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

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.