcome and wanted each and every Sunday for Mass but especially on this day as we celebrate together as a diocesan family at 11AM on the 6th of June.  


Following Mass, the members and volunteers of St. Michael’s 139:16 Ministry will host an afternoon social for our friends with Special Needs from 12-2 in the open area of St. Leo’s Hall.  We encourage all persons with special needs along with their family and friends to stay and gather together for a time of fellowship and fun.  


During the social for special friends, Father Ben along with the Director of St. Michael’s 139:16 Ministry will host a lite lunch for the families and caregivers of children and adults with special needs to gather and get to know each other.


During lunch the families and caregivers will have the chance to listen and take part in a  discussion led by an experienced professional.  Our desire is to provide families and caregivers this time together to talk, share and exchange ideas and resources.


Thank you for allowing us at St. Michael’s to walk with you on this wonderful journey.   


If you or your loved one would like to lector, serve, sing or assist as a gift bearer, we would love to hear from you.


For anyone interested in serving for the June 6 Mass, please contact Gwen Coffey, gwen.coffey@stmichaelmemphis.com.  

Inquiry Form to help us partner with your family

At St. Michael’s  we help determine what the needs are for each person on a case-by-case basis, and work with each family to develop a plan that best suits them and their child.  


We strive to have each person integrated into classes and activities with others at the same developmental level, not necessarily the same age level.


We desire to create a venue that meets the specific learning and social needs of each and every person that walks through the doors of St.Michael’s.


Multi-sensory activities and other techniques are utilized to create a learning atmosphere that is appropriate for the unique abilities of each person.


To enable us to better partner with your family, please fill out the form below.  The Directer, Gwen Coffey, will contact you after receiving the information about your loved one so that we are certain we are partnering best with you.