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As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another,
as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
1 Peter 4:10

Since its foundation, the Church has adapted its ministries to manifest the love of Christ to people in every imaginable disaster. In tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, floods, famines, fires, and plagues the Church has been the face of Christ to those who suffer, creating new ministries to fill the needs of the people.

St. John Vianney has formed a ministry to provide for those in our community who are most vulnerable. We are so very grateful for the abundance of love and support brought forward by our generous volunteers!

Blessings,

John Thompson
Dir. Formation & Human Concerns

Can you drive? Are you able to run simple errands to assist our most vulnerable parishioners with simple, essential errands? Are you home from college and looking for a way to help?

As part of our Quarantine Ministries, you can make a difference by executing simple runs to pick up groceries or prescriptions. Integrity and discretion is essential. SJV has formed a ministry to provide for those in our community who are unable to leave their homes to pick up needed medication, food, or other essentials due to either self- or government-imposed quarantine. This ministry does not replace or duplicate the efforts of our Homebound Ministry in distributing the Eucharist, or those of our Society of St. Vincent dePaul in serving the poor. Nor is it a meal program. This is a new ministry. It is simply to provide the delivery of essentials, paid for by the recipients, to those who are quarantined. Due to CoVID19/coronavirus protocols, it does not involve personal contact with those who are served. If you are interested in helping, please contact Katie Vitalbo at (414) 234-8976 or katiev@stjohnv.org.

Isolation affects everyone, especially those who live alone or who are vulnerable. Our parish is calling our vulnerable parishioners to check in. Are things ok? Do they need assistance? Are there any prayer intentions we can offer up? Shall we check back in? These are just some of the questions that this friendly and kind ministry ask. If you are good with people and have a genuine love for others, then you are an ideal volunteer for this team. Contact Katie Vitalbo for more information at katiev@stjohnv.org.

Longtime SJV parishioner Mary Ann Davel, pictured left, has put her abundant sewing skills to good use recently in making much-needed surgical masks for Froedtert Hospital. She chose the distinct red and white striped fabric as a tribute to Candy Striper hospital volunteers who wear aprons or smocks with the same design. Mary Ann began making the masks on Wednesday, March 25, and has made over 200 since then. If you would like to help with this ministry, please contact our Quarantine Ministry coordinator, Katie Vitalbo, at (414) 234-8976 or katiev@stjohnv.org. SJV will pick up the masks you make and deliver them to the hospital. Patterns and instructions are listed below. Your help is greatly appreciated!

St. Vincent dePaul Food Pantry at St John Vianney, has remained open to helping those in need.   We can use your help to keep the pantry stocked.  Considering the Safer at Home directive, perhaps a monetary donation would be best (and safest) at this time. 

Checks can be made payable to: St. John Vianney – please mark in the memo field “SVDP Food Pantry.” Currently, the St. Vincent dePaul Store is closed, so please, no clothing items at this time.  

Food pantry items needed are:

  • Hygiene Products – Toilet paper, cleaning products, laundry  soap, hand sanitizer
  • Nonperishable Food – Canned meats, soups, oatmeal, fruit, and pastas.
  • Gift Cards – Pick n Save and Aldi cards ($20 amounts only per card)

Food pantry drop offs can be made at the parish office entrance, Monday through Friday 8-4:30 pm.  The building remains locked to the public – call the main number at 262-796-3940 to let a staff person know of the drop off and they will come forward to collect it while you wave safely from your car.  We thank you for your generosity!

Blood donations saves lives.  Learn more about ways you can do so at: https://www.versiti.org

Family Promise – Provides housing, meals and resources to help homeless families in Waukesha County. Because of church closures, Family Promise is not currently able to provide lodging to their clients. They are in need of the following:  Gift Cards – Pick n Save, Woodman’s, Meijer, Aldi, Walmart, Target and drive through restaurants.

  • Hygiene Products – Toilet paper, cleaning products, hand sanitizer
  • Financial Donations – to help secure hotel rooms for current clients
  • Volunteers – provide home cooked meals as needed.

Contact Joe Nettesheim at director@familypromisewaukesha.org