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All Saints Sister Parish Relationship
In 2010, St. Monica’s and All Saints Parishes joined to support each other’s ministries and to share our faith.
All Saints Catholic Church, located near 26th and Capitol Drive, was formed in 1994 from the merger of nine north side Catholic parishes. It also has a chapel at the St. John de Nepomuc site at 3456 N. 38th Street. All Saints has approximately 600 families from all over greater Milwaukee. It has a reputation for vibrant liturgies and vital outreach ministries that serve its neighborhood.
All Saints operates The Commons, a shelter for women and children. General repairs continue at The Commons, and household items are often in demand.
A new program in 2013 at All Saints is Sister Lucy Kazigu’s ministry to teach tailoring skills to residents of the neighborhood.
All Saints Food Pantry
St. Monica’s has recently begun a permanent food collection for the All Saints Parish Food Pantry, located near 26th and Capitol Drive. All Saints is our sister parish.
Those Served: The All Saints Food Pantry has recently been serving 1000 families a month, and the need has grown with the struggling economy. The unemployed, disabled, families and seniors in the neighborhood all rely on the All Saints Pantry to supplement their meals.
Types of Items Needed: The pantry always needs non-perishable healthy food items, especially high protein foods. Examples include tuna, peanut butter, beans, fruits, and vegetables. Baby food is always welcome. The St. Monica bulletin will often give specific requests for a particular month. Please be generous!
Time and Place of Collection: Food is collected every week throughout the year in the baskets at the elevator and Santa Monica entrances.
Volunteers Needed: Drivers and helpers are needed to transport the food from St. Monica’s to All Saints.
Contact: Ted Rindfleisch, email@example.com
All Saints Meal Program
All Saints Parish serves 70 to 80 dinners a night three nights a week. St. Monica’s meal team prepares the food at their homes and serves the meal on the first Tuesday of every month.
Help Needed: Our assigned menu includes tacos, Spanish rice, fruit, dessert, cider and milk. Provide a portion of the meal (dropped off at a local residence) or help serve and share the meal. All are welcome, including families and teens working on service hours.
Time and Place: First Tuesday of each month. Items prepared are dropped off earlier in the day locally; the meal is served and shared at All Saints near 26th and Capitol from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m.
Christ Child Society
The Milwaukee Chapter of the Christ Child Society, Inc. is a non-profit Catholic organization of volunteers. The chapter embraces members of all faiths, dedicated to expressing their love of the Christ Child by service to all God’s children. Our interests focus primarily on nurturing the youth of the Greater Milwaukee Area through clothing the newborn, providing parental support, and providing tutorial and scholarship assistance.
We gather and disburse layettes (through some 20 agencies) to needy mothers and emergency care bags to children coming out of a crisis situation. We “follow the child” through our 2nd Saturday program, working directly with mothers and children. We provide tutorial assistance to Northwest Catholic and Blessed Savior South schools and staff the library at Blessed Savior South. We also raise scholarship monies for various needy students. These commitments, which enhance human dignity, reflect the goals and principles of Mary Virginia Merrick, founder of the National Christ Child Society, of which we are members.
The St. Monica’s Funeral Ministry provides comfort and hospitality in Donovan Hall to families as they remember and celebrate the life of their loved one. Approximately 6 to 8 times a year, we serve a meal (ordered in by the family) and provide beverages and desserts, usually serving from 50 to 80 people, though occasionally receptions are larger.
Volunteers Needed Now: We presently are in great need of kitchen helpers who are available on one-to-two day notice to help set up, serve a meal, and clean up. Any time available for serving is welcome.
Contact: Anita Fleisch, firstname.lastname@example.org to join the contact list.
The St. Monica’s Health Ministry helps keep our parishioners healthy through blood pressure, flu shot and toenail trimming/foot care clinics throughout the year. We also make some home visits.
Contact: Bernadette Hoeller, email@example.com.
Knights of Columbus
Knights of Columbus Council #4706 has 46 members. We are a charitable and fraternal group of adult Catholic men who are committed to our parish and the wider community. Among our activities are the “Tootsie Roll Drive,” which last year provided $8,000 to children with special needs.
Join our fellowship! In addition to our fundraising and fraternal activities (we meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Dominican High School), we enjoy helping with parish events – we are the famous grillers at the parish picnic. We also are available to provide moving and lifting help.
Contact: Financial Secretary Anthony J. Sevcik, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ladies of Charity
Ladies of Charity is an international association of women whose goal is to provide service to the poor in the spirit of our founder, St. Vincent De Paul. The special mission of the Milwaukee chapter is our Children’s Clothing Center, located at 1936 N. 4th Street, Milwaukee, at St. Francis Parish. The center is open most Thursdays during the school year from 9 a.m. to noon, and the second Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon.
Families in need, referred by their school social worker or principal, receive a free, modest wardrobe for each school-aged child. Generally this includes a winter jacket, hat, mittens, scarf, 5 pairs of new socks and underwear, 3 pairs of pants, 4 to 6 shirts, a sweater or sweatshirt, and when available, pajamas and school uniform items. Last year, we clothed approximately 950 children. Each family is allowed to come once a year, and we serve children ages 4 to 18.
- Collect Gently Used Clothes from friends or have a collection at work or school. Occasionally, we need pickups from collections or rummage sales.
- Wash and Repair Clothes – we will drop them off at your house.
- Work at the Store – weekly or monthly, one hour or three. You can help clients choose clothing or sort clothing brought in. Help is especially needed in early fall, but always welcome.
- Cash donations – we need money to purchase new socks and underwear.
Volunteers with the Martha Ministry lend a hand to members of the St. Monica’s community during time of need by providing meals to families experiencing illness or disability, death, or the joy of a new baby. They may also provide food for a funeral reception. You are generally called upon every three months or so, depending on parishioners’ needs. Simply share your email address with us, and then sign up online, and you will automatically receive notifications when a need arises – sign up for a date when you’re available to prepare and deliver a meal.This is a wonderful ministry for those who are looking for service they can largely complete from their homes. Please let us know if you or another parishioner needs this service.
Contact: Marian Topp, email@example.com, or the parish office between 8 and 4:30 weekdays at (414) 332-1576.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry began in September, 2011. Since then, over 50 shawls have been made by our parishioners and delivered to St. Mary’s Hospital, where they are given to patients. Chaplain Cindy from St. Mary’s tells us that these shawls are incredibly comforting to the recipients, including some of our parishioners.
Contact: Monica Cardenas at (414) 918-1105 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Respect Life Committee
Belief in the inherent dignity of the human person is the foundation of all Catholic social teaching and the focus of the Respect Life Committee’s work. The Committee focuses on prayer programs, education, counseling and fund raising for various pro-life organizations, including the Women’s Care Center and Pro-Life Wisconsin. There are opportunities for parishioners of all ages, from teens to retirees. The Respect Life Committee participates in Life Chain, 40 Days for Life, the Mother’s Day Rose Sale and Respect Life Awareness Month in January. Our Committee is a member of Catholics 4 Life, a consortium of parishes within the Milwaukee Archdiocese. The Committee meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Ministry Center.
Contact: Mary Maug, email@example.com
St. Monica’s is a sponsoring congregation for Shoreline Interfaith Older Adult Program. Make a difference in the life of an older adult in our area by joining the Shoreline Interfaith Drive Volunteer Team and providing a ride to a medical appointment or the grocery store. Volunteers also help with friendly visits and occasional small chores like changing light bulbs. Volunteers schedule their own availability, and can always say no – most volunteers donate 3 to 4 hours each month. Let us know also if you or a family member needs our services. Drivers are always greatly needed, and greatly appreciated.
Contact: Anne Bina, Director of Shoreline Interfaith, (414) 962-9950, firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Ben’s Meal Program
The St. Monica’s team for the St. Benedict the Moor meal program serves approximately 350 people a month at St. Ben’s at 1015 N. 9th Street in Milwaukee. We prepare our sloppy joe meal with buns, fruit jello, fresh vegetables and desserts on the 3rd Monday of each month. Food preparation is done in your home and dropped off locally; serving time is 5 to 6:30 p.m. Servers must be 10 years of age.
Contact: Nancy Kelley, email@example.com
St. Monica Society
For 50 years, the St. Monica Society has hosted one of the pre-eminent (and volunteer-run) Antique Show and Sale events in the Midwest. Top Midwestern antique dealers come to be a part of this very well-planned, well-organized and well-run show. It is so much more than a parish fundraiser, though it does provide funds for parish activities and educational financial aid. It is a true celebration of the gifts of time, talent and treasure that make our St. Monica Parish Community a wonderful place to belong.
St. Vincent de Paul Meal Program
The St. Monica’s team serves 100 to 150 people on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the meal program location near North Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. Our menu includes spaghetti, bread, salad, dessert, fruit and milk. Prepare food at your home to drop off locally or serve from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
The St. Vincent de Paul members at St. Monica’s have a unique focus on one-to-one personal services through home visitation, aid, information/referral services and problem solving. We use the donations from the poor boxes to help those in need.
Immediate Volunteer Need: We need 4-5 new members who can join our team and volunteer 1-2 hours per month providing services to those in need in our parish.