Serve in Our Parish

Serve in Our Parish

Advent and Lent Outreach

During sacred times of the Church year, we offer short-term outreach to parishioners.  Holiday Plant Delivery is held on the second Saturday in December.  We deliver beautiful poinsettia plants to our parishioners who are homebound or living in a health care facility. We always need extra volunteers for this event, because we visit 200+ parishioners who are unable to leave their homes for health reasons. Ash Wednesday/Holy Week is another time we make a special visit to our parishioners who are homebound. On Ash Wednesday we bring blessed ashes, the Eucharist, and a Lenten bag lunch.  On the Tuesday or Wednesday of Holy Week we revisit the same parishioners who are homebound.  This simple act of charity means so much to our older adults, who need our friendship.

Contact Terri Balash, Director of Pastoral Care, at 414-469-6173 or balasht@archmil.org.

 

Catholic East Elementary School

Do you love reading with young children or perhaps working math problems with a young scholar? If you said yes and have time during the day or early afternoon, your Catholic school would love to hear from you! We are exploring the possibility of connecting parishioners with school children in an effort to provide more one-on-one school support, but perhaps more importantly, fostering strong community between our parishes and school.

If you’d like to consider this opportunity, please contact Catholic East at 414-964-1770.

 

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is for K4-2nd graders during the 9:00 am Mass in late September-May. Adults who love God and love children are invited to become volunteer leaders for CLW, while middle schoolers can serve as lectors for our liturgy, and high schoolers volunteer as CLW assistants. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your love and faith with the young children of our parish and to grow in your own faith too!

If interested or for further information, please contact Anh Clausen, Family Ministry Coordinator, at clausena@archmil.org.

 

FOCCUS Ministry

FOCCUS is an internationally used inventory for couples preparing for marriage. It is not a test, but is rather a tool to help couples learn more about themselves and the manner in which they relate to their partner. FOCCUS and other similar inventories can be very useful for diagnosing areas of both strength and weakness in couple communication.  Within our parishes, married couples serve as facilitators for this process that our engaged couples complete as part of their marriage preparation. Training is provided.

If you are a married couple interested in working with an engaged couple in the FOCCUS process, Contact Chad Griesel, Director of Adult Faith Formation, at 414-271-6180 or grieselc@archmil.org.

 

Funeral Ministry of Hospitality

Funeral Ministers of Hospitality assist with funerals before, during, and after the liturgy. They offer support to the family and warmly welcome their guests. They distribute and collect worships aids, assist people to their seats, and answer any questions that occur.  Most important, Funeral Ministers of Hospitality help to create a welcoming environment that encourages the congregation to become involved in the liturgy. This is a vital ministry, as all who enter our church doors should experience our warm hospitality.

Contact Terri Balash, Director of Pastoral Care, at 414-469-6173 or balasht@archmil.org.

 

Good News Adventure

Come join us for a free, fun, faith-filled summer camp for kids of all ages! Good News Adventure is all about sharing the good news of God’s love with every child through games, songs, snacks, Bible stories, and a whole lot of fun! GNA takes place in mid-June each year for children from 3 years old to 4th grade. Older kids are invited to join in the fun as volunteers, and we also are in great need of adults to join the volunteer team to make this week possible for our kids. To register to volunteer, visit www.tinyurl.com/GoodNewsAdventure2017.

Contact Sara Larson, Director of Family Ministry, at 414-962-2443 or goodnewsmilwaukee@gmail.com.

 

Host Ministry

Share your spirit with new parishioners in the Host Ministry! The purpose is to offer our new parishioners an opportunity to meet our faithful members to more easily be engaged in our parish community. Host ministers will make an initial welcoming contact, possibly meet at Mass and then follow up as needed. There will be a brief orientation for Hosts. This ministry would not require much time and be a wonderful opportunity to meet new members. We are in need of parishioners from all age ranges and life status.

For more information, please contact Bob Schuelke, Director of New Member Engagement, at 414-962-2443 or bschuelke@archmil.org.

 

Liturgical Ministry

The Church calls forth people with special gifts and talents to serve the community at Mass.  These include Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers/Ministers of Hospitality, Acolytes/Servers, Cantors and Choir Members.  These ministers are asked to serve our community as scheduled, approximately 1-2 times/month.  Formation is offered as a way to help you deepen your commitment to your ministry and to keep you informed regarding your particular ministry. Read more about Liturgical Minsitry.

Contact Joseph Wittmann, MTS, Director of Music and Liturgy, at 414-271-6180 ex.109 or wittmanj@archmil.org.

 

Milwaukee Young Adult Ministry (MYAM)

MYAM is for young adults in the Milwaukee area to connect and grow in faith by fostering Christian life through faith formation, service, and social events. MYAM typically holds its faith formation events on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist’s Weakland Center. View the MYAM Pamphlet.

If you are interested in joining other young adults on the planning team, contact Chad Griesel, Director of Adult Faith Formation, at 414-271-6180 or grieselc@archmil.org.

 

Ministry of Care

A Minister of Care has the opportunity to visit parishioners who are homebound or living in healthcare facilities and are unable to attend Mass due to complications with their health.  This important ministry allows our parishioners to remain a vital part of our community.  It is a humbling service and a significant way to share Christ’s healing presence.

Contact Terri Balash, Director of Pastoral Care, at 414-469-6173 or balasht@archmil.org.

 

Nursery Volunteer

We are always looking for new volunteers to add to our childcare team for Moms Groups on weekday mornings twice a month and other parish events. Would you be able to give a few hours a month to cuddle sweet babies and play with adorable preschoolers?

Please contact Sara Larson, Director of Family Ministry, at 414-962-2443 or larsonsa@archmil.org if you would consider helping out!

 

OremusMKE

OremusMKE is an outreach ministry that seeks to literally open the doors of our churches to welcome people in.  The life of our churches does not always coincide with the life of our neighborhoods.  By opening our churches for prayer, adoration, music and reflection during a busy weekend night, we hope to bring people into our churches so that they can experience the power of God and the hospitality of our parish community. Pairs of people go out and invite our neighbors and passersby in to see our beautiful churches, light a candle, and spend some quiet time in prayer. All in our four-parish family are welcome to join these nights by coming to pray in the church. If you are interested in getting involved further, we are looking for volunteers to greet/welcome people at the door, to go out to invite our neighbors in to the church, and/or to assist with planning.

Contact Chad Griesel, Director of Adult Faith Formation, at 414-271-6180 or grieselc@archmil.org.

 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl group typically meets one Thursday each month from 4:30-6:00 pm in the Three Holy Women Parish Office (1716 N Humboldt Ave). When these prayer shawls are completed, they are blessed and given to our Director of Pastoral Care, Terri, to share with those who are in need of prayer and support from our community.  This ministry has a great spirit! These gifted individuals share their faith with the sick, lonely and heavy hearted, and remind them of God’s love.  Prayer shawl gift bags are always available to anyone in our parish.

If you or someone you know needs a prayer shawl, you have a question, or are interested in joining this group, please contact Terri Balash, Director of Pastoral Care, at 414-469-6173 or balasht@archmil.org.

 

RCIA Team

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process that guides individuals who are interested in being full members of the Catholic Church.  RCIA invites those who have never been baptized, those who may have been baptized in another Christian tradition, and those who were baptized Catholic but have not received the sacraments of first Holy Communion or Confirmation.  Beginning each fall, this group seeks to learn about the Catholic faith, to be formed within the faith community and to live out that faith within the Church and within their lives.

If you are interested in being a sponsor or part of the RCIA team, Contact Chad Griesel, Director of Adult Faith Formation, at 414-271-6180 or grieselc@archmil.org.

 

Reflecting on the Sunday Readings

On the first and third Mondays of each month, we invite individuals to share and reflect on the upcoming Sunday readings.  In a small group setting, we break open God’s Word, allowing it to speak to our lives and to challenge us to grow in our understanding of who God is, who we are, and who God is calling us to be.

If you are interested in facilitating a group, contact Chad Griesel, Director of Adult Faith Formation, at 414-271-6180 or grieselc@archmil.org.

 

Religious Education

Have you considered becoming a catechist for our religious education program? Perhaps God is calling you to this rewarding ministry. Religious education classes begin in late September and end in mid-May, meeting every Sunday from 10:15 am – 11:15 am. Our program serves children from PreK through 10th grade. Catechists will be provided materials and support for teaching.

Contact Ken Gardinier, Director of Religious Education, at 414-271-6180 or gardinierk@archmil.org.

 

St. Anne Society

The St. Anne Society provides opportunities for parishioners to assist Old St. Mary Parish and its programs by encouraging spiritual and corporal works. The Society’s main mission has always been to supply the needs of the Sacristy and Sanctuary through social activities and fundraisers over the years. Vestments, altar linens and altar breads have been purchased on a regular basis. Meetings are held the second Sunday of the months of September through May. Gathering together in the morning after Mass, members are led in prayer and blessing of their breakfast and then plan programs, social events and fundraisers. The Society is made up of women and men, not only of Old St. Mary Parish, but also of other parishes who wish to join. Click to learn more about the St. Anne Society.

Contact Holly Rausch, President, at 414-801-1400 or hollyjrausch@icloud.com.

 

Theology on Tap

Theology on Tap is a summer speaker series for young adults, married and single, in their 20s and 30s. Several sites around the Archdiocese of Milwaukee host Theology on Tap for three weeks in July. Our family of parishes collaborates with the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and the Milwaukee Young Adult Ministry (MYAM) in hosting Theology on Tap on Tuesday evenings in July.

If you are interested in joining other young adults on the planning team contact Chad Griesel, Director of Adult Faith Formation, at 414-271-6180 or grieselc@archmil.org.

 

Youth Service Corps

Youth Service Corps (YSC) is a project of East Side Child and Youth Ministry dedicated to providing meaningful service and social opportunities for high school youth in the parish communities of Saints Peter and Paul, Three Holy Women, Our Lady of Divine Providence, Old St. Mary, and the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Each month we participate in a project in the Milwaukee area serving those frequently marginalized in our society – the hungry, the homeless, the elderly – as well as general projects that serve our parish communities. Following our service, we take some time to enjoy a social activity. YSC is open to all high school youth in the parishes.  You can participate every month or just a few times a year, but we hope you will enjoy the experience enough that you will commit to regular service in our community. For more information visit https://sites.google.com/site/ourysc/. If you are an adult wishing to work with YSC please check out their Adult Volunteers page.

Contact Katie Utschig at 414-771-9453 or mkutschig@sbcglobal.net.