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. To help with the Outreach efforts of St. Maria Goretti Parish Dcn. Dick Martin has been added to the parish staff. He and his wife Suzanne have been parishioners for 16 years and have been in Madison for nearly 50 years. Dcn. Dick is retired from a long career in IT for state government and has served as the spiritual advisory to the SMG conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Dcn. Dick can be reached at email@example.com.
"Let us love, not with words but with deeds" - Pope Francis
Bell Ringers Needed!
Are you looking for an easy, fun and rewarding way to volunteer as a family this Christmas season? The Salvation Army of Dane County has an opportunity for you! By ring bells for only two hours you can raise over $90 to help house the homeless, feed the hungry, and provide mentoring and education to at-risk children. The Christmas Red Kettle campaign runs from November 10 through December 23 with many locations and shifts available. Please go to ringbells.org to sign up or call 250-2235 for more information.
Snack Packs for the Meadowood Neighborhood Center
All are invited to join us to assemble the packs on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 2 PM in the kitchen off the Parish Hall. Donations of money and items for the packs are always welcome. If you would like to help provide the food we can use donations of:
Creamy peanut butter
Individually package fruit snacks, cookies, Rice Krispy treats or granola bars
Single serving cups of applesauce or fruit NOT packed in syrup
Locking sandwich bags
Monetary donations to buy the bread, meat, cheese and Gogurt
Please place your donations in the small blue bin next to the SVdP red carts. If you have any questions please contact Dcn. Dick Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 271-7421.
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 finding out more about this new way of helping others we will being having a second information meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 7 PM in the Parish Hall. You do not have to attend an information meeting to be involved in this new ministry. Please contact Dcn. Dick Martin at email@example.com or 268-2956 if you are interested in this ministry or have any questions.
Human Trafficking Workshop
The Madison Area Sinsinawa Dominicans Against Human Trafficking are sponsoring
The Human Face of Trafficking
What Can We Do?
Saturday, January 13, 2018
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Goodman Community Center
Keynote speaker is Kimberly Ritter who has been dedicated to ending human trafficking since 2008, particularly in the hotel industry through her work as a meeting planner. She has received numerous awarded for her leadership and advocacy.
The cost is $15, which includes lunch. Registration forms are available at www.sinsinawa.org; space is limited. The deadline to register is January 5, 2018. If you have any questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Treasure Life – Chicago March for Life 2018
Amidst the gleam of Advent candles, hope springs up for a more compassionate world! Join thousands at the Chicago March for Life, Jan. 14, 2018, bus leaves Madison at 9 am and returns at 7 pm. Come with friends and reserve your bus seats by mailing a check for $25 each and your names, phones and emails to Wisconsin Right to Life – Dane County, PO Box 46454, Madison, WI 53744-6454 by January 7, 2018. Bring a bag lunch and we’ll supply drinks and dessert. Further details upon registration. Call 608-255-2020 for questions.
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 10:30-1:00 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 and Maggie Bernard: 608-274-6033.
Meadowood Neighborhood Center Senior Food Pantry is on Thursdays from 11am - 12:30pm 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
For questions, contact Cynthia Walton-Jackon (MNC Food Pantry Manager) email@example.com
Help the SMG St. Vincent de Paul Group
The SMG conference of St. Vincent de Paul does up to six home visits a week with our neighbors in need. The primary purpose of these visits is provide these families with vouchers for furniture such as beds, a sofa and a kitchen table and chairs which the families can pick up at St. Vincent de Paul’s Dig and Save store on Park St. Often these families do not have a means of getting this furniture to their apartment, and our conference pays to have the furniture delivered. Last year the conference spent over $1,900 for furniture deliveries and recently found out that the vendor is raising their fees by a third in 2018. The Queen of Peace SVdP conference has a volunteer with a pickup truck who does the deliveries for them. We are looking for such an angel for the SMG conference. You can work on your own schedule and do not have to load or unload the furniture, just drive it from Dig and Save to the apartment in our area. There are about 25 deliveries per year and if you can do even some of them it would be a great help. If you are interested or have further questions please contact Patty Bruni: 608-438-6895; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Terry Steiger, 271-3331
- Community Meal at Luke House. SMG volunteers prepare and serve meals to those in need.
- Contact: Barb Tereba: 608-277-0961 and Maggie Bernard: 608-274-6033
- 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: Tracey Pajewski: 608-334-6708; Gofishtlp@charter.net.
- 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; email@example.com
- 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; firstname.lastname@example.org.