“We see the parish dimensions of social ministry not as an added burden, but as a part of what keeps a parish alive and makes it truly Catholic. Effective social ministry helps the parish not only do more, but be more—more of a reflection of the gospel, more of a worshipping and evangelizing people, more of a faithful community. It is an essential part of parish life.” - Communities of Salt and Light, Page 1
Based on the demands of Sacred Scripture, responding to our Baptismal commitment, the Social Justice Ministries are called to guide Three Holy Women Parish to kinship with the human family through the pursuit of peace and justice.
Sue Winkler, Coordinator
Bob Schuelke, Director of Social Justice Ministries
Brenda Buchanan, RN, Parish Nurse
In May of 2005 the parish converted the lower level of St. Hedwig Church to create a space for homeless and poor to rest, obtain simple food, clothing and referrals as needed, and to be engaged into our parish community. The goal is to welcome our neighbors in need into our parish community, meet needs, and create a vehicle to build relationships with our parishioners to build solidarity. Programs will be developed to give guests an opportunity to give back and engage in our parish community to foster dignity. It is open from 9:30 am to 10:30 am on Friday mornings after the 9:00 am Mass.
Joyce Talsky, Coordinator
St. Vincent de Paul Society provides its members with opportunities to
participate in multiple volunteer services directed to the poor, with a unique
focus on one- to- one personal services through home visitation, aid, info/
referral services, support, and problem-solving. Members are active in
philanthropic and leadership activities. SVDP is dedicated to the support
of, and involvement in community service. The Conference meets on the
second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 6:30 pm at the Parish Office.
Shawn Alexander, Coordinator
Global Solidarity Ministry provides the opportunity to grow in faith through relationships with communities internationally.
This Global Solidarity Ministry fosters the relationship with the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Parish in Padibe, Uganda and to create education and formation opportunities that examine and respond to root causes of injustices that affect those with whom we are in partnership. Meets monthly for planning, training and formation.
Betty Moran: Coordinator
Shelter Ministry explores the shelter needs in our community and discerns activity that would address these needs. Educates and provides opportunities for parishioners to raise awareness of these needs. It also examines and responds to root causes of injustices that affect those who have shelter needs. Meets quarterly.
The Habitat for Humanity Ministry coordinates the parish’s relationship with Habitat for Humanity in collaboration with the Riverbank Catholic Connection. Ministers are needed to plan and coordinate fundraising and help build homes. Volunteers build the Habitat home on two Saturdays per month (generally the 2nd and 3rd from 9am to 3pm). Volunteers are also needed to make lunches. Meets 2-3 times a year for planning and coordinating and once a year for formation of ministers building a home.
Based on the demands of Sacred Scripture, responding to our Baptismal commitment, the Human Concerns Commission is called to guide Three Holy Women Parish to kinship with the human family through the pursuit of peace and justice.
In service of our mission statement, the Culture of Life Ministry, as a vital component of the Human Concerns Commission will:
Brenda Buchanan, RN is our part-time Parish Nurse. She is sponsored by Columbia/
St. Mary’s Hospital and Milwaukee Catholic Home. Flu shots have been distributed
and blood pressure screening is in place during the hospitality weekend at each church.
Brenda works closely with our homeless and marginalized guests at the Hospitality
Based upon the call of Sacred Scripture, responding to our Baptismal
commitment, the Healthcare Ministry fosters spiritual, emotional and physical
health by encouraging wholeness and harmony with self, others, the environment
In service of our mission statement, the Healthcare Ministry, as a vital component
of the Human Concerns Commission will:
“I was … in prison and you came to visit me.” (Matthew 25:34-40)
Prison Ministry involves going to visit those in jail or prison, letter writing, help correct
returned Bible Study material from inmates, tutoring, assisting with Eucharistic Servicesand Mass held in the prisons and more.
Training and placement of parishioners wishing to do this ministry is available. A
discernment process is also available for those who want to examine this ministry and
reflect on whether they feel called to carry out this ministry.
“Immediately after my first visit, I experienced the privilege of living out Jesus’
message that ‘when I was in prison, you came to visit me’. Visiting the prison
is a very humbling experience. I learned that there is really no difference
between me and the brother-in-Christ that I visited. Every one of us is a
beloved child of God.”
Four parishioners are participating in this ministry
Environmental Justice Ministry addresses how to protect God’s creation and the
environment that sustains the human family and all the earth. We show our respect for
our Creator by our care for his creation. This ministry explores education opportunities,
advocacy-action, networking and partnering with existing programs. Our work is rooted
in Scripture realizing the poor and the marginalized are typically most effected by
environmental justice issues. Meets monthly.
The Hunger Ministry provides direct support to several food pantries and programs through food donations, coordinating programs and staffing food distribution sites. This ministry also educates parishioners about and responds to root causes of hunger.
Ministry coordinates the parish’s participation in the Greater Milwaukee CROP Walk, which raises funds for local and international hunger relief. Ministers are needed to plan, coordinate and evaluate the walk, hunger Mass and meal and fundraising. Parishioners participate in the Walk and donate money for hunger relief. A Hunger Mass and fellowship is provided to raise awareness of hunger issues. Youth and children are encouraged to participate when accompanied by an adult. Meets 2-3 times a year for planning and 1 time a year for the walk.
This ministry prepares and distributes Thanksgiving food baskets to homebound and needy residents of our community. Ministers are needed to plan, coordinate, and evaluate the annual Thanksgiving Ministry. Ministers are also needed to contribute food and monetary donations and to prepare and deliver baskets to recipients. Youth and children are encouraged to participate when accompanied by an adult. Meets 2-3 times a year for planning and 1 time a year for preparing and delivering the baskets.
All Saints Parish initiated a meal program Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights in order to help to meet the hunger needs of their parishioners and people who live in the neighborhood. They currently feed about 100 individuals each night. The Hunger ministry joined All Saints Parish in solidarity to create opportunities for our parishioners to engage in a relationship experiences with individuals and families of different social and racial backgrounds. This ministry prepares and serves meals at the All Saints Meal Program on the second and third Monday of each month.
In late summer we ask parishioners to share their garden harvest and bring their food to Mass and process at Offertory time to the altar to Share the Harvest. This food is then delivered to the Riverwest Food Pantry.
The Guest House provides emergency shelter for 86 men each night, providing education, training, case management and treatment, working toward eradicating homelessness. This ministry provides food and serves meals on the 4th Thursday of each month.