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

    “For I was hungry and you gave me food…” Matthew 25:35
    We at Saint John Vianney Parish live that Bible verse. Join our group of volunteers to provide, prepare and deliver food to the poor. The meals are served the first and third Thursdays of the month at All Saints Catholic Church, 26th & Capitol Drive. Any level of participation is welcome. Find out how you can live this Bible verse too!

    Debbie and Chuck Potter





  • Angel Tree

    Be a Christmas Angel. Embrace the joy of Christmas giving by providing gifts to the innocent children of incarcerated parents. Angel Tree is a ministry fellowship whereby parishioners help match and deliver Christmas presents to appropriate-aged children in the Milwaukee area.

    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





  • Cathedral Center Hospitality Program

    The Cathedral Center is a shelter for women and families facing an emergency housing crisis. Parish volunteers purchase, prepare, deliver and serve a meal to the clients at the Cathedral Center, located at 845 N. Van Buren Street, Milwaukee, on a monthly basis.

    Debbie Granger





  • Divorce Ministry (Single Again)

    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





  • 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. Work with multiple vendors to conduct the market here at the parish.

    Kathleen Rave





  • Faith Seeking Healing

    On a weekly basis, those who would like to pray over others for healing gather simply to pray for fellow individuals in need of any kind of spiritual, physical, or emotional prayer assistance. Meet at 7:45 AM on Thursday, immediately following the 7:00 AM Mass in main church.

    Michael Reid





  • Firm Believers

    Join the “ultimate moving experience!” Firm Believers is a ministry of improving the body and fellowship amongst its members. All ages are welcome! Dance aerobics on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with Yoga on Tuesday and Zumba on Thursdays. You’ll find mothers dancing alongside daughters, husbands with wives, 80-year-olds dancing next to 3-year-olds. Class starts every weekday at 8:00 a.m. We close with a faith-filled reading every day while stretching and a prayer circle on Wednesdays. Stop in anytime! Noteworthy Quotes: “You can’t shake the Firm Believers!” “Most everyone in the Parish has stopped by, from time to time.”

    Debbie Strachota





  • Gleaning at the Farmers Market

    Volunteer gleaners gather leftover food from the Brookfield Farmers Market and take it to the Waukesha Salvation Army for their meal program. This is done on Saturdays June through October each year in cooperation with other Brookfield faith groups.

    John Thompson





  • 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 periodically 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







    Ron Barnes




  • Homebound Ministry

    Take Eucharist to and visit those unable to attend Mass. Eucharistic visits to include the sharing of fellowship and friendship with our homebound parishioners.

    Helen Fliss





  • 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 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





  • Meet & Eat

    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.

    Heather Druley







    Karen Selkey





  • Outreach Committee

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

    Jean Beaudoin





  • 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




  • Prayer Shawl Ministry

    A ministry to give prayer support to those in our community and surrounding areas who are suffering through illness, grieving, or any hardship. Knitters and crocheters gather four times a year to discuss their projects and attend a mass to bless their finished prayer shawls. Pattern may be provided as well as yarn, but creativity is welcome. Each shawl is as unique as the people who make them and those who receive them.

    Shelagh Roell





  • 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.

    Katie Vitalbo





  • 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

    We know it’s horrible having a sick child, but having a very sick child in the hospital is a parent’s worst nightmare. Here at Saint John Vianney Parish we have a ministry that offers a nutritious meal to families at the Ronald McDonald House. Once a month we serve between 50-80 people a hot, delicious meal. (Food donations are welcome.) For more information or to see how you can be involved, please call Debbie or Chuck – it is a very rewarding ministry.

    Debbie and Chuck Potter





  • Saint Dismas Jail Ministry of Waukesha Country

    “I was in prison and you came to me.” Mt 25:36

    The purpose of this ministry is to help people and their families who struggle with the justice system, yet seek the light of Christ. For more information, see our St. Vincent de Paul website>>

    John Waymel


    262-790-9070 (home) or 847-682-8777 (cell)



  • Saint Hyacinth’s Food Pantry

    At the pantry, volunteers help sort and distribute food, clothing, and hygiene items which are then distributed to the needy on the south side of Milwaukee. St. Hyacinth’s Food Pantry is located at 1414 West Beecher Street. Milwaukee, WI 53215. If you are interested in sharing in this ministry, please contact Jim or Bev Luther.

    Jim & Bev Luther





  • 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.

    Frank Schmanski





  • SJV Baby Shower (For Rosalie Manor)

    Rosalie Manor is a Catholic charity that helps unwed mothers with their newborn babies. SJV Helping out 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






    SPRED (Special Religious Development) is a program designed to meet the spiritual needs of persons with developmental disabilities. Through the experience of one-to-one relationships within a small group setting, volunteer catechists help people with special needs realize their faith, hope, and gifts.

    Caroline Langer





  • Summer Service Series

    Offers 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





  • 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





  • 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





  • 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





  • 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




  • Young At Heart

    This is a ministry for senior members of St John Vianney. It is a social group of men and women which includes fellowship, spirituality and community interest at their monthly meetings. There may be an interesting speaker, an entertainment group, an outing to a restaurant or a performance at the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center. Dues are $10.00 /year and the meetings are held the 2nd Monday of the month
    at 12:30pm in the SJV Church Hall.

    Josefina Gardinier






    Ruth Ritter