Social Concerns & Outreach


 
News & Needs 

Prayer

Make us true servants to all those in need.
Filled with compassion in thought, word and deed;
loving our neighbor, whatever the cost,
feeding the hungry and finding the lost.
Lord, make us prophets to cry out the way,
telling the nations of mercy's new day.
Let us break barriers of hatred and scorn,
speaking of hope to all people forlorn.
Lord, make us healers of body and mind;
give us your power to bring sight to the blind;
love to the loveless and gladness for pain,
filling all hearts with the joy of your name.
—Text of Make Us True Servants by Susan G. Wente, © 1978, WLP


Ideas on how to engage in outreach during this unique time?

During a pandemic, which imposes mask-wearing and social distancing on all of us, are you searching for meaningful ways to engage in the work of Parish Outreach?

I am not sure about you, but I prefer a list of options so I am able to pick the one/s that is/are most doable for me. We are all in different places in our lives. Whether you are a working-from-home mom of school-age children or a grandparent not able to see your grandchildren, St. Mary would like to offer you a list of possible opportunities for this time of distancing.

Two disclaimers:
1) This list is by no means exhaustive.
2) This list is not meant to be intimidating or overwhelming; rather, it is intended to give you options. Pick something that interests you.

As always, feel free to reach out with your own ideas.

Educate Yourself

Take this time to educate yourself. While it’s difficult to express in-person solidarity with those who are poor or those being treated unjustly, now is the perfect time to educate yourself about the root causes of an issue you are interested in/passionate about. If you have an interest in contributing to the anti-racism movement, use this time to read books on racism written by people of color, or register for webinars.

If you’re interested in hunger or poverty, learn about issues in your community that are affecting the people who frequent the shelter or food pantry where you typically serve. Use this time to find out what is most helpful to people in your community so that you’re better prepared to be in solidarity when distancing guidelines have been reduced.

If you are passionate about Respect Life issues connect with Respect Life ministry and/or stop sex trafficking sub-committee. (Contact Pam if you are interested.)

Support Our Partners

Contribute to our partners who are making a difference. Although we won't’ have traditional collections this year, we are still actively supporting our ministry partners. We will maintain an updated list of needs for our food pantry and other partners on the “Serve 365-News and Needs” page of our website. We are happy to accept your donations and connect them to the places where they are needed the most. Simply call Pam Lownik's mobile to arrange a drop off time (We cannot accept donations in the Church during weekend Masses until further notice). We are routinely accepting donations Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at door 11 (lower parking lot off of Edgerton by the garage).

Sprinkle Kindness Like Confetti

Last, but certainly not least, do all the above with an attitude of kindness and decency. It’s the only way we’ll be able to build a bridge across our vast political and cultural chasm. Like the well-known song by Fr. Peter Scholtes says, “They’ll know we are Christians by our love” – not our hate.

Yes, indeed:
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples; if you love one another. John 13:35


St. Mary Ministry Partner Contact Information & Needs

Pathfinders
4200 North Holton Street, Suite 400
Milwaukee, WI. 53212

Lauren Domski
Volunteer and Community Engagement Coordinator 
Email: ldomski@parhfindersmke.org
(414) 988-6870
Mobile (651) 894-4353

Needs: 

  • 25 brown bag lunches per day
  • an additional 25 would be sent out with the street beat teams in the evening


Repairers of the Breach
1335 West Vliet
Milwaukee, WI 53205

Pastor James West 
Executive Director
Email: jameswest@repairers.org
(414) 302-0711

Needs:

  • hand sanitizer
  • any food in prepackaged individual servings (granola bars)

Nia Imani Family
1353 North 25th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53205

Belinda Pittman
Executive Director
Email: pbelinda30@yahoo.com
(414) 933-1633

Needs:

  • Gift cards to Walmart 
  • Gift cards to Walgreens
  • cleaning supplies

Women’s Support Centers of Milwaukee
2051 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Mary Lee Stephens
Executive Director
(414) 934-8888

Franciscan Peacemakers
3333 West Lisbon Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53208

Needs:

  • Layette items
  • Gift cards to Walmart
  • Diapers(sizes NB, 4, 5, 6 and pull-ups)

Steve Przedpelski
Executive Director
Email: sprzedpel@gmail.com
(414) 562-4780 


Educate Yourself Opportunity Details

Unlearning Race

All Meetings will take place via Zoom. Please register for any offering by contacting Pam Lownik. She will answer your questions and get your contact information for the meetings you would like to participate in. A Zoom link will be sent out after registration.

Pray for Racial Equity

Every 4th Monday at Noon. We will be utilizing the same prayer that is said at St. John’s Cathedral in solidarity with Milwaukee Black Catholics.


 In the pursuit of peace and justice,
we strive to be the compassion
of Christ
as we advocate for and minister to
those in need.

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 Thanks for your interest
and your witness.



 Contact Us

Pam Lownik
Director of Social Concerns & Outreach
(414) 425-2174, ext. 256
mobile - (414) 412-9514
Email: LownikP@stmaryhc.org