Groups & Ministries
Listed below are a few of the parishioner-led ministries and groups at St. Mary.
A.D.A.M (Addressing Domestic Abuse Ministry) is an advocacy group that addresses the nature of domestic violence through education, supportive connections, and prayer in collaboration with community resources. The goal of the ministry is to promote healthy relationships in the body of Christ, remaining faithful to the Catholic Church teachings and pastoral directives.
Following the example of Mary and Elizabeth, Elizabeth Ministry Chapters are parish-based efforts to support women and their families during the joys, challenges, and sorrows of the childbearing years. EM members organize the following programs at our parish: Baptismal Hospitality, Mother’s Day Recognition, Rosebud Prayer Program, Marian Memorial Gardening Angels, and the Christmas in July Project.
Human Concerns Commision
The Mission of the Human Concerns Commission of St. Mary, Mother of God Parish is to serve their parish family, and the larger community by embracing and practicing the seven principles of the Catholic Social teachings. This commission is supported by the parish with 3% (known as the Heart-to-Heart Fund) of all tithing by parish members and acts as a budgetary group who distributes the funds to support parish ministries, special programs, community partnerships and fund faith-based charities on behalf of our parish community. Learn more.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP)
Parishioners come together to grow in spirituality and extend Christ’s love to the less fortunate in our community. Vincentians use the “home visit” to assess financial needs as well as to listen and to pray with individuals needing assistance. Financial assistance includes help with rent, utilities, furniture, household items, food, gas and community resources. The conference can share a wealth of other local resources that families can take advantage of. The conference supports the Waukesha SVDP Council with additional programs including a jail ministry and the Getting Ahead Program, a personal growth and mentoring program to help our neighbors establish personal goals. St. Mary and St. Bernadette parishes of Milwaukee have partnered in the collection and distribution of used furniture. St. Mary has provided financial contributions and sheet sets to St. Bernadette SVDP as they primarily provide household items, furniture, and beds to needy families on the Northwest side of Milwaukee.
The conference sponsors several annual events including:
1. “The Giving Tree” event which includes Christmas gifts to St Vincent de Paul and Karin families, and Christmas toys to the Bruce Guadalupe School.
2. Truck Collection - Clothing and Household goods are collected for the Waukesha SVDP Store to support their outreach efforts.
3. Back to School Program (supported by the SVDP Council) – Providing backpacks with school supplies and a gift card for shoes to local families in Menomonee Falls.