Human Concerns Ministries

Human Concerns Ministries

“If you lavish your food on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted; then your light shall rise in the darkness, and your gloom shall become like midday.”   – Isaiah 58:11

Human Concerns Committee

The Human Concerns Committee coordinates the parish social ministries of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. This ministry is responsible for identifying an education about the charitable and social justice needs of the parish, the neighborhood and the world. This is accomplished by inviting others to fulfill their Baptismal call to serve others and to work for justice. The Committee coordinates and oversees the outreach efforts of the parishes many ministries that serve, support and empower those in need.

Date: 2 times per year
Time: TBD
Location: Conference Room– lower level of the church
Contact: Jayne Finn

The Human Concerns Committee oversees the following areas of Ministry 

Bereavement Ministry

The Bereavement Ministry volunteers primarily serve as parish representatives and resource people. They are secondary to family members and funeral directors. They are not involved in funeral planning or one-on-one support. They assist at funerals by working from a checklist with basic tasks such as unlocking doors, turning on lights and heat, acting as greeters, returning the facility to original order when finished. They support the designated funeral home wherever the need is. This ministry also offers follow up grief support, organized speakers and a grief support group. You are invited to extend your love and compassion in serving others.

Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of every month (Subject to change)
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Contact: Pam Westmont

Caring Connection Ministry

The mission of this ministry is for our faith community to offer care and support to families in need during times of unexpected life challenges. As an opportunity to practice our discipleship, volunteers offer their services through the following areas of ministry: preparing meals, offering companionship, performing light yard work tasks or providing transportation on a temporary basis.

Volunteer time is extremely flexible. One can serve with as much time as they have to offer whenever they are available. Volunteer requests will be communicated through email or phone call. No meeting attendance necessary to serve with this ministry.

Meetings: As needed
Time: Mornings
Location: Seton
Contact: Jayne Finn

Communion to the Homebound

This ministry brings the Eucharist to those unable to attend Mass. Eucharist is brought to individuals residing in their own homes, group homes, nursing homes, and hospitals.

Date: As needed
Time: As needed
Location: Seton or homes
Contact: Mary Copson

Parishioners: No healthcare background is required to be a Eucharistic Minister to the homebound. We are always in need of ministers.

El Salvador Solidarity Committee (Sister Parish)

Our El Salvador sister parish, Our Lady of Guadalupe in the village of Rutilio Grande, fosters our friendship with the people of Rutilio Grande as well as surrounding villages in El Salvador as we continue to build a long term relationship through our founded principles of faith. The bond of personal experience is further strengthened as we walk together in solidarity. Parishioners can get involved in fundraising, advocacy, communication, teen connections, children’s ministry, women’s empowerment, health initiative, and home gardens, as well as being a delegate in our bi-yearly trip to El Salvador.

Date: 1 times per month or less
Time: 7 PM
Location: Reflection Room
Contact: Jackie Konkol

Parishioners: Meetings are more frequent the year we send a delegation to El Salvador. We need Spanish speaking translators, prayers, letters of encouragement, crafts, Facebook communication, people to investigate and communicate social justice issues of El Salvador, and people who are willing to become an email or Facebook pen pal to a resident of Rutilio Grande.

Fair Trade Coffee Sales

Seton’s Fair Trade Coffee Sales are meant to develop an awareness of the mission of Fair Trade. Purchase of coffee from small farmers in third world countries helps them earn a better living. Coffee is ordered, paid for, and sold during Coffee & Donut Fellowship Sunday.

Date: Coffee & Donut Fellowship Sundays September to June
Time: 3rd Sunday of the month
Location: Sippel Hall
Contact: Sharon Anderson

Profits from sales are given to our sister parish in El Salvador.

Giving Tree

The Giving Treeinvites parishioners to pick a card and buy a gift (approximately $20) from a “wish” list to make Christmas merry for a person, adult or child, who might otherwise not receive a gift. Parishioners choose a card, buy & wrap the gift, and return the wrapped gift with tag to church during the 1st week of December.

Date: The Giving Tree is set up on the day of Thanksgiving
Time: Gifts are due around December 6th
Location: Giving Tree is found in the Gathering Space
Return Gifts: Table at bottom of stairs – lower level
Contact: Jen Radke or Kara Erchull

Grief Support

Hope Center Ministries

The Hope Center Ministries consists of two meal programs serving Waukesha’s Hope Center.

Hope Center Loaves & Fishes Meal Program

The Loaves & Fishes Meal Program involves planning, preparing, serving, and cleaning up a meal which is served to 75+ people at Waukesha’s Hope Center on two Sundays per year. These usually occur once in the summer and once in late fall. We are part of a consortium of 26 participating parishes throughout Waukesha County. We need about 10 volunteers – adults and young adults are encouraged to participate.

Date: 2 times per year on Sunday afternoon
Time: 12-4 pm plus time for preparing food (At home or in center)
Location: Hope Center, 502 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI
Contact: Bob Weidman

Hope Center Outreach Meal Program

The Hope Center Outreach Meal Program serves a meal to 80-90 people two evenings per year at the Hope Center in Waukesha. Our group arrives at the Hope Center by 5:00 p.m. and is finished by 7:00 p.m. SEAS volunteers are in charge of serving the food that is prepared by the staff at the Hope Center. We are responsible to bring 10 gallons of milk and dessert for 80-90 people. In addition to serving the meal, beverages and desserts, volunteers also clean up the dining room and help with the dishes and the garbage. We need a total of 6-8 volunteers each evening that we serve a meal at the Hope Center.

Date: 2 times per year
Time: 5-7 pm
Location: Hope Center, Waukesha
Contact: Debra Holubowitz

Interfaith Senior Services

Interfaith Older Adult Programs is a non-profit organization serving Adults age 50-years or older and their caregivers in the greater Milwaukee area and beyond. Their mission is “Linking Older Adults with a Caring Community.” Through a vast network of volunteers, a diverse array of services and opportunities are offered so that senior citizens can remain safe, active, and live independently within their neighborhood. Free assistance with transportation, shopping, errands, friendly visits and help with minor household chores are just a few of the services offered.

Date: Volunteers choose dates of service from needs requested
West Central Advisory Council meets 3rd Wednesday – every other month
Time: Volunteer choice
Location: Volunteer choice – WCAC meets at various neighborhood sponsoring congregations/organizations
Contact: Rita Sutton

Older adults and caregivers who feel they may benefit or need living assistance are encouraged to seek out information regarding the free services provided though Interfaith.

Compassionate and dedicated persons who can commit and devote some time in assisting the elderly are needed as volunteers for the numerous Outreach Programs. Volunteers, Fund Raising, and Sponsorship are vital aspects of this organization. Volunteers choose the area/s of service as well as the amount of time they can serve.

Notre Dame School Ministry

Notre Dame After School Snacks

The Notre Dame After School Snacksprogram serve the children at both Notre Dame campuses – from kindergarten through 8th grade. The After School Program begins when the school day ends and runs from 3-6 pm. During this time the children participate in athletics as well as academic support.

We provide a healthy snack to Notre Dame Middle School approximately 60-70 days within the school year (once per month a delivery is made). A pre-set schedule is determined based on the school calendar. These dates are shared with volunteers for sign-up through Sign-Up Genius (an email program that assists in monitoring dates/reminders and items set to be delivered). We serve approximately 210 students each day for 8-10 days each month during the 9 months of the school year. The snacks need to meet specific nutritional criteria (volunteers have a large list from which to choose). You are responsible to deliver the snacks to Seton. The snacks are then delivered to NDMS for you. If you prefer to make a monetary donation, shopping can be done for you. This is a tax deductible donation.

Date: 1 time per month
Time: Morning
Location: Parish Office (In lower level of church)
Contact: Donna Poehlmann

Notre Dame Middle School Spaghetti Dinner

The Notre Dame Middle School Spaghetti Dinner Committee sponsors, cooks, serves and cleans up after 300+ people following the school’s Parent-Teacher Conference in mid-September. This is a fundraiser event for the school. Families pay a nominal amount for the dinner. Most importantly, it is a way we let them know how special they are. Our parish’s young, and not so young, wonderful volunteers practice servant stewardship and just hang out and talk to our brothers and sisters in Christ of Hispanic heritage.

Date: Mid-September
Time: To be announced
Location: Notre Dame Middle School,  1420 W. Scott St., Milwaukee, 53204
Contact: Monica Olague-Marchan

Notre Dame School Scholarship

Outreach Grants

The Outreach Committee solicits charitable organizations anywhere in the world to apply for funding grants, to be utilized for a specific program or need. The funds are supported by the parish and distributed following a formal application and discernment process by the committee.

Date: 2 times/year – Spring (May) & Fall (November)
Time: 1+ hours
Location: Seton
Contact: Campion Jaques

We are always seeking charities needing financial assistance, either locally, nationally, or globally. Grant amounts vary from $500-$1500 each. In addition to a description of how the funds will be utilized, we also require a full financial disclosure. Each year we support between 10-15 different charitable organizations.

Parish Charities

Sandwich Ministry

The Sandwich Ministry strives to put together a healthy lunch consisting of ham and cheese sandwiches, chips, fruit, and cookies for the men of Guest House in Milwaukee. All food is purchased prior to making the meal. The Guest House is home to over 80 men that provides shelter, education, and services to help transform their lives with dignity and purpose.

Date: 3rd Monday of the month
Time: 8:30-9:00 AM
Location: Seton’s kitchen
Contact: Nicole Zautis

Social Justice Committee

The Social Justice Committee, guided by Catholic social teaching will inform, inspire and invite our faith community to prayerfully reflect and to act on issues of social justice for the common good. To accomplish this we study Catholic Social Teaching and undertake projects that connect the teachings to timely issues of the day.

Date: 2nd Tuesday of each month
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Seton Hall (lower level)
Contact: Marty Gibbons

Wanted: Anyone who believes that the kingdom of God is now, and His work on earth is done by his disciples through the Holy Spirit. (If you believe, think you might believe, want to believe, or just think this is an avenue to do well, join us.) We are stronger if we have diverse view points and talents. All ages welcome, including youth.

St. Vincent De Paul Meal Program

St. Elizabeth Ann provides dinner for the north site of St. Vincent de Paul, located on Martin Luther King Dr., north of North Ave. We begin serving dinner whenever there is a fifth Wednesday in a month. Most food is purchased and prepared by the committee chair. The day of the meal, food is delivered and final preparation takes place at St. Vincent de Paul.

Parishioners interested in volunteering at the meal should contact Cindy Schaus. Those interested in helping with this ministry are contacted early in the month of each meal. About ten volunteers are needed in all. Those helping with the meal either carpool from church or drive directly to the site. Upon arrival at the site, volunteers help with final meal preparation and then serve dinner to the attendees. Dinner is served from 5:50-6:15 pm with the St. Vincent de Paul staff washing the dishes and cleaning up. Volunteers depart by 6:30 pm. While serving dinner, our volunteers interact with guests, offering a welcoming environment. The number of guests varies widely. We have served as few as 100 guests and over 500.

In addition to those who serve the meal, parishioners are asked to bake cookies for dessert. A sign-up sheet is placed in the gathering space a couple of weeks prior to the meal and a recipe is provided. The recipe is available on St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s website. Cookies are delivered to the church and taken to St. Vincent de Paul by the volunteers. Many generous bakers provide delicious cookies that are greatly enjoyed by the guest at the meal program!

Date: 5th Wednesday in a month
Time: 4:30-6:30 PM
Location: St. Vincent de Paul –
Martin Luther King Dr., north of North Ave.
Contact: Cindy Schaus

Volunteers are contacted early in the month to find out if they are available. Volunteers can make the food, but are not pressured to serve. Older children accompanied by parents and teenagers are welcome to volunteer. It’s a great eye-opening experience for them!! No particular skills are needed, but it is necessary to stand for about an hour. Big smiles and friendly attitudes add much to the experience.

St. Vincent De Paul Society

The Saint Vincent De Paul Society is the oldest and most influential lay ministry of the Catholic Church. Our SVDP Society consists of members from both St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and Holy Apostles. We assist individuals and families in crises, who are residents of New Berlin, regardless of church affiliation. The assistance can include emergency rent, utilities, food, clothing, household goods, transportation, medical needs, and referral services. We work to get people “back on their feet.”

Date: Meet monthly, first Thursday of the month
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Holy Apostles Parish, New Berlin, WI
Contact: Mary Ann Hollenback

Our mission is to help the needy in countless ways, primarily through one on one contact of volunteers with children, families and the homeless. We accomplish this mission through parish and community based groups and through special projects throughout the year. We are in need of members who can assist full time or those who can contribute to one or more of our various projects throughout the year. We accept and are always thankful for financial contributions, which in turn allow us to maintain our helping others in need. Prayers always needed.

We Share

Food is collected the 1st weekend of every month. The last weekend of the month, the We Share committee places a flyer in the bulletin, asking parishioners to bring specifically requested food and/or toiletries to church the following weekend to fund various local food pantries. Cash is also accepted in the box in the vestibule. Every month different disciples load the truck of food donations at Seton and deliver and unload the truckload of non-perishable groceries to the food bank assigned. A yearly schedule is set by the pantries and an updated list of pantries, their needs, and the population served is obtained.

Date: 1st Monday of each month
Time: Late morning
Location: Sippel Hall (upper level)
Contact: Nicole & Dan Zautis

We Share Responsibilities:

  • Call Food Pantry/Church selected for that month and get an update list of “most needed or requested” items.
  • Write an announcement for Fr. Joe to read the weekend before the collection. This is to be e-mailed to Fr. Joe by Tuesday preceding the weekend. The collection date is always the first full weekend of every month. There are some exceptions, but it is important to have consistency.
  • Make a flyer for the bulletin that talks about that month’s recipient and provides a list of items needed. Put this in a word document and e-mail to Sue Switalski. This is due the Tuesday before the weekend of the announcement.
  • The weekend of the collection requires that all donations left in the gathering space be taken back to Sippel Hall.
  • Arrange for the delivery with the food pantry, bring items to them, drop off and give them Sue Switalski’s business card.
  • E-mail Sue Switalski with a recap of the comments from the agency where the delivery was made. These are put into the bulletin to thank our parish.

Volunteers needed: we appreciate volunteers with larger vehicles. Some deliveries can fill the back of a pick-up truck or fill a van. We also need people to load and unload groceries and coordinate with the pantry and make the delivery. Some flexibility in schedule is needed to coordinate with the pantry during their open hours.