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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 the elderly to a doctor's 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.

Kelly Malchine
Phone:  262-895-7207

Kristy Pavlovich
Phone:  262-492-6721

Jan Schmidt
Phone: 262-534-6782


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.


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.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact:
Kristy Pavlovich
Phone: 262-492-6721

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, in 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 on the first and third Tuesdays from September through early June in the Gathering Space.
Note:  As of March 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions we are not meeting in-person but working on prayer shawls remotely.

For more information or to join, please contact:
Nancy Jacobson   
Phone: 262-492-3807

Funeral Lunches

The St. Thomas Aquinas Funeral Lunch Committee is a group of volunteers who serve a meal for 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

Prayer chain

Do you or someone dear to your heart need prayers for strength, health issues, gratitude, etc?  The STA Prayer Chair is here for you!  You can email or phone in your requests.  For follow-up purposes please submit your name and contact information.  All prayer requests are confidential.

Do you enjoy praying for others?  Are you looking for a ministry that can help others from the comforts of your home?  Become part of the STA Pray Chain.  As a Pray-er for the Prayer Chain, you can be part of the phone chain or the email chain, but we ask that you pray for all those on the chain and then call 2-3 others to broaden the chain.

For more information, to request prayers or to join contact:
Marge Mahnke
Phone:  262-332-7516 (not a cell number - no texting)

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 those in need in 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.

The St. Thomas Food Pantry is open on the second and fourth Fridays of the month from 1:00 - 3:00 PM.  The pantry is located in the old church on the corner of Hwy. 20 and Thomas St.

For more information or to contribute to this ministry, contact:
Lynn Tamblyn
Phone: 262-534-9655  

STA 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. However, these procedures have recently changed due to COVID-19 and CDC guidelines.  The St. Thomas Love Inc. Meal Program will continue to provide individual take-out meals for Love Inc. to distribute to their clients.  There will be a Sign-Up Genius for each dinner.  Parish volunteers can signup to provide a requested dish for the meal.  We are asking that the food be prepared in a disposable serving dish and delivered to STA as requested.  The food will be portioned into individual take-out meals which will be delivered to Love Inc.

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

Marie Samson
Phone: 262-534-2265 Ext. 226

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:

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 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.

For 2020, St. Thomas will be offering you the opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for needy children in our area. These gifts are given to children of families suffering hardships due to a variety of situations. Two Giving Trees will be placed in the Gathering Space by Saturday, November 21st, with one tree for gift cards and one tree for toys. You are asked to give toys, games, or GIFT CARDS. St. Thomas Food Pantry requests gift cards to only Walmart in the amount of $25 because this will allow parents to shop for their children.

If you wish to give mittens, gloves, or winter hats, please mark what it is on the gift-tag along with the appropriate age level. (Please: NO CLOTHING) Ornaments will be labeled by age groups ranging from infants to 18 years old. They will also be identified for a boy or girl. Choose an ornament and return it with the wrapped present. Please attach the paper ornament on the front of the wrapped package. Bring your gift back to church and place it under the “Giving Tree."  The final day that gifts can be dropped off will be Sunday, December 13th BEFORE the 11:15 AM 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 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 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

Senior Fellowship Program

The Senior Fellowship Program is for seniors (60+) of our parish and community.  Seniors are invited to join us for activities such as exercising in the Uhen Center, playing cards/games, book club, or socialize.  Lunch will be served for seniors and their guests for a suggested donation of $3.50.  We ask those wishing to join us for lunch to RSVP the number of people attending by Monday morning before noon.

Due to current COVID regulations, the lunch program is currently on hold.

The Senior exercise program is continuing on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM in the Uehn Center.  This is a slow paced, work at your own ability level, relaxing exercise class providing stretching, yoga and chair exercises. A yoga mat or towel is suggested for floor exercises. This program is led by Linda Waldron.

NEW: Pickleball will be offered in the Uhen Center on Mondays and Thursdays from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM starting July 12. STA will supply the nets and balls, participants will need to supply their own paddle.  

The Senior Fellowship Program is open to all Seniors (60+) and their guests of our parish and community. You do not have to be a member of St. Thomas Parish to participate. Ask a friend or neighbor to join you!

We’re interested in your suggestions for the Senior Fellowship program and Senior activities you would like to see at St. Thomas.  Volunteers are also welcome. 

For more information or questions, please call Carol Ewald or Marie Samson at 262-534-2265 or email
Carol Ewald at
Marie Samson at

Helping Hearts


St. Thomas created a new ministry during the Covid-19 pandemic called Helping Hearts to assist parishioners and community members.  We provide assistance with:

  • grocery shopping
  • walking dogs
  • picking up prescriptions
  • collecting supplies for Senior Living
  • writing "Send a Smile" notes to Senior Living residents
  • calling parishioners to check-in 

If you are in need of assistance or would like to volunteer please contact the parish office or Kelly Malchine at 262-895-7207 or  Email.


Elizabeth Ministry & LIFE'S CONNECTION

Elizabeth Ministry is an international movement designed to support women and their families as they raise families.  

How does it work?
Volunteers become Elizabeth Ministers in the areas that they have experience. For example, a woman who has twins would visit and mentor a woman who is pregnant with twins. Continued support is given through the pregnancy and after the birth as needed. This support comes in the forms of visits, prayer, phone calls, cards, etc.  Areas of the Elizabeth Ministry include pregnancy, birth, miscarriage, stillbirth support, regretted abortion, infant or child death, adoption, and family crisis as examples. 

Other areas the ministry is involved in may include family mom group outings, meal outreach for parish members in crisis, welcoming baptism families, prayer support for families in need, outreach to celebrate baptism anniversaries to name a few.

The Need: 
In past generations, the presence, intimacy, and support needed during childbearing years were found within the structures of family, neighborhood, church, and community. In the past women were near family members and were home with neighbors who raised children together. Today, families work and some are not close to their family members. 

Many women feel isolated during their childbearing years, particularly in times of crisis.  Elizabeth Ministry will afford a great opportunity to touch women and their families and to offer them support, encouragement, and affirmation during this time. The Ministry will engage many women of the church in active ministry with other women that will provide outreach, service, and love in the name of the entire church. 

Elizabeth Ministry offers women an opportunity to minister to others and to be ministered to during times of crisis.

What are the benefits? 
Elizabeth Ministry supports a faith community’s commitment to the sanctity of life. It’s a way to reach young adults as they build their families. It also provides a focused dimension to bereavement ministry and marriage enrichment. It builds community and is especially successful in parishes with schools and young families. 

Life's Connection 
Life’s Connection (LC)  is a prolife medical pregnancy, educational, and resource center located in Mukwonago and Waukesha Wisconsin.  

Life’s Connection provides a unique “Hearts of Hope” Miscarriage Program. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee appointed LC as a sacred holding site for miscarried babies. They walk the journey with families going through miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss providing help with planning: memorial services, funeral, and burial vessels. It assists in grief support and counseling and provides a place to hold babies' remains until the time of burial onsite at each of its locations.  

LC works with area cemeteries and parishes to help families facing this loss. At St Thomas Aquinas Parish, LC works hand in hand with St Thomas Elizabeth Ministry through “Hearts of Hope” providing miscarriage delivery aides, burial vessels, services, and more.  

If anyone in the parish family is facing a loss, please feel free to contact Life’s Connection at 262-470-3119.  We will provide the support needed to foster hope, help, and healing during this difficult time. 

Life’s Connection is proud to be the new upcoming Elizabeth Ministry Chapter Headquarters in the coming months. We are excited to be able to support Elizabeth Ministry Chapters not only in the Archdiocese but throughout the world.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the "Hearts of Hope Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss Support Program.

Elizabeth Ministry is a perfect forum for meeting new people in the church and greeting newcomers with a true spirit of welcome. 

Please contact Mary Chic at 262-497-1376 or email if you are in need of assistance or if you are interested in volunteering.

community blood drive

St. Thomas Parish sponsors a monthly community blood drive to help all those in need.  The blood drives are held in the Gathering Space of the church. Please contact Pat at 262-895-6369 or Adrienne at 262-456-7342 to register.


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