We welcome all parishioners and community members to join on of our outreach ministries. We offer many opportunities to serve our community at St. Maria Goretti and the greater Madison area.
While our usual ministries have changed during these times we are using the Outreach Funds to help our neighbors in need. Thank you to all who continue to donate to the Outreach Fund during this pandemic.
Update on Community Needs
Even though we are seeing improvements in the reach of the pandemic, there is still a great deal of need in our community. St. Vincent de Paul, the Multicultural Center and Luke House are still seeing an unprecedented demand for food. Similarly, Pregnancy Helpline is serving more families with diapers, formula, and baby care items.
But the greatest need is in the area of housing with assistance needed for rent and utilities. Nationwide 20% of all renters are behind in their rent and that jumps to 1 in 3 when you just look at Black renters. The Dane County Eviction Court calendar is already full for April and many landlords are also not renewing leases for those renters who are behind in their payments. In addition, some landlords are now requiring a payment of 4 months rent (1st month and last 2 months plus security deposit) to initially rent an apartment. Many renters are also behind in their utility payments. While there are programs to get on a payment plan for gas and electric such programs do not exist for water and sewer payments. Not to mention, if a renter with Section 8 rental assistance is behind on utility payments, they could permanently loose all their Section 8 assistance.
Support the Outreach Fund
For many the latest stimulus check is a God-send, but for others the money may not be needed. If you fit into the later group consider donating some or all of it to your favorite charities or to the Outreach Fund where it will used to support our neighbors in need through our community partners such as St. Vincent de Paul, the Catholic Multicultural Center, Luke House, the Meadowood Housing Initiative, and many others.
CMC Meals that Matter - Lasagna Takeout Meal Program
Order a pan of lasagna for your household to support the CMC. Your purchase will provide much needed hope for our sisters and brothers in need in the form of free meals, low-cost immigration legal services, food from the food pantry, personal hygiene items, and more.
Place a meal order by Wednesday and pick up on Friday from Noon to 2 p.m. at CMC Fitchburg, 5256 Verona Rd, Fitchburg. Please call us at 608-310-1727 if you need to make alternate pick up arrangements. Pans are served cold with heating instructions included. Order online at cmcmadison.org/meals-that-matter.
Support Outreach Ministries
For cash/check donations, please use the monthly blue Outreach Envelope. We appreciate your generous support for all the various outreach ministries. Thank you!
- Give Online (Outreach Fund)
Support Our Parish
In gratitude for God’s generosity, we dedicate a sacrificial portion of our gifts of time, talent, and treasure to serve Christ and His Church by supporting the needs of our parish.