Human Concerns

Updated:  January 29, 2016

Human Concerns fulfills the justice dimensions of Scripture and our Church tradition acknowledging that every Christian is called to service and to work for social justice.  The Human Concerns committee discerns the needs of persons in the parish, the wider community, and globally, especially the poor and marginalized, to identify resources to meet those needs, to work in solidarity with those in need, and to change the structures of society that tear down human dignity.  They also collaborate with Christian Formation, Liturgy, Stewardship and other groups within the parish to provide justice education to members of the St. James community.  Human Concerns committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month during all committee meeting night and always welcomes new members.

Vision

Each member of St. James Parish is invested in the work of social justice.

Mission

Recognizing the God-given dignity of all, we respond to our baptismal commitment that calls us to act in compassionate solidarity with the poor and marginalized, to empower and to advocate for structural change, while at the same time, meeting immediate needs.

Contact:  Robert Schuelke    414-807-1675

 

Thank you St. James!

Thank you so much to the St. James Community for the outpouring of support for the Christmas Giving Tree project.  Your donations included over $7,000.00 in gift cards, cash and stamps, as well as an abundance of toys, clothing and gifts.  These were all greatly appreciated by the organizations that we sponsor: Sussex Outreach Services, Milwaukee Center for Independence, Hebron House, St. Vincent de Paul and Interfaith.  This generous outpouring helped many people enjoy a blessed holiday season.

 

 

The seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching.

 

Sub-committees:

Human Trafficking

Laudato Si

Respect Life

 

News:

From the USCCB:  CATHOLIC ACTION IS URGENTLY NEEDED

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

 

Projects:

Direct Service

Panera Bread

Pick up bread, bag and distribute after masses with the proceeds going to the SOS.

St Ben’s Meal Program

Prepare and deliver meals to St Ben’s

Community Banquet CCOS

Community meal sponsored by the CCOS congregations

Reverse collection for SOS food pantry

Food donations for the SOS food pantry

SOS Saturday morning volunteers

Assist at the food pantry

Tithing

Select worthy organizations for tithing and create bulletin announcements on tithes

Community Garden

Care and maintenance of the garden and the distribution of produce

Backpack Drive

Prepare backpacks for needy children returning to school

Giving Tree

Collect Christmas gifts for various charities using tags on a Christmas tree

Soup-er Bowl Sunday

Collect money after mass with soup pots and distribute the funds to St. Martin de Porres, SOS and Menomonee Falls food pantries

Rice Bowls

Place rice bowls out at the beginning of lent and the collect them before Easter and distribute the funds to Catholic Relief Services and the SOS

Empower

St Vincent de Paul Mentoring Program

Training parish members to participate as mentors and trainers

Adoption Support Group

Support for people that have been or want to be part of the adoption process

Advocacy

Respect Life

Notify the parish of respect life issues, celebrate respect life Sunday and participate in the Holy Hour for Life.

Human Trafficking

Inform the parish of human trafficking issues, organize Clare Community Soap Sales

Laudato Si’

Promote the values and recommendations of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical

Education

Stewardship Sunday

Invite priority organizations to speak to the parish on the fifth Sunday of the month

Faithful Citizenship

Advance the Catholic teachings on faithful citizenship

Programs

Sister Parish

Support St. Martin de Porres parish.  Invite them to the Mass on the Grass and encourage St James to attend their parish picnic

Matthew 25 for Lent

Collect donations for local charities based on Matthew 25:31 – 46.  Scripture repeatedly tells us to follow Jesus.  We know Jesus was all about compassion and standing with the poor on the margins.  St. James has created an opportunity for us to live out the Jesus story in our lives through the Matthew 25 program throughout Lent.  Please consider taking a card from the Giving Tree which will be located at the Baptismal Pool.  It will provide opportunities for us to put our faith in action.  Or, you might want to make a “Leap of Faith” and take a card from the baskets on the sanctuary steps.  Simply approach the baskets during the presentation of gifts.  Then let the Spirit move you to participate in acts of mercy.  Let us all strengthen our Lenten journey by expanding our comfort zone and becoming a people living God’s mercy.