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.
October is Respect Life Month
The US bishops have designated October as Respect Life month during which we are asked to proclaim that all human life is precious from conception to natural death. Therefore, during October, we would like to highlight our community partners whose primary ministry is to demonstrate Respect for Life.
CareNet believes that every person should have the support and resources they need to choose life. They provide the life-affirming resources that empower families to find the hope they need to flourish. These resources include medical services, practical support, education, a maternity home (Elizabeth House), and most recently, a mobile clinic that you may have seen in the parking lot of Good Shepherd Lutheran. For more information, see the CareNet website.
Women’s Care Center
Women’s Care Center of Madison provides free, confidential counseling, support and education for pregnant women. On average, they work with 13 women a day and 90% choose life. While they do not provide medical prenatal care, they do provide parenting classes and ongoing care and support of the expectant family. For more information, see the Women’s Care Center website.
As the name implies, Pregnancy Helpline (PH) started as a group of concerned individuals who wanted to provide support and the truth to expectant mothers, mainly over the phone. While this still a vital component of their ministry, the members of PH grew to understand that families needed to know that the support and help would be available after the child is born. To this end, PH distributed over 24,000 diapers in August along with providing formula, infant and toddler clothing, baby care packages for newborns, and the safe Sleep program. For more information, see the Pregnancy Helpline website.
Our Lady of Hope Clinic
Our Lady of Hope Clinic (OLHC) is a pro-life, pro-family direct personal physician access clinic for members. What this means is that members pay an affordable monthly fee that provides them with unprecedented access to their doctor through email, cell phone, and same day or next day appoints. There are no fee and no co-pays for office visits. See Our Lady of Hope Personal Physician Plan webpage for more details.
Our Lady of Hope Clinic also offers free healthcare to the uninsured. People without health insurance often do not receive basic health care that most of us take for granted. Without this basic care these individuals do not see a doctor until their medical issues are serious enough to require emergency room visits or hospitalizations. Through member fees and charitable donations OLHC is able to provide the uninsured, especially the working poor, access to basic health care that can prevent serious health problems.
As a Catholic pro-life, pro-family clinic, OLHC offers natural and affordable fertility solutions as well as help for other women’s health issues. In our society today it is difficult to find health care for fertility and women’s health issues that reflect our Catholic faith and values. Our Lady of Hope Clinic fills this gap. See OLHC Women’s Health webpage for more details.
As a pro-life, pro-family clinic, the staff of Our Lady of Hope Clinic love people by offering affordable access to personal healthcare solutions. As a non-profit clinic, people come before profits and every life matters in all that they do.
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.
JFF Essentials Pantry
Joining Forces for Families has moved from Russett Rd. to 5802 Raymond Rd where they have much more room. With more room they have opened an Essentials Pantry and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is working with JFF to keep the pantry stocked. SMG has been invited to help provide items needed for the pantry.
Most needed items:
- Adult and child body wash
- Adult and child shampoo
- Adult conditioner
- Anti-bacterial cleaners
- Baby wipes
- Disinfecting wipes
- Dish detergent
- Dish washer tabs
- Toilet paper
- Paper towels
- Men’s and women’s deodorant
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Plastic bottled small hand sanitizer
Donations can be place in the designated red bin in the church corridor.
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.