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The commission is a group of members representing each parish Human Concerns Commission that work together to promote city-wide efforts.  The over all role of the individual parish Human Concerns Committees as well as the city wide Commission is to promote direct service, justice education, social action and advocacy efforts.  They also lend to support to the variety of committees that are listed in this section.  If you want to be involved in the "big picture" of community outreach to others, especially the poor, this is the group for you!

provides opportunities to educate and assist in better decision-making with regard to health and wellbeing.

in collaboration with the Blood Center of WI, the blood drive committee organizes a blood drives multiple times per year.

volunteers assist in visiting and taking the holy Eucharist to homebound parishioners. Instructions and training are provided. 

volunteers help to maintain and organize the pantry and/or deliver food to families in need of help.

this community outreach program serves hot meals to those in need at The Hope Center. Volunteers are needed to prepare food and deliver it to the site as well as volunteers to serve and set-up.

members of this ministry join in praying for the needs of the parish. Staff members will take turns writing letters each month, and members are asked to read the letters that are mailed at the beginning of each month and pray for the intentions mentioned in the letters. Time commitment can vary depending upon the member’s schedule. This ministry is open to any parishioners.

October 2019 Newsletter



promotes relationship with St. Mary's Sister Mission Parish, San Fernando de Guadalupe in
Chiapas, Mexico through education, prayer, and funding.

works to promote the Church’s teaching regarding the sacredness of life from conception to natural death. Respect Life members attend to the needs of the greater community by responding to women in crisis pregnancy situations. They participate in planning donation drives of baby items and funds to pregnancy help centers, Mothers’ Day rose sale, and the annual Life Chain in October amongs other events. 

members serve the poor and needy within the the areas of one of our four churches by providing monetary aid for rent, utility bills, transportation, furniture, etc. Volunteers visit people in their homes, in the hospital and nursing homes to assess and meet their needs. This group meets once a month for prayer and discussion to plan their response to the needs of others. Training provided.

group members knit or crochet comfort (prayer) shawls to be blessed and distributed to those who are ill in the parish, those who are celebrating (birthdays, graduations, weddings), and to babies who are baptized.

provide a range of services such as: inmate visits (video from jail lobby); Sunday Communion & prayer services; letter writing; Bible study; Project Angel Tree (support for children of inmates and their families); and both men's (Hope Upon Release) and women's (Joyful Souls Arising) aftercare programs that help ex-offenders become productive members of society as soon as possible, thus reducing the high rate of recidivism.

members repurpose donated items into sleeping bags and lap quilts for those in need in our area. Please bring your sewing machine or serger and sewing supplies. There are a few donated machines if your machine is not portable. Donations of quilts, polar fleece, gently used sleeping bags and comforters are most welcome! Anything that can’t be used will be passed on. A simple pot luck lunch is available.

St. John Neumann Sewing Ministry Website

help plan and carry out activities to bring awareness to and stop the human trafficking crisis in our communities.