Our Mission

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SAM is a faith-based ministry to provide hope, healing and reconciliation to the people of God touched by addiction.

Our Saint Francis Borgia SAM group is modeled after the Office of Substance Addiction Ministry (SAM) established by the Diocese of Palm Beach in 1998 to assist its people touched by addiction.  “Nothing can destroy a family or relationship quicker than addiction…. Education about the disease is essential.” (www.samscripts.org)

SAM’s goal is to help individuals with addictions to re-connect through:
Education – Prevention – Referral – Prayer Support

SAM Events

On the second Thursday of the month, the SAM ministry will provide one of the following:

  • Prayer Support Group meeting / Information Night with a speaker
  • Prayer Support Group meeting / Faith Sharing
  • Hope and Healing Mass
  • Adoration Prayer Service

Prayer Support Group Meetings

At SFB parish, our SAM team serves as a bridge to God’s grace and healing by providing understanding, prayer support, information and referral to anyone seeking help.If you or someone you know has been touched by addiction, please join us as we pray for this cause. We will highly regard the sensitivities and confidentiality of all those attending this meeting.

A lending library will be available at these meetings (see Lending Library below)

NOTE: For communal prayer during the meeting, we will be using a guide book called “Sacred Reading: The 2018 Guide to Daily Prayer.” It is based on lectio divina which invites communion with God through Scripture reading, contemplation and journaling. This book can be purchased through Ave Maria Press.

Schedule of Events

Aug. 18-19, 2018

Overdose Awareness

Time: After all Masses
Location: Gathering Space (North Church)

Members of St. Francis Borgia’s Substance Addiction Ministry (SAM) will be available in the gathering space after all the Masses, Aug. 18-19, to answer any questions you may have regarding this ministry. There will be votive candles and prayer cards available to assist with your prayers for Overdose Awareness Day. Thank you for your support.

Friday, Aug. 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. This day aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of addiction. Every day, in the United States alone, nearly 150 people will die from drug overdoses. The U.S. accounts for approximately one-quarter of the estimated number of drug-related deaths worldwide, including overdose deaths, which continue to rise.

Mostly driven by opioids, overdose deaths in the United States more than tripled during the period from 1999-2015, growing from 16,849 to 52,404 annually.

Sept. 13, 2018

Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: SFB North Campus – at the firepit

Faith Sharing: The Healing Power of Praising God  – with Ben Wagner–Musician, Singer and Song Writer

“Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name” (Psalm 103:1). All are welcome to come and join Ben Wagner who will lead us in praise and worship music, supplications, fellowship and faith sharing as we experience the healing benefits all this has on our minds, bodies and souls.

We will meet out at the firepit (near the shrine on the east side of the grounds). Please bring a lawn chair and relax under the big blue sky. If it rains we will move indoors.

LET’S TOGETHER PRAISE GOD IN ALL THINGS. See the flyer.

Oct. 11, 2018

-Faith Sharing

Nov. 8, 2018

-Speaker event – Dr. Jim Giese

Dec. 13, 2018

-Speaker event – Br. MJ and his parents Michael and Anna Marie Groark

Lending Library


At each Prayer Support Group meeting, a lending library will be available with books, videos, literature, prayer booklets, prayer cards, pamphlets, etc., for those seeking more information on substance addiction or want to foster their spiritual growth.

In addition to other materials, the lending library will include these  books:

  • “Sacred Reading: The 2017 Guide to Daily Prayer” by Apostleship of Prayer, Douglas Leonard, Executive Director
  • “No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy” by Donald H. Calloway MIC*
  • “Praying for Those with Addictions: A Mission of Love, Mercy and Hope” by Anne Costa
  • “Addiction and Virtue: Beyond the Models of Disease and Choice” by Kent Dunningto*
  • “Loved as I Am: An Invitation to Conversion, Healing, and Freedom through Jesus” by Sr. Miriam James Heidland
  • “Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions” by Gerald G. May, M.D.
  • The Wounded Healer” by Henri J. M. Nouwen*
  • “Let the Oppressed Go Free: Breaking the Bonds of Addiction” by Cardinal Justin Rigali*
  • “Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps” By Richard Rohr*
  • “On the Threshold of Transformation: Daily Meditations for Men” by Richard Rohr
  • “The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts” by Paul Sofranko
  • “The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics” by Paul Sofranko

* Book suggested by Erik Vagenius (founder of SAM)

Prevention/Education

Organizations

Elevate Community Resource Center (Jackson, WI)
262-677-2216
Call for an “Opiate & Heroin Awareness Tool Kit: A Prevention Guide for Families”
elevateyou.org/resources/

IMPACT- United Way
Call 2-1-1 (free, confidential informational helpline – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
www.unitedway.org/our-impact/featured-programs/2-1-1

Ozaukee County Heroin Task Force
www.ozheroinhelp.org

Starting Point
www.startingpointwi.org

Teen Challenge
www.teenchallengeonline.com

Meetings

Al-Anon and Alateen in Wisconsin
Strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers
www.alanon-wi.org and www.alanon-wi.org/alateen.asp

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in Southern Wisconsin
Click on mtg.area75.org/meetings.html to see a map, then click on county 24 for a list of meetings in Ozaukee County.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) – Wisconsin Region
Website contains information about this program and a schedule of meetings in selected cities and zip codes.
-Click on wisconsinna.org.

Prayer Support and Spirituality

Prayer Support Line

Call 262-957-4081. (Please leave a brief confidential message and someone will get back to you.)

Website Links for Information and Spiritual Growth

Center for Action and Contemplation
– see Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations.

Catholic Exchange
– offers accessible articles and helpful tools for spiritual growth.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

For information on the sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) at St. Francis Borgia, including the regular schedule, see the Reconciliation (Confession) page. You can also check the website calendar or contact the parish office to confirm the date.

Referrals

See the Referrals / Resources for Help page for a listing of:

  • Patient and Outpatient Recovery Centers
  • Residential Treatment / Sober Houses
  • Catholic Providers
  • Catholic Spiritual Direction

Additional Information

For more information, contact the Stewardship Office at 262-377-1070, ext. 227 or send an e-mail.