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Human Concerns
 

The St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish Human Concerns committee is responsible for determining the needs of individuals within the Parish and identifying resources to meet these needs, enlisting the active cooperation of each Parish member in this effort in collaboration with other parishes in the community. In addition, this committee makes parishioners aware of issues relating to justice and peace, so that appropriate Christian action on such issues can be determined.

This ministry is a very important part of our Parish, by working with the infirmed and homebound. Many volunteers are needed to help those that cannot help themselves. We need people that can provide transportation and accompany elderly to a doctors appointment, share company with those that are homebound, provide a home cooked meal once in a while for those that cannot, provide clothing and household items to needy families in emergencies and the “help needed” situations go on forever.

Why not consider volunteering some of your time to do what Jesus taught us to do? It is an extremely rewarding and spiritual experience.

Meetings are held as needed.

Jan Schmidt
Email
Phone: 262-534-6782

Health


The purpose of St. Thomas Aquinas' Health Ministry is to assist Parish members in caring for one another by helping to attain, maintain and/or regain complete wholeness of the body, mind, and spirit. While working  with other caring ministries, the goal is to increase awareness for and practice healthy lifestyle choices.  

This ministry is composed of nurses gathering together on the fourth weekend of each month to take blood pressures in the Gathering Space before and after all Masses.  Blood pressures are recorded, health information is available, individual counseling, support services, and community referrals are available when discussing individual concerns with a nurse.  Prayer shawls, bereavement journals, and other various supports are available at the blood pressure table.
 
If you would like to be a part of this practicing ministry, please contact Sue Pettit at 262-895-3205 or Carrie Nickel at 262-534-4234.

Bereavement


The St. Thomas Aquinas Bereavement Ministry was established to offer spiritual and emotional support to those in our community who are experiencing loss and grief after the death of a loved one. This ministry offers support by attending the wake and/or liturgical service, sending cards, making telephone calls, offering prayer, being present, offering information on grieving and support groups. In addition, this committee hosts an annual Mass of Remembrance each November.

Prayer Shawl


Our Prayer Shawl Ministry provides shawls, lap blankets and pocket prayer shawls for anyone who could use some special prayers and comfort. This includes everyone from infants to adults, who are going through some sort of physical, mental or emotional challenge. Available to parishioners and friends/family of parishioners,  each item is made prayerfully…prayers are said for those who will receive the item as the person works. These items are available for no cost, just off the Gathering Space. 

This ministry is open to anyone, male or female, who likes to crochet or knit. Bring your own supplies or let us get you some from the kind donations of material that we have received. Have you always wanted to know how to knit or crochet? Great! We have experienced people at each meeting who are more than ready to give you some instruction.  

Meetings are held at 1:00 pm in the afternoon on the first and third Tuesdays from September through early June in the Gathering Space.

For more information or to join, please contact:
Nancy Jacobson   
Email
Phone: 262-895-6231

Funeral Lunches


The St. Thomas Aquinas Funeral Lunch Committee is a group of volunteers who serve a meal to the mourners after a funeral as requested by the family. Usually, contact is made through the funeral home. The family is only required to pay for the food purchased, and if they wish to donate a stipend for the service, the money goes into the treasury of the Funeral Lunch Committee. When the Funeral Lunch Committee has extra funds, they donate them to the good of the Parish. 

Anyone who wishes to volunteer their help, whether for just one particular funeral or become a regular member, is welcome. We are always in need of volunteers for baking a dessert.

For more information or to join, please contact:  
Pat Koszuth 
Phone: 262-514-3788

Food Pantry


The St. Thomas Food Pantry seeks, in a spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are suffering. The organization is active throughout the year in helping those locally who are in need, but especially at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. We help the needy of the community with food from our pantry, financial assistance as much as possible, and assistance in locating other charitable organizations to fulfill needs. Membership in the society is open to all parishioners.

For more information or to contribute to this ministry, contact:
George Toshner 
Email
Phone: 262-534-3395   

Love Inc. Meal Program


The St. Thomas Aquinas Love Inc. Meal Program provides nutritious and tasty meals to anyone wanting a meal and fellowship.  Parish volunteers prepare food and serve guests on the third Tuesday of every month from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. The meal site is located at 408 S. Pine Street, Burlington, WI.

A sign-up book is available in the Church Gathering Space for anyone wishing to donate portions of a meal, help serve or simply visit with the guests.

For more information or to join, please contact:
Colleen McClory
Phone: 262-534-4438  

Marie Samson
Phone: 262-895-7687

St. Vincent de Paul Meal Program

 

The St. Thomas Aquinas St. Vincent de Paul Meal Program is scheduled to serve a meal every third Sunday of every third month (January, April, July and October) at the St. Vincent de Paul South Milwaukee meal site. In addition to needing six volunteers to help serve each meal, we are required to provide approximately 25 gallons of milk. With four of those gallons being chocolate.

Volunteers gather in the parking lot between the Rectory and the School at 4:15 p.m., and leave the parking lot at 4:30 p.m. Carpooling in as few cars as possible because parking is limited. The group arrives at the site at 9th and Greenfield at approximately 5:10 p.m., depending on the weather and traffic. Once there, volunteers are assigned their duty and the meal is served at 5:30 p.m. After serving the meal, helping with clean up and traveling back, the group typically returns to the Parish shortly after 7:00 p.m.

For more information or to assist with this ministry, please contact:
Patrick McPhetridge 
Email

Giving Tree


St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish offers the opportunity for parishioners to purchase Christmas gifts for needy children in our area via The Giving Tree. These gifts are given to children of families suffering hardships due to many different conditions, and most of the gifts are distributed here in our Parish and the Waterford community. Extra gifts are given to children in the Inner City of Milwaukee.

The Giving Tree is placed in the Gathering Space just before Thanksgiving and is decorated with ornaments labeled by age groups, ranging from infant to 18 years old, and for a boy or a girl. We encourage parishioners to choose an ornament from The Giving Tree, shop for and wrap a gift for a child in need, and attach the paper ornament you selected to the front to the front of the wrapped package. Bring your gift back to church and place it under The Giving Tree. 

We ask that you only give toys, games or gift cards. We cannot accept clothing. The St. Thomas Food Pantry requests gift cards for children 11 and older. However, if you wish to give mittens, gloves or winter hats as gifts, please mark what it is on the gift tag, along with the appropriate age level.

For the 2018 Christmas season, The Giving Tree will be placed in the Gathering Space by Saturday, November 17. The final day that gifts can be dropped off will be Sunday, December 9 before the 10:00 a.m. Mass.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact:
Kathy Weinkauf
Phone: 262-534-6729

Christian Women


The St. Thomas Aquinas Christian Women’s Group is open to all women of the Parish: single, married, widowed, or divorced; whether or not they have children. Program topics of monthly meetings are spiritual, educational and occasionally social. The Christian Women sponsor events to raise money for the various needs of the parish. Regardless of age, all women are encouraged to join for the spiritual and social benefits.

Meetings take place as needed and are announced in the bulletin or on this website.

For more information or questions, please contact: 
LaVerne Lewis
Phone: 262-534-6208