“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
~ Matthew 25: 40
Although we were unable to publicly celebrate Mass over the past few months, our parish was still active in our community in some “behind the scenes” ministries. Here’s a look at some of the efforts that were undertaken during Safer At Home time:
On behalf of our St. Francis Borgia parish community, Fr. Patrick authorized monetary donations for food assistance and other related needs arising from the COVID situation to be shared with St. Michael and St. Rose of Lima parishes in Milwaukee, the Cedarburg Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Family Sharing of Ozaukee. These funds are from the proceeds of our annual Turkey Trot Run/Walk.
St. Michael and St. Rose of Lima parishes, located within Milwaukee’s inner city, have limited resources and have been greatly affected by the pandemic. Thanks to our generous parishioners, St. Francis Borgia was able to provide $5,000 (as noted above) to the struggling families of these parishes to meet their basic daily needs. Additionally due to the generosity of the Knights of Columbus, St. Francis Borgia has also been able to provide the necessary cleaning supplies and masks to allow these parishes to meet the initial requirements to allow public Masses to resume. Praise God!
There is still a longer term need at St. Michael and St. Rose parishes for face masks. Providing masks for them will greatly help in their return to the sacraments. For those who are able to assist or have questions about the project, please contact the Parish Office.
Members of our Inner City Ministry (ICM) continued taking donations from our drop-off site on the North Church campus to various shelters in Milwaukee. Thanks to all who have donated much needed toiletry/hygiene items, along with your gently-used apparel. These donations mean more now than ever.
The ICM also adapted to restrictions and revised their “bread run” program a bit, but still continued to deliver day old baked goods and bread from local grocery stores to shelters in the inner city. These items were much appreciated, especially by those who may never have used a food bank before.
“We must not fail to help our neighbors, because in them we serve Jesus.”
~ St. Rose of Lima