Share your spirit with new parishioners! We are initiating a Host Ministry for our new parish members. The purpose is to offer our new parishioners an opportunity to meet our faithful members to more easily be engaged in our parish community. Host ministers would make an initial welcoming contact, possibly meet at Mass and then follow up as needed. There will be a brief orientation for Hosts. This ministry would not require much time and be a wonderful opportunity to meet new members. We are in need of parishioners from all age ranges and life status. For more information, please contact Bob Schuelke, Director of New Member Engagement at 414-962-2443 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPRED (Special Religious Development)
Share your faith and friendship. Be part of our SPRED small faith group. SPRED, Special Religious Development, meets the spiritual needs of people with intellectual disabilities and learning difficulties. We are looking for warm, friendly, faith-filled people to join our SPRED group as catechists. No background is needed, and training is provided. Please contact our SPRED Parish Chairperson, Kathy Tolbert, at email@example.com.
Daytime Nursery Volunteer
In January, our four-parish Moms Ministry will be launching a new Moms Group taking place on weekday mornings twice a month. We are looking for a few loving volunteers to care for a small group of children while their moms have a needed break to talk and pray. Would you be able to give a few hours a month to cuddle sweet babies and play with adorable preschoolers? Please contact Sara Larson at 414-962-2443 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would consider helping out!
The Church calls forth people with special gifts and talents to serve the parish community. These include Ministers of the Word, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers/Ministers of Hospitality, Acolytes/Servers, Cantors and Choir Members. These ministers are asked to serve our community as scheduled, approximately 1-2 times/ month. A formation day is offered once a year as a way to help you deepen your commitment to your ministry and to keep you informed regarding your particular ministry. Contact Mary Robertson, Director of Music and Liturgy, at 414-271-6577 or email@example.com. Read more…
East Side Child & Youth Ministry
East Side Child & Youth Ministry (ESCYM) is the collaborative religious education program of four parishes on the east side of Milwaukee (Our Lady of Divine Providence, Saints Peter & Paul, Three Holy Women, and The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist). It was formed in 1986 to provide religious education to young people. We are looking for new catechists. Perhaps God is calling you to this rewarding ministry. Our K-5 program meets on Wednesday evenings, 6:15 – 7:30 pm. Our Grade 6-10 program meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. We begin in late September and go through mid-May. We follow the school calendar with time off at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Catechists will be provided materials and support for teaching. We also offer formation opportunities at various times during the year. Contact Ralph Stewart, Director of ESCYM, at 414-962-3776 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Service Corps
Youth Service Corps is a project of East Side Child and Youth Ministry dedicated to providing meaningful service and social opportunities for high school youth in the parish communities of Our Lady of Divine Providence, Saints Peter and Paul, Three Holy Women, and the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Each month we participate in a project in the Milwaukee area serving those frequently marginalized in our society – the hungry, the homeless, the elderly – as well as general projects that serve our parish communities. Following our service, we take some time to enjoy a social activity. For more information visit https://sites.google.com/site/ourysc/. Contact Katie Utschig at 414-771-9453 or email@example.com.
Good News Adventure
Come join us for a free, fun, faith-filled summer camp for kids of all ages! Good News Adventure is all about sharing the good news of God’s love with every child through games, songs, snacks, Bible stories, and a whole lot of fun! GNA takes place in mid-June each year for children from 3 years old to 4th grade. Older kids are invited to join in the fun as volunteers, and we also are in great need of adults to join the volunteer team to make this week possible for our kids. Contact Sara Larson, Saints Peter & Paul Child and Family Ministry Coordinator, at 414-962-2443 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pastoral Care Outreach
Ministry of Care
A Minister of Care has the opportunity to visit parishioners who are homebound or living in healthcare facilities and are unable to attend Mass due to complications with their health. This important ministry allows our parishioners to remain a vital part of our community. It is a humbling service and a significant way to share Christ’s healing presence. Contact Terri Balash, Director of Pastoral Care, at 414-469-6173 or email@example.com.
Advent and Lent Outreach
During sacred times of the Church year, we offer short-term outreach to parishioners. Holiday Plant Delivery is held on the second Saturday in December. We deliver beautiful poinsettia plants to our parishioners who are homebound or living in a health care facility. We always need extra volunteers for this event because we visit 200+ parishioners who are unable to leave their homes for health reasons. Ash Wednesday/Holy Week is another time we make a special visit to our parishioners who are homebound. On Ash Wednesday we bring blessed ashes, the Eucharist, and a Lenten bag lunch. On the Tuesday or Wednesday of Holy Week we revisit the same parishioners who are homebound. This simple act of charity means so much to our older adults, who need our friendship. Contact Terri Balash, Director of Pastoral Care, at 414-469-6173 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funeral Ministry of Hospitality
Funeral Ministers of Hospitality assist with funerals before, during, and after the liturgy. They offer support to the family and warmly welcome their guests. They distribute and collect worships aids, assist people to their seats, and answer any questions that occur. Most important, Funeral Ministers of Hospitality help to create a welcoming environment that encourages the congregation to become involved in the liturgy. This is a vital ministry, as all who enter our church doors should experience our warm hospitality. Contact Terri Balash, Director of Pastoral Care, at 414-469-6173 or email@example.com.
The Meal Ministry will offer support to families who are going through difficult times by making and delivering meals. It is a source of practical help, but also a concrete message that they are not alone and that our community cares about them. This is a new ministry that is evolving. Contact Terri Balash, Director of Pastoral Care, at 414-469-6173 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Faith Formation
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process that guides individuals who are interested in being full members of the Catholic Church. RCIA invites those who have never been baptized, those who may have been baptized in another Christian tradition, and those who were baptized Catholic but have not received the sacraments of first Holy Communion or Confirmation. Beginning each fall, this group seeks to learn about the Catholic faith, to be formed within the faith community and to live out that faith within the Church and within their lives. Contact Chad Griesel, Director of Adult Faith Formation, at 414-271-6180 or email@example.com.
FOCCUS is an internationally used inventory for couples preparing for marriage. It is not a test, but is rather a tool to help couples learn more about themselves and the manner in which they relate to their partner. FOCCUS and other similar inventories can be very useful for diagnosing areas of both strength and weakness in couple communication. Within our parishes, married couples serve as facilitators for this process that our engaged couples complete as part of their marriage preparation. Contact Chad Griesel, Director of Adult Faith Formation, at 414-271-6180 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reflecting on the Sunday Readings
On the first and third Mondays of each month, we invite individuals to share and reflect on the upcoming Sunday readings. In a small group setting, we break open God’s Word, allowing it to speak to our lives and to challenge us to grow in our understanding of who God is, who we are, and who God is calling us to be. If you are interested in facilitating a group, contact Chad Griesel, Director of Adult Faith Formation, at 414-271-6180 or email@example.com.
OremusMKE is an outreach ministry that seeks to literally open the doors of our churches to welcome people in. The life of our churches does not always coincide with the life of our neighborhoods. By opening our churches for prayer, adoration, music and reflection during a busy weekend night, we hope to bring people into our churches so that they can experience the power of God and the hospitality of our parish community. Pairs of people go out and invite our neighbors and passersby in to see our beautiful churches, light a candle, and spend some quiet time in prayer. All in our four-parish family are welcome to join these nights by coming to pray in the church, greeting/welcoming people at the door, going out to invite our neighbors in to the church, and/or assisting with planning. Contact Chad Griesel, Director of Adult Faith Formation, at 414-271-6180 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theology on Tap
Theology on Tap is a summer speaker series for young adults, married and single, in their 20s and 30s. Fourteen sites around the Archdiocese of Milwaukee host Theology on Tap for four weeks in July. Our family of parishes collaborates with the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and the Milwaukee Young Adult Ministry (MYAM) in hosting Theology on Tap on Monday evenings in July. If you are interested in joining other young adults on the planning team contact Chad Griesel, Director of Adult Faith Formation, at 414-271-6180 or email@example.com.
Milwaukee Young Adult Ministry (MYAM)
MYAM is for young adults in the Milwaukee area to connect and grow in faith by fostering Christian life through faith formation, service, and social events. MYAM typically holds its faith formation events on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist’s Weakland Center. If you are interested in joining other young adults on the planning team, contact Chad Griesel, Director of Adult Faith Formation, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-271-6180.
Parish Community Events
Annual Parish Festival
This is a fundraising family friendly event that includes raffles, games, homemade bakery items, silent auction, children’s activities and live entertainment. Volunteers are needed to plan, gather items, serve at booths and more. For further information contact the parish office at 414-264-0049.
Pancake Breakfast with St. Nicholas and Craft Fair
This event is new for 2017. Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 9:00 am-Noon. We are doing a makeover of our annual Cookie Sale. This year we are going to have a Pancake Breakfast with St. Nicholas and Craft Fair. We will have a kids raffle and kids games, and for the adults: craft tables, raffle games and our popular large Money raffle. There will be no cookies for sale, however anyone interested in renting a table with their own baked goods may do so. Tables will be $20.00 per space for crafts, rummage and baked goodies. So start making those Christmas crafts, come shop for great St. Nick’s gifts and enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast. For further information or if you are interested in helping, please contact Diane Bandurski at 254-1596.
Spring Flea Market
more information to come soon
Summer Parish Picnic
more information to come soon