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May 1, 2018 – Tri-parish Human Concerns Committee Meeting Minutes

Tri-parish Human Concerns Committee Meeting Minutes
May 1, 2018 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Andre Hall, St. Charles
Minutes taken by Dee Baumeister, Submitted by Jacki Scholze

Human Concerns Members in Attendance: Jacki Scholze, Julie Koenen, MaryAnn Johnson, Joyce Clapp, Pat Curtis, Dee Baumeister, Mary Dawson

Guests: None

Those in attendance received a copy of the structure of the Tri-parish Human Concerns Committee detailing the purpose, members, key functions, sub-committees, duties of the chair, duties of the sub-committee leaders, and duties of the secretary. Tri-parish Human Concern Contact information was also distributed. These documents will be made available on each parish’s website.

Jacki Scholze opened the meeting with prayer and welcomed everyone. Explanation of task of Tri-parish Human Concerns and charge for regular meetings by pastoral council in order to strengthen communication and facilitate collaboration between sub-committees at all three parishes.

All in attendance reviewed the contact information providing corrections and additions.

Sub-committee reports given:
Mary Dawson: Pro-Life main mission is education. Brief description of activities including booths at festivals, rose sale, billboard. St. Vincent de Paul involvement and need for support including donations and volunteers. Prayer Network and Book Club also described.
Cheryl Theigs: Pastoral Care report submitted and read by Jacki Scholze. Communion ministry serves 113 persons weekly with 28 active volunteers, newsletter to elderly to be published soon, collaborating with Hearts of Hope to support families experiencing a miscarriage, National Day of Prayer May 3, possible luncheons for the elderly with presentations by health care professionals, anointing masses scheduled in May and June, grief materials continue to be sent.
MaryAnn Johnson: Prison Ministry described monthly visit including scripture reading, discussion, prayers, and communion. Mary Dawson suggested there may be religious books available from St. Vincent de Paul to support the prison ministry.

Large group discussion of how similar the three parish sub-committees are in support of pro-life agencies in Racine and Walworth Counties, meal provisions to Love, Inc. and/or Transitional Living Center. Short discussion comparing and contrasting Human Concerns collections and outreach allocations. St. Joseph’s utilizes some of their collections to pay for the main meat of the meal provided by volunteers to Love, Inc. All three parishes supported the meal for Family Life Night last November. Possibly this could be done again.

How to continue? Concerns heard that this meeting creates more meetings for those already meeting with more than one sub-committee. Sub-committees at each parish will continue to be active in their missions knowing they can reach out to those on the contact lists for support, resources, and sharing of ideas. As there were no new faces to Human Concerns the process of selecting a Tri-parish Human Concerns chair and secretary was tabled for now. Suggestions made and accepted by those in attendance to revise the meeting dates for the Tri-parish Human Concerns to the second Wednesday in September at St. Joseph and second Wednesday in February at St. Mary. These meetings would begin at 6:30 p.m.

All are asked to think about how to build and utilize an emergency contact list for crisis situations, like the flood, in order to get food and shelter to those in need.
Also, encourage someone to join in our meetings. Personally ask others to get involved.

Next Scheduled Meetings: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
6:30-7:30 p.m. St. Joseph, Lyons

Wednesday, February 13, 2018
6:30-7:30 p.m. St. Mary, Burlington

Closing prayer led by Jacki Scholze
Meeting adjourned

Our Parish Lenten Projects based on Corporal Works of Mercy

Week of Feb. 6 – 12:  Feed the Hungry – Participate in our “Souper” Bowl, Feb. 6-7 by donating nonperishable foods, or monetary donations, to feed the poor in our communities through our local pantries.  We will collect donations and food items throughout the week at the parish office.

Week of Feb. 13 – 19: Give Drink to the Thirsty – Millions of people around the world still lack access to clean drinking water.  In some communities, water is scarce. In others, it is contaminated.  Heifer International helps many families install treadle pumps, practice water conservation, and use organic fertilizers to protect drinking water to improve their health.  Our goal is to provide Clean Water to people in Uganda and other countries.  Help us raise at least $1,200.00 to support four (4) wells in these poor regions of the world. Please put your donation, checks made payable to St. Joseph, in an envelope marked “Give Drink to the Thirsty” in the collection basket beginning February 13 and throughout Lent.

Week of Feb. 20 – 26: Clothe the Naked – Donate new or nearly new clothing for infants, children, and adults, and we will see that they are distributed to the local shelters. Perhaps you know a facility that could use these clothes.  Share this with the parish office and we will see they are given to those in need.

Week of Feb. 27 – March 4: Shelter the Homeless – Monetary donations will be collected for the “Time Is Now” organization of Walworth County.  Your contribution will be used to help pay electric bills, heat and water bills, put food in cupboards, and provide valuable services to help these poor sustain a good standard of living for months to come.

Week of March 5 – 11: Visit the Imprisoned – We currently have a few individuals who visit the imprisoned at Ellsworth Women’s Correction Facility.  We have asked our group to let our parish know of these women’s needs or prayers, and we will offer our prayers for them and assist in any other way we can this week in our Lenten journey of Mercy.

Week of March 12 – 20: Visit the Sick / Bury the Dead – Do you know someone within the parish who would like a visit and/or holy communion?
Please share this with our parish office prior to this week so they can be added to our schedule.  Take a moment out of your busy week and share some time with an elderly neighbor, stop by a nursing home to see an old friend, visit a family member’s grave, place a memorial by a soldier’s grave, or spend the day with a depressed or lonely friend.

Week of March 21 – March 25: Holy Week – On Good Friday, March 25 at St. Joseph’s 7:00 pm Service, a collection will be taken for the missions in the Holy Land.  Please give generously to these people in this war torn region where Jesus once walked the sands.  May they come to know that Jesus is still among them.


St. Joseph’s Harvest Rummage Sale

rummage sale

Three day sale of good, gently used merchandise!

Friday, October 23, 4-8 pm
Saturday, October 24, 8 am – 2 pm
Sunday, October 25, 10:30 – Noon

Cash and carry only!

If you would like to contribute to our sale, please bring any usable item to St. Joseph’s Religious Education office through October 20th. Furniture, household items, books, movies, clothing (please no holes or stains) and more are welcome. Please do not bring electronics such as computers and televisions or items that do not work.
Proceeds to benefit Youth Mission Group and Human Concerns.

Human Concerns Lenten Project

Human Concerns Lenten Project will be as follows:  Please don’t feel you must donate each week. Pick the week you like the most. Donations will go to Love, Inc. except for Baby Shower Week, which will go to the Walworth County Pregnancy Helpline.

Week 2 – February 28/March 1- “Paper Products”

Toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, Kleenex, feminine hygiene

Week 3 – March 7/8 – “Grocery or Gas Gift Cards”

Cards or a monetary gift to purchase cards

Week 4 – March 14/15 – “Boxed Items”

Cereal, oatmeal, rice or potato side dishes, cake or dessert mixes

Week 5 – March 21/22 – “Baby Shower”

Diapers, baby food, bottles, formula, blankets, clothes, lotions, etc.

Week 6 – March 28/29 – “Hygiene Products”

Dental supplies, deodorant, shampoo, soap, OTC meds, ointments, etc.

Boxes are located in the side vestibule for your donations. Thank you in advance for your continued generosity.

Share Your Soles


For the next few weeks, the Human Concerns Committee will be accepting donations for school shoes and school supplies. Boxes will be at the entrances of church for cash donations, and a large box will be in the west entrance for school supplies which will all go to Love, Inc.

Envelopes for making donations are in the supply

Thank you for your generosity!

Volunteer Opportunities with St. Jude Hospice

A letter from the Volunteer Coordinator of St Jude Hospice

April 28, 2014


RE: Volunteers wanted for Saint Jude Hospice

Saint Jude Hospice has volunteer opportunities available! We are a Catholic hospice serving terminally ill patients in your community. Our mission is to provide Radical Loving Care to bring healing to those when their hope has changed from a cure to comfort. We do this by offering comprehensive hospice services including medical care, homemaker services, emotional and spiritual support, respite services, medication management, music therapy, bereavement care, and volunteer services. Saint Jude Hospice is an organization inspired by the words of Jesus Christ: “Love one another as I have loved you.” Strengthened by our values and led by our Servant Hearts, we deliver the highest quality of care and always adhere to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.

Saint Jude Hospice volunteers provide support, comfort and companionship for patients and families during a vulnerable and sacred time in their life. Volunteers are trained to listen to patients and support families in patients’ homes, assisted-living facilities or nursing homes.

Beyond patient care, there are integral roles in behind-the-scenes support of this agency that volunteers can fulfill. Each volunteer is provided with a job description relevant to their assigned position, fully trained and integrated as a team member of their office. Most hospice volunteers find it personally gratifying, stimulating, and emotionally meaningful to assist those in need. Volunteers generally work flexible hours based on their individual goals and interests.

We would love for you to share that we are looking for volunteers with your congregation: young, elderly, and all in between. You can post an announcement in your bulletin or hang one of our flyers on a bulletin board. Please share my contact information for anyone interested or call our office if you have any questions about Saint Jude Hospice and our services.


God bless you,


Sally Nimmow
Volunteer Coordinator

Marine Troop Sponsorship Drive

St. Joseph’s Parish is participating in the Marine Troop Sponsorship Drive to provide needed items to the troops in Afghanistan.

There is a box in the west entrance of church for the collection of items donated to the troops. A sample of items needed is listed below.
Powdered drink mixes
Gum, lifesavers, minds
nuts, seeds, trail mix
Power bars
Cheese dip, Tabasco Sauce
AA Batteries
Boot Socks
Paper, pen and pencils
Disposable Cameras
Nerf Footballs, hacky sacks
decks of cards, hand held games
Sun Block, Aloe-vera gel, lip balm
OTC pain relievers
Body powder
Heavy gloves
Baby wipes
shampoo, body wash, deodorant
lotions, shave creams, razors
dental care items.

Monetary donations are being accepted to help defray the cost of shipping

All donations must be received by June 1st so that the Marines will receive them by the 4th of July.

Blood Drive

Blood Center of Wisconsin’s Blood Drive will be held in the Parish Center April 10th, 2:30 pm – 6:30pm.  To register call Julie Koenen at 763-2390 or register on line at