This regular feature will list some of the volunteer opportunities to serve our community at St. Maria Goretti, the Meadowood neighborhood and the greater Madison area. It will also highlight some of the great work that is being done by our parishioners and their organizations. Occasionally there will also be a short teaching or a word of encouragement from Pope Francis, our bishops or a saint that will help us to take our faith out into the world.
"Let us love, not with words but with deeds" - Pope Francis
Please use the monthly blue Outreach Envelope for cash donations toward any of our Outreach efforts, including St. Vincent de Paul. This gives better security for your donation and will provide you with a record of your donation for tax purposes. Thank you for your generous support for all the various Outreach ministries.
For more information about all the outreach oppoprtunities at SMG, contact Deacon Dick Martin: 608-268-2956, firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Multicultural Center (5256 Verona Rd.) is seeking volunteer catering van drivers. Culinary Creations Catering is a job training social enterprise of the Catholic Multicultural Center working with individuals facing barriers to employment. The enterprise delivers catering orders prepared by trainees to two area schools each weekday and to other locations around Madison throughout the week. Many of the program’s trainees do not have a valid driver’s license, so we need for a volunteer to drive the van to accompany a trainee in delivering and setting up catering orders!
Volunteers are asked to sign up for a weekly shift, one weekday either morning or afternoon. Volunteers will be asked to drive for any deliveries during their shift each week. Workload may vary; there may not always be a delivery during your scheduled shift. To learn more about this opportunity see: http://www.volunteeryourtime.org/need/detail/?need_id=322964 or contact Laura Green at Laura@cmcmadison.org or 608-441- 1180.
The St. Maria Goretti Care Team Ministry will help our fellow parishioners continue to live more independent and worry-free lives. If you are interested in being a part of this new way of helping others, please contact Dcn. Dick Martin at email@example.com or 268-2956. If you were unable to attend a training, please contact Deacon Dick.
Agrace Hospice Care is seeking local volunteers to brighten the lives of people with serious illnesses. New volunteer orientation sessions will be held Monday, April 2 from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon and Monday, April 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Agrace’s Madison campus. Before attending an orientation session prospective volunteers will complete an application and interview about their skills and interests. Call (608) 327-7163 with questions or to register for the orientation.
Snack Packs for the Meadowood Neighborhood Center
Thank you to all who have helped to assemble the snack packs. The kids at the Meadowood really appreciate them. We are now also making some packs to be distributed at the Catholic Multicultural Center. Our next time to get together and assemble the packs will be Sunday, April 8, at 2 p.m. All are welcome to join us.
Support Second Harvest Foodbank by volunteering to help out at BratFest on the Memorial Day weekend – May 25-28. Second Harvest collects food from many sources and then makes it available to local hunger relief charities such as St. Vincent de Paul and the Catholic Multicultural Center. If you would like to volunteer for a shift please sign up by Friday, April 6 by going to Available Volunteer Shifts Reserved for Second Harvest to find the shift you want and then email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 608-216-7214. You’ll want to share your email address and t-shirt size (Brat Fest will
provide a t-shirt).
The Urban League Schools of Hope are looking for volunteer tutors for middle school students. For more information and to volunteer see http://ulgm.org/volunteer/schools-of-hope-tutoring/
Care Net Pregnancy Center of Dane County provides compassionate, nonjudgmental sexual health services to women and men facing a pregnancy decision. They offer help, hope and healing through medical services, education, a residential program and ongoing support. Some unique services offered by Care Net are counseling and support for expectant fathers and a residential program through The Elizabeth House. The Elizabeth House is a residential maternity and parenting program that supports pregnant women. For six to 12 months, they provide a safe and secure environment for mothers to become emotionally healthy and self-sufficient, while building life skills that will enable them to secure employment and housing, manage money and foster sound decision making while learning effective parenting skills. For more information, to donate or to volunteer please see https://friends.carenetdane.org/
Priests for Life is a collection of organizations with the goal of mobilizing the Church to work for an end to abortion in the United States and throughout the world. For more information and to subscribe to their email list please see www.priestsforlife.org.
Let us continue to lift our prayers to preserve life. The U. S. Supreme Court has accepted the case, NIFLA v. Becerra, a case that defends pro-life pregnancy centers against unjust laws that try to force them to tell their clients where they can get abortions. Please pray that the justices will see the harm that such laws can do and that they will stand up to protect all human life from conception to natural death.
Thanks to Alissa Hirscher
Please thank our Alissa Hirsher who is stepping down as the Director of the Pregnancy Helpline after more than 8 years of service. Pregnancy Helpline provides pregnancy and post-pregnancy help 24 hours a day on their Helpline (222-0008). All programs and services are free of charge, including Baby Care Packages, Safe Sleep, free diapers from their Diaper Bank, and more. Under Alissa’s leadership the program has seen tremendous growth. In 2011, the Sharing Center had 419 clients and has grown to 3,170 clients in 2017. Last year the Helpline gave out 150,000 free diapers. Please honor Alissa by continuing to support the Pregnancy Helpline. Place diapers, baby care items, and new and gently used baby and pregnancy clothing in the pack-n-play in the Gathering Space. For more information and to volunteer see www.pregnancyhelpline.net.
Luke House Community Meal Program
On the second Thursday of every month SMG provides, prepares, serves and shares the free noon community meal at Luke House, 310 S. Ingersoll St. Those who come to rely on The Community Meal Program do so for many reasons – most of them having to do with some dimension of poverty. Volunteers provide and prepare the food and drop it off at the SMG school gym on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. On Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers set up and serve the food, and clean up afterwards. As we are inviting those who use the Community Meal program to share the bounty of our table the volunteers eat with our guests. If this sounds like something God is calling you to do, either providing the food or/and serving, please contact Barb Tereba: 608-277-0961.
Meadowood Neighborhood Center Senior Food Pantry is on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Meadowood Neighborhood Center. They are in need of volunteers to help cover the distribution of food on Thursdays. Please sign up to help at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0B4EAEA822AAF94-mncsenior
Contact Cynthia Walton-Jackon (MNC Food Pantry manager) email@example.com
SMG conference of St. Vincent de Paul
Our mission is to be the hands and feet of Jesus. No need is foreign, and we are called to seek out the needy around us. To meet the needs of our neighbors, we are involved in many activities.
While we do many collection drives (school supplies, food, blankets) one of the main activities of our conference is to do Home Visits with neighboring families, ensuring they have the basic necessities of a household.
Please contact Patty Bruni: 608-438-6895; firstname.lastname@example.org.
EWTN will present a 10-part series called "Our Faith in Action: Society of St. Vincent de Paul" beginning March 4. Read details here.
Social Concerns and Outreach - The purpose of the Social Justice and Outreach Commission is to create a plan that will bring forth God’s Kingdom by demonstrating a visible witness of Christ’s love for others by being Christ in the bigger community. The plan seeks to call parishioners to trust and serve God, to serve community by ministering to the poor and suffering, bringing hope and Christ to the world. We further strive to demonstrate and teach social justice issues, allowing parishioners to live their baptismal call to holiness.
To join this commission, contact the chairperson: Peter Worman, email@example.com
Volunteer Opportunities include:
- Blood Drive - SMG sponsors a blood drive twice a year.
Contact Bill Bremer: 273-1731
- Community Meal at Luke House. SMG volunteers prepare and serve meals to those in need.
- Contact: Barb Tereba: 608-277-0961
- Knights of Columbus - Catholic men's organization, KC supports the pope. Four principles: Charity, Unity, Fraternity, Patriotism. Activities include golf, Sunday breakfast four times a year, tootsie roll sale to benefit people with intellectual disabilities.
Contact: Mike Mach: 608-271-6553; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Military Service Committee - Our mission is to show our unwavering support for our military men and women through the generosity of our parishioners. We collect donations of cash and supplies along with cards and notes and send them to our men and women in harm's way.
Contact: Sharon Betlach: 345-8950; email@example.com
- ProLife - Our ministry connects SMG parishioners to pro-life acitivites in the parish, diocese and community. We support local pro-life efforts of other organizations.
Contact: Alissa Hirscher: 608-441-9575; firstname.lastname@example.org
- St. Vincent de Paul - The SMG chapter of St. Vincent de Paul provides person-to-person service to our neighbors in need. Activities include food drives, blanket drives, weekly food collection, home visits (provide vouchers to families for furniture and clothing), school supply drive, toy drive, occasional meals/visits at Port St. Vincent, provide items to Port St. Vincent and Seton House. Read more. Contact: Patty Bruni: 608-438-6895; email@example.com.