A sense of community is important to any parish. To enrich the lives of parishioners, we provide periodic social activities and opportunities for fellowship where individual members, families and extended families of parishioners can gather and interact.
The Bereavement Ministry provides compassion, care, and support to those grieving the loss of a loved one. The ministry periodically provides gathering sessions, providing a place for those grieving to share their thoughts, feelings and stories in a caring, nonjudgmental atmosphere.
Scouting programs provide opportunities for character development, citizenship, friendship, community service, outdoor skills and fun activities.
First Friday Hospitality
Everyone is invited for hospitality at the North Church after the 9 AM morning Mass on the first Friday of most months during the school year. Families of the eighth-grade students from St. Francis Borgia School prepare the treats and the young people look forward to hosting. This is a good opportunity to socialize and get to know fellow parishioners a bit better. Watch the bulletin, check the calendar or contact the parish office for the date of the next First Friday hospitality event.
Funeral Meals Ministry
Our mission is to assist grieving families by arranging the funeral dinners held in the church hall at our North Church. The time commitment varies according to the number of funerals in a given time period. Daytime availability is generally needed for the meal itself, although occasionally the funeral and the meal are held in the evening. A flexible schedule is needed as most requests are on short notice.
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is an International Catholic organization dedicated to the ideals of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. The local chapter includes both the Cedarburg and Grafton parishes and communities, and supports or sponsors several annual projects. Meetings are not mandatory and are held on the second Monday of each month. Members are asked to volunteer for at least one project yearly, or at least 5 hours annually. For more information, see the local Knights of Columbus website.
These groups give busy mothers an opportunity to pray with one another, share in fellowship, and build Catholic community. Meeting times and topics vary.
Natural Family Planning (NFP)
Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a natural, scientific, holistic approach to fertility care. The Archdiocese Office of Marriage and Family Life promotes Natural Family Planning as a highly effective, marriage enriching, spiritually enlightening, and moral means of understanding fertility. For more information, including registration for a free Natural Family Planning workshop, see the Natural Fertility Care page of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee website.
For more information about Natural Family Planning, see:
• The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops site (re: Catholic teaching about NFP) – Natural Family Planning page
• The Marquette University site for the Institute for Natural Family Planning at http://www.marquette.edu/nursing/NFP
• The Couple to Couple League website at www.ccli.org
Open Gym / Tot Time
Parents and guardians are invited to bring their young children (up to age five) for informal open gym times at the Education & Activity Center, 1425 Covered Bridge Road. We offer this one Friday per month, from October to March, and simply put out balls, hoops, etc. for the kids to play with. This is a great opportunity to meet other families from our parish and school community. Parents/guardians must supervise children at all times. For more information, contact the St. Francis Borgia School office at 262-377-2050 or send an email.