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 supports a different local charity by collecting needed items for them. 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. General meetings are held 4 times a year. New members are always welcome, for more information contact Barbara Lauby, 414-427-6341,
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 by the Blood Center. Volunteers are needed to provide treats for the blood donors and to work in the canteen area and welcome table the day of the blood drive.
Lenten Rice Bowls
On Ash Wednesday, small cardboard containers are available for parishioners to take, and as they deny themselves during Lent, they put the money they save into these containers. The containers are 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.
Mother's Day Rose Sale
On Mother's Day roses are sold after all the masses to support Wisconsin Right to Life. A committee member will pick up the roses on Saturday and return the container on Monday. Money is turned in to St. Martin of Tours and a check sent the rose sale leadership for Wisconsin Right to Life.
Each Fall items are collected for a selected local charity. Suggested Items are listed in the bulletin and dropped off in the church hallway three weekends prior to November 11, the feast of St. Martin of Tours. Member(s) of the committee deliver the collection to the selected charity.
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. Current recipients include Franciscan Peacemakers, Milwaukee Center for Independence, Franklin's Indian School, Christ Child Society, and 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
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 or call for an appointment. Contact Barbee Sorensen, (414) 209-7674 or [email protected].
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 [email protected] 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.