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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

    “For I was hungry and you gave me food…” Matthew 25:35
    One of the ways we live that Bible verse at St. John Vianney is through the All Saints Meal Program. 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 also can live this Bible verse by signing up online:

    Chicken or Food Item – 1st Thursday of the Month Drivers and Servers – 1st Thursday of the Month

    Chicken or Food Item – 3rd Thursday of the Month Drivers and Servers – 3rd Thursday of the Month

    Debbie and Chuck Potter

     

    262-786-3651

     

     

  • 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.

    Beth Dobrzynski

     

    262-844-3742

     

     

  • Caregivers Support

    The Caregivers Support ministry is sponsored by Catholic Charities with the intention of providing support to those who are caretakers of spouses, family members or other loved ones suffering from illness. Meetings are held monthly and provide opportunity through fellowship and a common experience for those who are facing the challenges of providing care. Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. Christian men and women who are looking for support and a monthly respite for several hours are welcome. Contact this ministry anytime for information

    Arlyne Jacoby

     

    262-792-1225

     

     

  • 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.

    Hospitality Volunteers

    Debbie Granger

     

    414-418-6128

     

     

  • 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

     

    262-373-0265

     

     

  • 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

     

     

  • ERAs Senior 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

     

    262-797-0878

     

     

  • 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

     

    262-827-9511

     

     

  • 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

     

    414-303-0083

     

     

  • Funeral Reception Committee

    The Funeral Reception Committee ministers to grieving families by assisting in the set-up, serving, and clean-up at funeral receptions at SJV on a flexible, as-needed basis. Training is provided.

    Mariann Van Winkle

     

     

  • 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

     

    262-796-3940

     

     

  • Grace Within

    Grace Within is a small group spiritual formation process for women utilizing personal journals and led by peers. Within Ministries is rooted in the Benedictine values of hospitality, prayer, and community. The spiritual process invites awareness, listening, humility, reflection, silence, and presence. Take a few hours each week to understand how you can grow spiritually, and to appreciate the value of how you minister to others in your life. Enjoy this opportunity to see and know your inner spark of divinity.

    Heather Druley

     

     

     

  • 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.

    12 Week Bereavement Support Group – St. Mary’s Visitation – Sept. 2017

    4 Week Bereavement Support Group – St. Dominic – Sept. 2017

    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

     

    262-786-1247

     

     

     

     

    Ron Barnes

     

    262-542-8824

     

  • 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

     

    262-860-0945

     

     

  • Human Concerns Standing Committee

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

    Jean Warner

     

     

    262-751-7972

     

  • Outreach Committee

    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

    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

     

    262-784-3554

     

     

  • 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.

    Renee Larson

     

    414-336-5097

     

     

  • 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 >>

    Elizabeth Anderson

     

    262-373-0111

     

     

  • 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

     

    262-786-3651

     

     

  • 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 Bev Luther.

    Bev Luther

     

    414-322-1853

     

     

  • 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

    The St. Vincent de Paul Society is an international Catholic lay organization that leads men and women to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in the tradition of its patron, St. Vincent de Paul. SVDP members, known as Vincentians, strive to see the face of Christ in those served, and to reflect the face of Christ to them. Vincentians visit the homes of needy persons in order to provide food, friendship, and financial help. The SJV conference maintains a food pantry at the parish supported by regular “reverse collections” and financial contributions from parish members. SJV Vincentians also serve meals to the poor at SVDP meal programs in Milwaukee and Waukesha, provide holiday food baskets to families, and collect clothing and household goods for its Waukesha area stores. These stores help support SVDP ministries to the poor in the Waukesha area. Conference members meet twice per month for spiritual growth and to discuss how to respond to requests for assistance.

    Frank Schmanski

     

    262-549-5793

     

     

  • 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

     

    262-786-3651

     

     

  • SPRED

    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

     

    262-271-2902

     

     

  • 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

     

    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 – 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

    Young at Heart is a parish ministry dedicated to serving the senior (50+) members of St. John Vianney Parish in the areas of fellowship in a faith community, development of interests, and growth in spirituality. They meet September through May (except for January and February) on the second Monday of the month from 12:30 to 2:30 PM in the Church Hall. Bulletin announcements occur twice before each meeting detailing the special events of that month. Events are based on the voting of the members and may include a variety of speakers, musical entertainment, an ice cream social, a variety of luncheons and outside cultural events. Participation by the members is greatly emphasized and expected. Current dues are $10 a year.

    Josefina Gardinier

     

    262-786-2391