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





  • 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





  • 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





  • Christ Child Shower

    Help provide needed items for new unwed mothers. For two weeks in the spring, items are collected in the narthex to be made into layettes for new mothers.

    Debbie and Chuck Potter





  • 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.

    Martha Malloy





  • 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





  • 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





  • 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.

    Sister Nelda Hernandez





  • 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





  • 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





  • 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





  • Interfaith Caregiving Network

    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






  • Outreach

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

    Candace Buckley





  • 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





  • 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





  • 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





  • 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





  • 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





  • 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.

    Connie Misner





  • 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





  • 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 >>

    Martha Malloy





  • 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 >>

    Martha Malloy





  • 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






    Mary Label