Human Concerns Overview
The purpose of the St. Francis Borgia Human Concerns ministries is to discern the needs of persons in the parish and wider community, especially the poor, and identify resources to meet those needs enlisting the active cooperation of parishioners. The goal is to fulfill the justice dimensions of scripture and our church tradition, acknowledging that every Christian is called to service and to work for justice, including Respect Life efforts. The scope is twofold: to meet immediate needs and to work for changes in the structures of society that are oppressive. Those involved in the human concerns ministries work with parishioners, community groups and other parishes to help solve related problems. They keep parishioners aware of issues relating to justice, peace, hunger, the homeless, etc. on local, national and international levels so that appropriate Christian action on such issues can be determined.
Human Concerns Committee
This parish-wide committee encompasses representatives from all Human Concerns ministries and members of the parish at large. They coordinate volunteers and determine financial assistance of our parish in the broader community.
In a collaborative effort to help save lives, St. Francis Borgia and St. Joseph parishes periodically sponsor American Red Cross blood drives, held in the St. Francis Borgia church hall. Announcements are made in the bulletin and on the Volunteer/Share page of the website.
Cathedral Center Outreach
Our mission is to reach out to help single women and families who are residing in the emergency shelter at the Cathedral Center in downtown Milwaukee. We provide and serve evening snacks, visit with guests and prepare sandwiches for their lunches the next day. Volunteers may either donate items to be taken downtown or they may help with food set-up, serving, sandwich preparation and clean-up. Four to six volunteers are needed to travel to the site for each volunteer date. Read about the Cathedral Center at www.cathedral-center.org.
Habitat for Humanity – Ozaukee County
Adult volunteers (and teens accompanying a parent) construct homes from the ground up. The homes are sold to low-income families to help them get ahead. Construction skills not required – training provided on-site! Certified tradesmen needed to provide professional skills, as well.
House of Peace Christmas Brunch
Every December, our youth travel to Milwaukee to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to the inner city. A delicious meal is served and presents are given to all, thanks to the generosity of our parishioners. Volunteers are needed to help with the fundraiser in the fall, solicit and wrap gifts, provide food for the event, and serve at the event. Watch the Volunteer/Share page in fall each year for ways to help.
Inner City Ministry
The Inner City Ministry helps the poor and homeless in Milwaukee, especially through shelters such as Repairers of the Breach, House of Peace and MacCannon Brown Homeless Sanctuary. This includes an ongoing clothing and toiletries collection. For more information, see this volunteer opportunity: Donate clothing and toiletries for Milwaukee’s Inner City.
Inner City Ministry volunteers pick up and deliver the clothing and toiletries. Volunteers also pick up and deliver leftover bakery from area businesses.
Interfaith Caregivers is a faith-based non-profit organization, providing voluntary supportive services to seniors and to adults with disabilities. Volunteers provide transportation, shopping, visits and reassuring phone calls, help with paperwork and bills, light housework and yard work, and respite care. Scheduling is flexible. Read about Interfaith Caregivers in Ozaukee County at www.interfaithozaukee.org.
Knit and Crochet Ministry
People who knit or crochet at all ability levels are invited to join us to make items for those needing support and encouragement, including new mothers, people suffering from depression and those undergoing cancer treatment. The group also makes new baby hats and blankets for crisis pregnancies, and hats, mittens and scarves for the House of Peace. The group normally meets weekly on Tuesday afternoons in the parish hall, and once a month during the summer. Parishioners are invited to visit the parish office during business hours to obtain a prayer shawl for anyone who might need “a hug from God” – whether during a difficult or happy time in their life.
We tend to the spiritual needs of our parishioners who are elderly and homebound and distribute Communion to them. We keep contact with these parishioners; in a sense we become their advocate to the parish. The time commitment is one hour per week.
Respect Life Ministry
Our mission is to support the teachings of the Catholic Church on respect life issues through parish education, outreach, and prayer, and to support local organizations that respect the dignity of human life from conception to natural death, especially those organizations that provide crisis pregnancy support.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
The Cedarburg Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is part of a worldwide organization dedicated to helping people in need, regardless of religious affiliation. There are usually 10 to 15 families and three to five individuals needing help. The group offers temporary assistance based on referrals from pastors, social agencies, individuals and our Thrift Store in Port Washington. The aim is to help them become more self-sufficient with one-time or ongoing aid. Four big outreaches happen at Easter, Back-to-School, Thanksgiving and Christmas, plus a program for residents of Lasata around St. Patrick’s Day. During Bundle weekend, parishioners can donate clothing and other items at church. Meetings with new or returning clients are held on an as-needed basis throughout the year.
Substance Addiction Ministry (SAM)
SAM is a faith-based ministry to provide hope, healing and reconciliation to the people of God touched by addiction. For details, see the Substance Addiction Ministry (SAM) page.
Twinning refers to a relationship or partnership established between parishes locally or globally. This often benefits both parishes in some way – e.g., financially, spiritually, culturally, etc. St. Francis Borgia has two twinning (or “sister parish”) relationships.
Inner City Twinning
Since our parish is so generous and helpful of those less fortunate, we extended our twinning efforts in 2020 to include two parishes in the inner city of Milwaukee – St. Michael and St. Rose of Lima. These parishes have a long tradition of welcoming displaced people, refugees, immigrant families, and individuals from across the world. To learn more about our inner city “twins,” or to make a donation to either parish, please visit the St. Michael and St. Rose Catholic Parishes website.
Uganda Twinning Committee
The focus of the Uganda Twinning Committee is to build and maintain social, cultural and spiritual ties with St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and the surrounding community in Mukono, Uganda. This involves outreach to provide various types of assistance. For details, see the Uganda Twinning page.
For more information, contact the Stewardship Office at 262-377-1070, ext. 327 or send an e-mail.
For those in need of outreach services beyond the organizations and ministries listed above, see the archdiocesan website for Catholic Charities.