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Human Concerns Commission
Human Concerns Commission seeks to support our parish mission to seek, know,
and become Christ, by focusing on the implementation of the Corporal and
Spiritual Works of Mercy within our parish and in the greater community.”
THE WORKS OF MERCY
Corporal Works of Mercy
Spiritual Works of Mercy
Feed the hungry
Give drink to the thirsty
Shelter the homeless
Visit the sick
Visit the prisoners
Bury the dead
Give alms to the poor
Counsel the doubtful
Instruct the ignorant
Admonish the sinner
Comfort the sorrowful
Bear wrongs patiently
Pray for the living and the dead
St. Dominic Catholic Parish
The Bereavement Ministry serves parish
families who have lost a loved one to death. The members of the
ministry are trained to give comfort and support to the grieving
families through phone calls, sending cards and notes, personal
visits (if requested), contact during holidays, and offering
additional resources if requested. It may also incorporate visiting
the funeral home and attending the funeral. Each bereavement
minister is responsible for communicating with and offering
spiritual and emotional support to one or two grieving parish
members, or family member of a deceased parish member. Bereavement
ministers meet as a group bi-monthly to share successes, challenges
and gain ongoing training.
There are a wide variety of activities associated
with the smooth function of this ministry. Ministry volunteers set up the Marcy Center and food service for
funeral luncheons to assist families in the celebration of their
loved one’s life. Coffee needs to be prepared. Tables need to be set
with tablecloths. Food that is brought in by families or
restaurants needs to be set on serving tables and refilled as
needed. Afterwards leftovers are packaged and given to the families
to take home. Seating and service tables are cleaned afterwards. Assistance is offered to the families to coordinate the details of
the luncheon-number of attendees, time of funeral, type of food
being served, and any audio-visual needs. Supplies need to be
inventoried and restocked in the Marcy Center kitchen storage.
"To bury the dead" is one of the corporal works of Mercy
important ministry within the parish. We assist loved ones in
bereavement, grieving and in planning a memorable Mass for the
deceased. Each member of the ministry team is called to be the
compassionate outreach of the parish community. The Mass is the
prayer of the Church in celebrating their resurrection, and we are
called to active participation in the ministry of consolation, which is rooted in
the hope that comes from faith in the resurrection of the Lord
Funeral ministers are trained by the pastoral associate. Volunteers
include one server, who prepares the altar and serves
during the Mass. He/she will receive any specific direction from
either the priest, deacon or pastoral associate. There are also one
or two ministers who seek out family members during the visitation
to train them on how to approach the altar, where the readings can
be found, how
to use the microphone and where the gifts of bread and wine are
located. These volunteers will light the charcoal in the
sacristy during the funeral Mass and following the Sign of Peace, bring the thurible to
the altar and place it on the stand. If needed, per direction of
the pastoral staff, the minister might assist with the Precious Body
or Blood during Communion. Following the funeral Mass, the
ministers help to clean the church by removing water bottles or
Orders of Worship, as well as help with the removal of the Pall,
books, and aspergillum (holy water sprinkler), and bringing items to
the sacristy. The server is responsible for the purification of
the communion vessels.
During the Thanksgiving/Christmas season,
parish members donate specific gift items to Hebron House, Mothers’
Support Center, Agape Center, Guest House, Christ Child Society, St.
Ben’s Meal Program, St. Michael’s Parish, the Notre Dame Sisters,
and St. Vincent de Paul. In mid-October we call each recipient
organization to ask about their needs. Delivery dates are
arranged. Volunteers are contacted to make the gift tags, set up the
trees, and to sort and distribute the items after each Mass. The
first 3 Thursday mornings in November, 10-12 people make the gifts
tags. Trees are set up for parishioners to select
gift tags the third weekend in November. Gifts come in the second
weekend of December and are sorted and bagged in the chapel. We receive
well over 1,400 gifts each year and have a core group of dedicated
volunteers. More helping hands are welcome! Gifts
are then stored until distributed on the assigned delivery date.
The Guest House Ministry is a small group of volunteers who make
and deliver approximately 250 sandwiches each month to be used for a
lunch or meal for the Guest House Men’s
Shelter located on 13th Street in Milwaukee. Volunteers usually meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at
9:30 am in the Marcy Center kitchen. Ham, cheese and sandwich bags
are purchased. Currently, the bread
and mustard is donated. This ministry has been in existence for
over 20 years at St Dominic Catholic Parish. The Guest House
provides shelter, warm beds, friendly staff, and warm meals to 85
men each night and over 400 individuals each year. The first step in restoring
dignity and purpose is to have a place to call home. All the guests
in the shelter work one-on-one with a case manager to create a
personalized plan to overcome homelessness. The goal of the
Guest House is that all guests leave with permanent housing, a
family-supporting income, and sustained sobriety or stable mental
Ministry volunteers provide meals to parishioners
who have experienced significant changes in their personal lives
that disrupt their ability to handle normal daily tasks. It could be
the addition of a baby, surgery, a change in health status, or a
death that impacts their lives. Members of the ministry contact the
families to offer meals. Meals are made, based on family preferences
and any dietary restrictions, and delivered around dinner time to
the parishioner’s home. The meals consist of a meat, potato,
vegetable and dessert. Meals are large enough that the family has
leftovers for another meal.
Visiting the sick is one of the Church’s main
corporal works of Mercy. When members of the faith community are
hospitalized or in a medical care facility, they often like to
receive the sacrament of anointing of the sick, a special blessing,
or to receive Communion. The HIPPA law prohibits us from having
knowledge that parishioners might be in a care facility. It is
important that the individual, or a family
member or friend, contact either the Parish or the pastoral
associate regarding their need of for spiritual support.
Volunteers are needed to help extend pastoral care and
prayer to those who are ill. The
pastoral associate will determine if the person is in need of
anointing and in that case will contact a priest to facilitate the
request. If the person would like prayer visits and/or Communion,
the pastoral associate will facilitate the request through a
trained ministry volunteer. Volunteers are equipped with a pyx, Holy Communion,
prayer books, and
parish material to leave with the individual. Volunteers will
provide feedback on any change in health status or needs to the
pastoral associate. Due to the sensitive nature of this ministry,
confidentiality is required.
Interfaith Senior Programs is a nonprofit
organization whose mission is to engage and support Waukesha County
senior citizens and adults with disabilities in leading meaningful
lives in their own homes and help them maintain their independence. Interfaith has a variety of volunteer opportunities
for individuals, families, large groups, small groups, and youth
groups that include one-time commitments, such as seasonal yard
clean-up, lawn mowing, or snow removal, occasional opportunities
such as drivers for medical appointments or friendly visits, and
regular commitments such as administrative support, food pantry or meal
delivery. Yard clean up is a great opportunity for youth groups
looking for volunteer hours. Individuals are usually required to
complete a volunteer application. Groups will need to have a group
leader who has completed the application process.For a full list of volunteer
The making of a prayer shawl is a spiritual practice
which embodies our thoughts and prayers for the receiver. It is a
gift freely given. Made in prayer, for prayer, the
shawls are passed on hand-to-hand and heart-to-heart. A prayer
shawl, knitted with love and draped over the shoulders of a sick or
grieving family member, is a fitting metaphor of how our faith
provides warmth and refuge during life’s greatest challenges. It is
also a fitting representation of the love of the parish community
surrounding them with prayers during their difficult time. This
ministry began in 1998 with a group of women who participated in the
first Women’s Leadership Institute at The Hartford Seminary in
Hartford, CT. They began knitting shawls for women who were
undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer and other illnesses. A
new member of St. Dominic, the daughter of one of the original women
who began the ministry, formed the St. Dominic ministry in 2015. Women of the parish gather the first Thursday of the month from 4:30- 5:30 pm to knit and crochet prayer shawls. The prayer shawls are
blessed during the third Friday of the month morning Mass.
The Lenten Outreach is a major financial, service,
and spiritual outreach effort that the entire St. Dominic
community participates in during Lent. The pastoral associate, together with the
pastor and members of the
Human Concerns Commission, determines the focus for the outreach
program. Members of the parish are able to support the program in a
variety of ways – through monetary donations, volunteer service
hours, fundraising support, and other unique ways to meet the needs
of the organization selected. Past outreach has included: All
Saints Parish in Milwaukee, St. Anne’s Intergenerational Center, and
St. Mary Magdalen Parish, where we have not only provided
significant financial support, but also done structural maintenance
on their buildings and beautified their landscaping. St. Dominic
parishioners have made the lives of those groups richer as we help
them to grow in Christ.
Open Door Café is a ministry that serves
approximately 100-150 hot meals and/or
bag lunches, Sunday through Friday from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, and
offers hygiene kits to the homeless and disadvantaged. The Open Door Café is located at St. John’s
Cathedral, 812 N. Jackson St., Milwaukee. Individuals as well as
groups volunteer to serve beverages and food, which are acquired through corporate donations and prepared by staff of the
Open Door Café. Group size varies from 9 to 15 individuals and all
are pre-scheduled by Open Door Café staff. When serving meals,
volunteers are assigned stations – beverage service, bread and
utensils, dessert, and main food service line-cafeteria
style. During the school year, Sunday food service is predominantly
handled by various parish youth service or confirmation
groups. There are more opportunities available for individuals who
are able to do weekday service.
Parishioner fellowship is held in
the Marcy Center after the 9:00 am Mass on the first Sunday of the
month from October through May. Simple refreshments of coffee,
juice and donuts are provided to give everyone an opportunity to
meet each other and socialize in a relaxed environment. An order
for 8 to 12 dozen donuts is placed with the local grocery store on the
Tuesday prior to Sunday Mass. Eight to 10 containers of juice are
purchased, and supplies of coffee, cups, and napkins are checked and
purchased as needed. By 7:00 am Sunday morning, the donuts are
picked up. Following 7:30 am Mass, volunteers set up in the Marcy
Center, wipe off tables, start coffee, pour juice, cut donuts in
half and arrange on trays. Afterwards, everything is cleaned-up,
trash bags taken to the kitchen and tables wiped clean. Leftover donuts
are donated and brought to local food shelters.
In light of the corporal work of Mercy, “Visit the
sick and homebound," this ministry is extremely important to the
parish. Many parish members are homebound and unable to come to
Mass on a regular basis. There are various ways to serve those who
find themselves in this situation such as visiting, bringing them
Communion, praying with them, and helping them overcome their
loneliness. Volunteers are needed to be an extension of the parish
pastoral ministry. Volunteers can visit socially with the homebound,
pray with them and bring Communion. They may also relay any requests
for anointing or a visit from the priest to the pastoral associate
who will arrange for that visit. Visits are determined by the need
of the homebound person and the volunteer’s ability to meet with
them. Volunteers are given confidential information about the
individual or couple at home. Contact information may NOT be shared
with others. Volunteers are trained by the pastoral associate to
pray and bring Communion. Volunteers may also bring a parish
bulletin, calendar or other information from the parish. Contact Person: Mary Lestina,
262.781.3480, Ext. 225
The Prayer Network consists of a group of “prayer
warriors” who pray for the intentions of those who make a request.
Requests are received via the website, by email, or by personal
requests to the chairperson or ministry member. Currently, there are
approximately 80 parishioners who continuously pray for intentions.
As prayer requests are received, they are shared with the network either
by email or by phone. From time to time, we hear that prayers
answered and receive words of appreciation for prayers offered.
Prayer is powerful! This is a ministry in which anyone can
participate, regardless of one’s situation. To become a prayer
warrior, please indicate your interest by contacting Kathy Monday
below. Contact Person: Kathy Monday, 262.790.0535
The Respect Life ministry organizes activities to
promote awareness of the sanctity of all life from conception to
natural death throughout the year and help support local pro-life
pregnancy help centers.
Bottle Coin Collection: money collected used to
support the Women’s Support Center and Life’s Connection pregnancy
Mother’s Day Rose Sale: sale of roses support Wisconsin Right to
Baby Shower collection: infant items collected supports
the Women’s Support Center and Life’s Connection pregnancy help
Fleece Baby Blankets: blankets made by school and lifelong
faith formation students and donations by parishioners are
donated to the Women's Support Center and Life's Connection
pregnancy help center.
A Rosary for Life is prayed on the first and third Tuesday
of the month at 7:00 pm in church, weather permitting, we pray
in the Prayer Gardens.
Respect Life Flyers: informational flyers on abortion,
contraception, the death penalty, persons with disabilities,
embryo research, end of life, love and marriage, and
reproductive technologies are distributed.
Speakers: we bring in speakers on subjects such as
end-of-life decisions, post-abortive support, human trafficking,
40 Days of Life: we support the local 40 Days for Life
campaigns twice per year.
Life Chain: we participate in the annual Life Chain on the
fist Sunday in October.
Pro-life Events: We support local events for Pro-Life
Wisconsin, Wisconsin Right to Life, The Women's Support Center,
Life's Connection and Eyewitness for Life.
On the first Tuesday of each even-numbered month,
following the Rosary for Life, there is a ministry meeting.
St. Ben’s Meal Program is a ministry of the Capuchin
Community which serves the needy in the inner city of Milwaukee.
Parishes and organizations volunteer to provide and serve a meal
to 300+ men, women and children who come every night for food. Giving food to the hungry and drink to the thirsty is a corporal
work of Mercy. The community service of providing a meal makes us aware of our own personal blessings and to share them with
those less fortunate.
St. Dominic Parish members serve a meal at St. Ben’s six times a
year on Fridays. Volunteers can sign up to help make the casserole, (all
ingredients are provided), bake two dozen desserts, or volunteer to
transport or serve the meal. Servers need to be at St. Ben’s no
later than 4:45 pm and serve until 6:30 pm. At St. Ben’s
Community Meal site, volunteers are needed each night to help with
beverages, tables, and dishes. We normally schedule 8 – 10
volunteers each night for our meal service. It is a great way to
serve and teach service for all ages. We also encourage volunteers
to perform a “Ministry of Presence,” to sit with the guests, engage
in conversation, meet them on their terms, and share your
own experiences. That is the greatest gift one person can give to
another - to be wholly present, to listen, to be attentive, to show
that you care.
The St. Dismas Jail ministry is part of the St.
Vincent de Paul Society, with its own structure, meetings, officers
and membership. The jail ministry helps people, regardless of age,
creed, education, race, economic situation or circumstances, who
have made unhealthy choices and find themselves incarcerated as a
result. Many have endured abuse or may be struggling with
addictions. For all of their differences they have this in common:
they are paying, or have paid their debt to society, and need help
to reestablish themselves. The members of the St. Dismas Conference
perform many diverse initiatives including: jail/prison visitation,
Bible study, Sunday prayer and Communion service, eye care services,
Project Angel Tree, letter writing, and men’s and women’s
aftercare. We are focused on helping incarcerated and recently
released inmates explore their faith, create and grow a solid
spiritual foundation with the goal of finding a place for God in
their lives, and become productive members of society. We work in
conjunction with the National Ex-offenders Re-entry Project, Project
Return, Sophia, and WISDOM. Training and clearance is required for
anyone pursuing Sunday services at the Waukesha County Jail.
The Seniors Group meets monthly, except
in August, and provides an opportunity for mature adults to
have both spiritual and social interaction with others and keep
socially active. We begin with Mass, followed by a short business
meeting, catered lunch and social program or presentation in the
Marcy Center. Programs range from purely
entertaining, to learning experiences. Time spent visiting with
peers helps to build and maintain relationships. Anyone over the
age of 55, whether a parish member or not, is welcome to join.
There are currently about 100 seniors who regularly share fellowship with
other. In July, a picnic meeting is held at a local park, and in
December a Christmas celebration is held at a restaurant. An ongoing activity within the group is to make the
which are provided to all babies baptized at St. Dominic Catholic Parish.
Members of the Senior Group are also active in other parish
"St. Vincent de Paul of Waukesha County is a group
of lay Catholic volunteers from all walks of life, neighbors
helping neighbors right here in Waukesha County. Assistance may
include emergency rent, utilities, food, clothing, household goods
and/or referral services. On a person-to-person basis, through a
home visit, members offer help, hope, and encouragement to people in
need - an ear to listen, a hand in a time of crisis and a hope to
guide people toward programs that can bring lasting change to into
their lives." (SVdP website) The primary focus of our ministry is
to help the poor.
The St. Dominic Catholic Parish conference meets on the 1st and 3rd
Mondays of the month at 7:00 pm in the Marcy Center. Meetings generally
last an hour and a half which includes praying the rosary at the end
of the meeting. A core activity is the at home visit, where a pair of
trained Vincentians meet with clients to assess their needs and how
we might be of assistance to them. We do this with humility,
and maintain the dignity and confidentiality of those we serve. Our
many activities include: pick-up and delivery of bakery products,
Back-to-School drive, Christmas presents for children of our
patrons, presents for children of Waukesha jail inmates, monitoring
a Help Line for calls, home visits, twinning with the Holy Trinity
conference in Chile, meal service at the Hope Center, Bundle Sunday
collections, volunteering at the Waukesha SVdP Thrift Store, and the
summer lunch program. The St. Dominic parish conference has served
the community since 1957. We typically help more than 800
This ministry is committed to the healing and recovery of
separated or divorced individuals by providing pastoral care and
resources to meet their emotional and spiritual needs during
stressful and confusing time. Initial contact should be through
the pastoral associate.
Many Catholics, including separated and divorced Catholics
themselves, are confused or misinformed about the status of divorced
persons in the Catholic Church. As a result, many divorced Catholics fail to participate as fully
as they can in the spiritual and sacramental life of the Church, and
many Catholic communities fail to welcome and embrace divorced
Catholics as fully as they should.
Divorce is a traumatic personal experience under any circumstances.
It is all the more difficult when it is unexpected or unwanted, if
children are involved, or if the partners are people of faith, who
took seriously their commitment to be faithful “for better or
worse until death do us part.” Divorce shatters dreams and betrays
expectations; in many cases it destroys, in a seemingly short time,
what a couple has worked years to establish and maintain. The
wrenching personal tragedy of divorce creates a wide variety of
powerful and sometimes conflicting emotions, including relief,
anger, fear, and guilt. In addition to the practical challenges
which accompany a divorce, the apparent failure of a marriage often
raises serious issues of self-confidence, self-respect, and
Depending on each individual’s unique needs and circumstances,
ministry offerings can include:
Participation in Catholic divorce programs such as The
Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide by Rose Sweet, either
individually or as part of a small group
Information on annulments
Notification of programs and resources available through the
Quad Parishes or the Archdiocese
The Siena House Ministry volunteers make 3 dinner
meals each month for the Siena House Shelter in Waukesha. Siena
House serves approximately 18 single adult men who may be, or may
have been homeless. Meals are delivered during the day to the
administrative offices of the Siena House. The schedule is
coordinated on an annual basis so volunteers have ample time to plan
and prepare their contributions.
This ministry currently has 3 separate groups, each with 8 to 12
volunteers. Groups rotate taking meals on the 1st Thursday, the 3rd
Wednesday, and the 4th Tuesday of each month. You are paired with a
partner. We try to keep the meals simple so that they can
warmed up - chili, sloppy Joes, tacos, etc. There are also
volunteers who strictly make desserts or supply snacks or fresh
fruit. Food is collected on a rotating basis at volunteer homes, from coolers outside the front door, either the day before or the
morning of the meal. Volunteers who are responsible for the main
course will deliver the meal to the administrative offices of the
The men who live at the Siena House have often
exhausted every other option. Many have imposed on friends and
family until those relationships are broken. Some may have been
living in their cars. They come to the Siena House expecting very
little. The Siena House offers a safe place to heal, regroup, and
plan a path forward. The Outside In Program is an innovative
approach to providing a warm bed, support, and resources for the
homeless to become reestablished.
The Summer Service Series is a collaborative outreach effort
among the tri-parishes: St. Dominic (Brookfield), St. John Vianney
(Brookfield), and St. Mary’s Visitation (Elm Grove). A tri-parish
planning team plans and organizes an entire summer of service
opportunities at various locations. Programs serve people with
different needs and circumstances. The program motivates activism,
commitments for people with busy schedules, and offers a great
opportunity for service hours. The Summer Service series is
published in May and made available in the parish bulletin and on
the website. Events run from June through August and include a
variety of activities: serving meals, sorting food at food pantries,
making cookies at “Kathy’s House,” watering and weeding the SET
ministry community garden, or having ice cream with the Sisters of
Notre Dame while providing conversation and companionship.
Moms with Multiple Sclerosis Group
- A newer group, just for moms living with MS. We will be
meeting the first Wednesday of every month at St. Dominic.
Grief and Loss Support Group
- St. Dominic participates in several grief support groups.
Bi-weekly Grief Support Group
- held at St. Joseph Parish, Wauwatosa. The support group is
an opportunity for grieving people to come together and talk about their
feelings and thoughts with others who are struggling through losses.
It is a safe place to find solace and support. Lead by qualified
and experienced leaders, you can gain the emotional and spiritual
support you need. This group meets at St. Joseph's Church, 12130
W. Center Ave. in Wauwatosa every other Wednesday morning from 10:00 -
11:15 am. For more information or to join, please call Ruth
Hospice Chaplain Julie Novotny at 414.607.4714.
The Hope Series, a 4-week grief
support series - held within the Quad parishes twice a year, in
October and May.
"The Common Ground of Grief"
Monthly Program - The Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Catholic
Cemeteries sponsors "The Common Ground of
Grief" monthly. Led by Patrick V.
Dean, M.Ed, Director of Grief Education for Catholic Cemeteries. For
more information, contact
Mary Lestina at 262.781.3480, or visit
www.cemeteries.org, and click
on link for "The Common Ground of Grief"on the left-hand side of the
Individual bereavement support
- St. Dominic also provides individualized bereavement
support for any parishioner in need.
Alzheimer's Association -
Family/Caregiver Support Group for Men -Are you caring for
someone with Alzheimer's disease? Does someone you love have
Alzheimer's disease or another dementia? We invite you to attend
one of our support groups for caregivers; a safe place, where people
listen and understand. Let's take the journey together....3rd
Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at Gethsemane United Methodist
Church, 742 Main St. In Pewaukee, in the Parlor Room. For more
information regarding this support group or for a complete list of
support groups, please call the Alzheimer's Association Southeastern
Wisconsin Chapter 24-hours, toll-free: 1.800.272.3900.
Single Again Support Group- Those recently divorced are invited to our
gatherings. All sessions are held at St. John Vianney (Parish
Center, Second Floor), 1755 N. Calhoun Rd., 7:00-8:30 pm. There is no
need to register and no charge to attend. For specific information, call
Mary Janowak at 262.796.3944, ext. 120.
Cancer Survivors - Cancer
can be a lonely experience. It can help enormously to talk with others who've been there. Please consider joining us for our Cancer Survivors!
Group, which will meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm
(except in June and July) in the Parish Center. You might
think that the group might be grim and humorless, but nothing could be
farther from the truth! Join us for laughter and friendship in sharing a
tough, but winnable experience!
Al-Anon - For information
about Al-Anon meetings, please visit the
Al-Anon/Ala-Teen website, where you'll find links to meetings in your
Alcoholics Anonymous - A
weekly support group that meets weekly on Fridays at 6:00 pm in the
Marcy Center. To find additional AA meetings, please visit the
Alcoholics Anonymous website, where you'll find links to meetings in
Harry Hawthorne 40 Plus - A
weekly support group for older job-seekers, particularly those over age
40, that meets every Saturday mornings at 8:00 am in the Marcy Center.
This group provides job seekers with the resources to find a needed job
or change careers. For other meetings as well as other 40 Plus
activities, please visit the 40 Plus of Southeastern Wisconsin website
Its Time/Faith in Recovery
- Its Time is an ongoing parish session about mental illness awareness.
Faith in Recovery is a support group for those struggling with
depression and/or other mental illnesses, as well as for their families.
This group meets regularly in area parishes. For more information,
please contact Mary Lestina.
Alzheimer's Association Carefinder
- Find out
information about the Southeastern Wisconsin Alzheimer's Association at
. A great website for assistance in finding
care for those suffering from Alzheimer's and Dementia can be found through
the Natiohttp://www.alz.org/sewi/nal Alzheimers Association at
Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee
- www.ccmke.org. Catholic Charities and caring go hand in hand. As a human
service agency dedicated to meeting specific needs of the family of God, we
help the archdiocese lovingly respond to the Gospel imperative to feed the
hungry, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger and visit the sick. Their
services are directed to children, teens, adults, older adults, couples,
parishes and the broader community. Services include such ministries as
adult day care, ministry on aging, adoption, child welfare services,
counseling, legal services to immigrants, parenting support programs,
refugee resettlement, the Companion Families program, among others. Services
are open to people in need in the 10-county Milwaukee archdiocese without
regard to religious, ethnic, racial or economic background.
Elmbrook Senior Taxi -
Senior taxi that services the city and town of Brookfield, Butler, Elm
Grove, Mayfair Mall and St. Joseph Outpatient Center on N. Mayfair Road.
Operates Monday through Friday from 9-4:30 pm and on Saturdays from
9:00 am -12:30 pm. To make reservations and for information on costs, please call Elmbrook Senior Taxi at 262.785.1200.
Hebron House -
www.hebronhouse.org. Hebron House
provides emergency housing and related services to people in transition with
the basic needs of shelter, food and personal support.
Hope Center is a non-profit
organization that has been providing hope to those in need in Waukesha
County for more than twenty years. Hope Center is continually working to
provide new and better solutions to handle the growing needs of the
Interfaith Senior Programs -
www.interfaithwaukesha.org. St. Dominic is an active member of
Interfaith Senior Programs, which seeks to help senior citizens stay in
their own homes. They provide transportation, respite care, friendly visits
and assistance with snow removal and lawn care. They are a wonderful source
of volunteer assistance for elderly and disabled parishioners. You can
contact them at 262.549.3348.
NAMI -www.namiwaukesha.com. NAMI Waukesha is a
non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to provide help to those
affected with mental illness and their families and friends. Since 1979,
NAMI Waukesha has worked to improve the understanding of mental illness by
providing information and referrals, offering court support during
commitment proceedings, facilitating support groups throughout the
community, sponsoring educational meetings, and advocating on behalf of
those with mental illness.
Parents Place -
Place, located on the eastern side of Waukesha, provides supportive programs
for parents, support groups, parent education, and classes for children and
Waukesha County Department for Health and Human
http://www.waukeshacounty.gov The Department
of Health and Human Services is a County agency providing a wide range of
confidential services designed to enhance the physical and emotional
functioning of individuals and families in Waukesha County. The Department's
varied and diverse services share a philosophical commitment to the dignity
of the individual and a belief that individuals and families can with proper
assistance, positively respond to the challenges that life's problems and
crises present. Services are available to all County residents, regardless
of race, creed, color, handicap or economic situation.
Waukesha County Department of Senior Services
The Waukesha County Department of Senior Services provides opportunities and
supportive services to Waukesha County residents who are age 60 and above,
and to their caregivers. They are a terrific resource for anyone who is
helping an older adult. Click to download their
Senior Services Guidean
essential guide to helping older adults that contains information on
meals-on-wheels, care options, transportation, etc. Stop in at the Waukesha
County Administration Center, Room 130, 1320 Pewaukee Road in Waukesha, or
call us at 262.548.7848. Normal business hours are Monday thru Friday 8:00
am - 4:30 pm.
Waukesha County Food Pantry
- www.waukeshafoodpantry.com. The
Waukesha Food Pantry is a great resource for anyone who is struggling
financially, and in need of food.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
- There are two SVdP stores in Waukesha County: Sunset Drive in Waukesha, phone number 262.547.3281; and W369 N5848
Brown St. Oconomowoc, WI 53066, phone number 262.569.0761.
The Women's Center
www.twcwaukesha.org. The Women's
Center is an independent, non-profit human service agency founded in 1977.
Its mission is to provide safety and support to women and their families and
to facilitate their development. The Women's Center provides free and
comprehensive services designed to address the issues of domestic violence,
sexual assault and abuse.
Immigration Reform As we
hope many of you are already aware, the Archdiocese is a participant in the
Justice for Immigrants campaign which is a
coalition of many national Catholic groups including the United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Catholic bishops in the U.S. have
been calling for comprehensive immigration reform for a long time, at least
since their pastoral letter entitled "Welcoming the Stranger Among Us."
In 2003, they issued a joint pastoral letter with the bishops of Mexico
entitled "Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope," which set
out five principles that guide the Church's view on migration issues.
Persons have the right to find opportunities in their
Persons have the right to migrate to support themselves
and their families.
Sovereign nations have the right to control their
Refugees and asylum seekers should be afforded
The human dignity and human rights of undocumented
migrants should be respected.
The U.S. Senate is once again taking up the issue of
immigration reform. You are encouraged to contact Wisconsin Senators Feingold and Kohl in support of comprehensive immigration reform.
It is extremely important as we debate how to reform our immigration system
that we ask God for guidance, insight, knowledge, and courage. Our
hope and prayer is, as our former Archbishop Dolan has stated, that we may reform our
immigration system to better protect workers and families so that it
reflects the great ideals of our country and who we are, what we believe,
and how we act as we encounter Christ in our neighbor.
Archdiocese of Milwaukee's Office for Catholic
Social Action -
. The Catholic Social Action Office is part of
the Department for Community and Apostolic Services. This office strives to
build the capacity of the diocesan Church to act effectively in defense of
human dignity, human rights, and the pursuit of justice and pace. Staff
members interact with the community at large in efforts such as homeless
shelters, food pantries, meal programs, welfare reform, violence prevention,
healthcare and advocacy.
Archdiocese of Milwaukee's Office for World Mission
The Office for World Mission promotes the
Church's universal mission locally through global awareness, partnerships
and outreach. This office is responsible for providing and coordinating
opportunities for the people of our Archdiocese to deepen our missionary
spirit through participation in a variety of activities that include the
Pontifical Mission Societies; Partners in World Mission; Sagrada Familia
(Holy Family) Parish in the Dominican Republic; parish international
relationships; immersion experiences for adults and youth; education for
mission; advocacy for global justice; missionary support; and a resource
library and center.
Catholic Charities USA
www.catholiccharitiesusa.org. Catholic Charities USA is the membership
association of one of the nation's largest social service networks. Catholic
Charities agencies and institutions nationwide provide vital social services
to people in need, regardless of their religious, social, or economic
backgrounds. Catholic Charities USA supports and enhances the work of its
membership by providing networking opportunities, national advocacy and
media efforts, program development, training and technical assistance, and
Catholic Relief Services
www.crs.org. Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the
Catholic Bishops of the United States. Their mission is to assist the poor
and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to
alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster
charity and justice throughout the world. Working through local offices and
an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on five continents and in 98
countries. We aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where
needed, then encouraging people to help with their own development.
Together, these approaches foster secure, productive, just communities that
enable people to realize their potential. As the official international
relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also
committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their
moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the
poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.
Center of Concern
www.coc.org. The Center of
Concern, a social justice "think-tank" in Washington, D.C., grapples with
issues such as hunger, poverty, environmental decline and injustice in the
United States and around the world. They have many good social justice
education materials on a variety of social issues.
Greater Milwaukee Interfaith Council
- www.interfaithconference.org. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee participates
in the Greater Milwaukee Interfaith Council, an interfaith agency
established by the religious community in southeastern Wisconsin to address
social issues affecting the quality of life in the Greater Milwaukee area.
The Conference enables individuals, congregations, and the religious
leadership to participate as an interfaith presence in the dialogue and
action that impact on the dignity of every human person and the solidarity
of the human community.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- www.usccb.org. The USCCB
is an assembly of the Catholic Church hierarchy who work together to unify,
coordinate, promote, and carry on Catholic activities in the United States;
to organize and conduct religious, charitable, and social welfare work at
home and abroad; to aid in education; and to care for immigrants. The
bishops themselves constitute the membership of the Conference and are
served by a staff of over 350 lay people, priests, deacons, and religious.
Wisconsin Catholic Conference -
www.wisconsincatholic.org. The Wisconsin Catholic Conference was founded
in 1969 by the Catholic Bishops of Wisconsin, and is the social justice and
education arm of the Catholic Metropolitan (all of the dioceses) of
Wisconsin. The WCC seeks to fulfill the vision of the Second Vatican
Council, which called upon the Church to be more involved in the world.
Rooted in the teachings of the Gospel and the social teachings of the
Church, the WCC offers a specifically Catholic contribution to state and
federal public policy debates. The WCC advocates on matters related to the
interests and values of the Church, provides decision makers with studied
positions on social and moral issues, offers a form for diocesan personnel
to exchange information and recommend policies and actions, and formulates
and publishes opinions on legislation and public policy.