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Human Concerns Ministries

Individuals, families and friends who are active in the Human Concerns ministries, events and activities enjoy serving as God’s ears, hands and helpers. Feeding and clothing the less fortunate, visiting with the infirm or incarcerated, praying and nurturing others during difficult times — these ministries enable a response to Matthew 25:44. A joy of this ministry are flexible options of a one-time commitment to serving and responding on a regular schedule — with so many activities, it is easy to find several ministries that interest you. If you are interested in learning more about these ministries, click on the text to see more details and then contact the individual listed for more information.

  • All Saints Meal Program and All Saints Commons

    Serve the poor and homeless. Parishioners purchase food, prepare, deliver and serve at All Saints Parish in Milwaukee, first and third Thursdays of month. Donations of clothing, furniture, etc. to give a fresh start at All Saints Commons, a transitional to independent living home for homeless women and their children.

    Debbie and Chuck Potter

     

    262-786-3651

     

     

  • Angel Tree

    A ministry of Prison Fellowship whereby parishioners buy and deliver Christmas gifts for prisoners’ children on behalf of the absent parent in Jesus’ name. To match presents to appropriate aged children and deliver the gifts.

    Michelle and Michael Paris

     

    262-385-6326

     

     

  • Caregivers Support

    To support each other through illness of a spouse, sponsored by Catholic Charities. Monthly morning meeting for coffee to share fellowship and support each other through common experiences.

    Arlyne Jacoby

     

    262-792-1225

     

     

  • Divorce Ministry

    Offer support during and after a divorce. A 6-week Divorce Recovery Series is offered periodically by the quad parishes. The Single Again support group meets on alternate Thursday evenings at SJV from 7:00 to 8:30. People are needed to lead these groups. Leader education is handled by the Archdiocese.

    John Thompson

     

    262-796-3940

     

     

  • Elizabeth Ministry

    Ministry of women to women around all issues related to childbirth, pregnancy, infertility and loss of a child. Volunteers offer help to others based upon their own experience and ability.

    Amy Wucherer

     

    262-789-0902

     

     

  • Fair Trade Holiday Market

    Help Third World artisans sell their wares, while offering parishioners a chance to purchase quality items. On the last
    weekend in October, work with multiple vendors to conduct the market here at the parish.

    Kathleen Rave

     

    262-938-3233

     

     

  • Faith Seeking Healing

    Ministry of women to women around all issues related to childbirth, pregnancy, infertility and loss of a child. Volunteers offer help to others based upon their own experience and ability.

    John Thompson

     

    262-796-3940

     

     

  • Firm Believers

    Meeting and strengthening the spiritual and physical needs of people – “the ultimate moving experience.” Dance/aerobic activity that includes muscle strengthening techniques. Meets weekday mornings a week at 8:00 am in the Church Hall.

    Debbie Strachota

     

    414-303-0083

     

     

  • Grief Ministry

    Give support to parishioners who have lost a loved one. Contact the grieving family and provide the offer for prayer and support. A special 4-week series is offered twice a year to those who are grieving, and there are periodic events in the quad parishes.

    Mariann Van Winkle

     

    262-796-3944

     

     

  • Habitat for Humanity

    Workers donate time and services on a regular basis to renovate existing homes and construct new affordable housing in inner city areas of Milwaukee. Special skills are not required and the activities are flexible.

    Paul Schmidt

     

    262-786-1247

     

     

  • Human Concerns Standing Committee

    Promote service and social action in the parish and beyond. Study current issues in light of Catholic social teaching.

    Chip O’Dell

     

     

    262-567-7421

     

  • Interfaith Senior Programs

    Faith-centered non-profit organization serving Waukesha County residents in need due to age or disability. Help people stay in their homes through telephone reassurance, home visits, transportation, shopping and chores, help with forms and non-medical respite care. Representative meets with the agency to facilitate SJV connection. Training provided.

    Geri Schaefer

     

    262-797-0878

     

     

  • Meet, Eat & Mingle

    Create a greater sense of community for single adults through bi-monthly shared meals and other activities as planned by members. Participants gather on a Sunday for a meal and for socializing. Occasional other events are planned.

    Trina Biertzer

     

     

  • MOMS (Ministry of Mothers Sharing)

    Allow moms to connect with each other and themselves spiritually. A 6-week series and discussion. Babysitting is included. Offered periodically.

    John Thompson

     

    262-796-3940

     

     

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  • New Beginnings

    A social group offering support to widowed individuals. Leadership is needed to help plan programs and activities.

    TBD

     

     

  • Outreach

    Researches organizations and awards grants that meet the needs of direct service, justice education, empowerment and advocacy. Meets quarterly.

    Jean Beaudoin

     

    262-784-1285

     

     

  • Parish Social

    Offer parishioners a chance to socialize and meet one another. Set up and provide coffee, donuts and juice for parishioners on the second Sunday of each month after the 9 and 11 AM Masses. Free-will offering accepted.

    Leni & Larry Kahler

     

    262-786-7874

     

  • Prayer Shawl Ministry

    To offer prayer and support to those who are suffering by means of a shawl made in prayer and supported by prayer. This includes those who are sick, grieving or otherwise suffering hardship. Members knit or crochet shawls while praying for recipients. Shawls are then blessed and given out as needed or requested.

    Shelagh Roell

     

    262-784-3554

     

     

  • Reception Committee

    Capture the vitality, spirituality and community of St. John Vianney through still photos and/or video recordings. Photograph events for the weekly bulletin or special features and projects such as the annual report.

    Connie Pire

     

    262-796-1290

     

     

     

     

    Katie Vitalbo

     

    262-513-9113

     

     

  • Repairers of the Breach

    SJV parishioners bring bag lunches to this day shelter on Milwaukee’s north side and share scripture and faith with the men and women there. Participants share in a Bible study and talk with people. An emphasis is placed on what we can learn from the poor and powerless themselves. Parish volunteers prepare bag lunches.

    Jean Siegfried

     

    262-786-2313

     

     

  • Respect Life Committee

    Regular meetings for planning and formation on the full spectrum of life issues, opportunities for prayer, education and action. Monitor legislative and community developments that affect the dignity of human life.

     

    Respect Life >>

    Maria Schloemer

     

    262-717-9626

     

     

  • Ronald McDonald House Brunch

    Offer support and nourishment to families staying at Ronald McDonald House while they accompany a sick child at Children’s Hospital. Provide food and serve brunch once per month at the house on Watertown Plank Rd.

    Debbie and Chuck Potter

     

    262-786-3651

     

     

  • SJV Helping Rosalie Manor

    Rosalie Manor is a Catholic charity that helps unwed mothers with their newborn babies. SJV Helping Rosalie Manor collects new and used clothing, bedding, blankets, pacifiers, baby furniture, strollers, diapers, and all things needed for a newborn. They also appreciate maternity clothes, socks for moms, sample packets of shampoo, etc. If you have items to donate, please contact Debbie Potter to arrange a pick-up.

    Debbie and Chuck Potter

     

    262-786-3651

     

     

  • Saint Vincent de Paul Meal Program

    Jesus said to feed the poor. In answering the call, parish members purchase, make and serve food at a meal program. Help is needed preparing, delivering and/or serving food.

    Dick Fedler

     

    262-814-0288

     

     

  • Saint Vincent de Paul Society

    A Catholic lay organization whose members grow spiritually through person-to-person service to the needy and suffering. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity. Our conference makes home visits to those in material or other need, providing food, resources and financial help when needs arise. The conference also visits and brings Mass cards to families who have lost loved ones, delivers holiday food baskets, oversees the parish food pantry and “reverse collections”, and coordinates parish involvement in the meal program.

    Frank Schmanski

     

    262-549-5793

     

     

  • Single Again

    Single Again is a quad-parish support group for those in the process of divorce and beyond. It is open to men and women from any parish or none, does not require registration, and is free.

    Mary Janowak

     

    262-373-0265

     

     

  • Summer Service Series

    Offer individuals and families various opportunities to participate in hands-on service ministry with a wide variety of organizations in the greater Milwaukee community. Volunteers may organize, lead or participate in a variety of offerings. For more information on the overall ministry, visit the Summer Service Series ministry page.

    Summer Service Series >>

    John Thompson

     

    262-796-3940

     

     

  • Twinning – International – Sister Parish Piura, Peru

    Help build a sister parish relationship with our international twinning parish, Santísimo Sacramento, in Piura, Peru. A Family to Family Program and Sponsor An Angel Program are just 2 of the ways you can get involved. There are many more ways. For more information on the overall ministry, visit the Sister Parish Piura, Peru ministry page.

    Sister Parish Peru >>

    Julie Beres

     

    414-333-6141

     

     

     

    Mary Label

     

    262-781-7372

     

     

  • Twinning – International – Sister Parish Piura, Peru

    Help build a sister parish relationship with our international twinning parish, Santísimo Sacramento, in Piura, Peru. A Family to Family Program and Sponsor An Angel Program are just 2 of the ways you can get involved. There are many more ways. For more information on the overall ministry, visit the Sister Parish Piura, Peru ministry page.

    Sister Parish Peru >>

    Julie Beres

     

    414-333-6141

     

     

     

    Mary Label

     

    262-781-7372

     

     

  • Twinning – Local – Prince of Peace

    Build sister relationship with our twinning parish, Prince of Peace. Many activities are possible: multicultural faith-sharing groups, school/Christian Formation collaboration, joint prayer/worship opportunities, service projects, exploring immigration issues, person-to-person or family-to-family connections, etc.

    Prince of Peace >>

    John Thompson

     

    262-796-3940

     

     

  • Veterans’ Group

    To give veterans and their families and friends a chance to talk with each other about their experiences in the military and to support one another. Meet monthly at the Parish Social to socialize, share information and swap stories.

    Edward & Elizabeth Tyre

     

    262-797-7953

     

  • Young At Heart

    A social support group for senior citizens. Upbeat group does things such as ice cream socials, pot luck dinners, or lunch at the Venice Club. Speakers are occasionally brought in.

    Josephina Gardinier

     

    262-786-2391

     

     

     

    Ruth Ritter

     

    262-789-8175