Throughout the year, the Human Concerns Committee provides a variety of services and support to people in need. Those who are active on this committee serve as God's helpers. Members can choose to participate in one or more of the sponsored activities. Each Fall, this committee works with St. Ben's in Milwaukee to collect items for the homeless. During Advent, gifts are collected through our Angel Giving Tree for needy organizations in the Milwaukee area. Twice a year, the Human Concerns Committee sponsors a blood drive. In Spring, a letter writing campaign to congressional leaders is held to advocate on behalf of hungry people everywhere. The Human Concerns Committee also works with Southwest Interfaith, which provides services for the elderly. General meetings are held 4 times a year. New members are always welcome, for more information contact Patrice Sisulak, 414-304-8272,
AIDS Walk Wisconsin
This charitable walk is held each year in the Fall. The Human Concerns Committee encourages walkers and financial sponsorship of walkers. Funds raised by this event help support the Aids Resource Center of Wisconsin Medical Center which provides quality medical, dental, and mental health care, as well as social services, for people living with HIV/AIDS throughout the state.
St. Martin of Tours, in cooperation with the Blood Center of Wisconsin, sponsors two blood drives at the church each year (February and August). Blood donors are solicited though pulpit announcements, posters, newspaper articles, and post cards sent in the U.S. mail. Volunteers are needed to provide treats for the blood donors and to work in the canteen area the day of the blood drive.
Bread for the World Offering of Letters
Bread for the World is a non-partisan, Christian citizens' movement in the United States whose mission is to end hunger worldwide. Once a year, parishioners at St. Martin of Tours parish are offered the opportunity to write and send letters to their elected senators and representatives in Washington, D. C. in support of legislation which aids the poor and hungry everywhere.
Christmas Angel Giving Tree
Each year during Advent, parishioners are invited to choose an angel or envelope from the Giving Tree. Each of these angels or envelopes lists an item needed by local organizations. It is requested that gifts be returned to the church in time for holiday distribution. Past recipients have included Franciscan Peacemakers, Milwaukee Center for Independence, S.E.T. Ministry, the Franklin Indian School, the Christ Child Society, Fr. Genes’ Help Center and the Aids Resource Center of Wisconsin.
Common Ground is a group of nonpartisan, proactive, everyday citizens in Southeastern Wisconsin, dedicated to identifying pressing social problems facing our community and to bringing about creative solutions. Contact Mike Karolewicz, (414) 529-5195
Lenten Rice Bowls
On Ash Wednesday, small cardboard containers are distributed to all students enrolled in St. Martin of Tours Parish School and Monday Evening Religious Education Classes. As these students deny themselves during Lent, they put the money that they save into these containers. The containers are then returned to the church at the end of Lent. Donated monies are used towards supporting hunger and poverty alleviation efforts locally, as well as in communities throughout the world.
St. Martin of Tours Food Pantry
The food pantry is available to any parish members, friends, or neighbors who need assistance with providing enough to eat for themselves and their families. The food pantry has regularly scheduled hours of operation. Donations of nonperishable food items are accepted at any time. Pantry hours - 10am-noon every Tuesday, 6-7pm second and fourth Thursday's of the month. The areas we service are 53215, 53129, 53130, 53132, 53150, and 53154.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Participants knit, crochet or sew prayer shawls for distribution to those in need of comfort. Prayers are said for the recipients during the process of making the shawls as well as after they have been received.
This ministry is open to parishioners and non-parishioners. In addition to the prayer shawls, some other items produced by this ministry are knit and crocheted hats for the preemies, special blankets for stillborn and miscarried babies and quilted baby blankets for the NICU at St Francis Hospital, specially sized shawls for veterans receiving dialysis treatments at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, helmet liners and pocket prayer shawls for the military and warm hats and scarves that are sent to the Southside Meal Program. We have a Facebook page and pictures of some of our work can be found there. https://www.facebook.com/blessedhandsprayershawlministry
If you knit, crochet or sew we'd love to have you join us. We also welcome monetary donations as well as donations of yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks etc. for our Ministry. Contact Char Goehring at (414) 423-1521 or Charlotte_goehring@yahoo.com for meeting dates and time.
Southside Meal Program
This program was organized by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. St. Martin of Tours Parish has four teams, each composed of a captain, a co-captain, and about 15 people. Each team is asked to work three times a year, on the second Sunday of the month. The Southside Meal Program provides and serves meals to about 200-350 people. The meal program site is located at 931 W. Madison St., Milwaukee.
Southwest Interfaith (Elder Outreach)
Interfaith Older Adult Programs, Inc. was incorporated in 1975. It has established many programs focusing on quality services, social opportunities, and valuable resources to enhance the welfare of older adults and the family caregivers who support them. The Human Concerns Committee has a representative who attends the Southwest Interfaith group meetings. On Grandparents Day each September, mums are sold, with proceeds supporting the work of Southwest Interfaith.
Why we should care: The Discussion of Migration
On November 11, 2018, Mark Peters, Fr. John Czyzynski and Fr. Bob Bossie of the Priests of the Sacred Heart shared their afternoon for our parishioners to learn about and discuss the current state of migration and the Catholic response to this serious issue. The world is experiencing the largest forced migration crisis in recorded history. As a world leader, the United States should welcome more refugees, not less. What can we as Catholics do to show our solidarity with those seeking safe shelter for themselves and their families? Here are some things we can do:
¨ We can vote for candidates who will support government action to welcome immigrants.
¨ We can speak out against the injustice to them through our collective communication to elected officials.
¨ We can actively and financially support organizations that are working to assist migrants in their journey to a better life.
¨ We can become informed of the facts around why people are fleeing their homelands.
¨ We can pray for an end to the violence and corruption in the countries causing the migration issue so people can live there without fear.