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Human Concerns Committee

On behalf of our parish community, the Christ King Human Concerns Committee (HCC) responds to Jesus’ command to love our neighbor as ourselves by working for the common good.   
 
Through several sub-committees and many dedicated volunteers, the HCC seeks to support those in need within our parish and throughout the greater Milwaukee community.  Our focus is to alleviate hunger, homelessness, illiteracy, loneliness, and other forms of suffering.  This is done through our Care Ministries (Bereavement, Shepherd and Prayer Shawl Ministries, birthday cards to parish seniors, get well and sympathy cards, funeral receptions, Ministry of Praise, and Women’s Prayer Circle), Alcohol & Drug Awareness, and Parish Library; our support of Greater Tosa Interfaith, Habitat for Humanity, and St. Vincent de Paul Meal Programs; and through our seasonal outreach projects (back-to-school drive, food drives, spring & fall clothing drives, Christmas Giving Tree, Lenten CRS rice bowl drive, and Mother’s Day rose sale).  
 
In addition to giving of self, our parish community – through your stewardship and additional donations – also provides financial support to worthy groups and organizations within our parish, the greater Milwaukee community, and agencies that address an international need.  Beneficiaries of this support are primarily the elderly; individuals and families who are hungry, homeless, or are lacking basic necessities; those who have physical, mental, or emotional challenges; and agencies that provide pro-life education and/or ongoing support to pregnant women.   
 
The HCC reviews information from each considered organization before a determination is made on how committee funds will be allocated.  Following is a list of those groups that received a disbursement from the committee this past fiscal year (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018): 

  • Benedict Center     
  • Catholic Charities    
  • Wisconsin Right to Life     
  • Casa Romero     
  • Catholic Relief Services   
  • Life Navigators      
  • Notre Dame School of Milwaukee       
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame       
  • Women’s Support Center of Milwaukee, Inc.       
  • Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Open Door Café   
  • St. Catherine Residence   
  • House of Peace   
  • MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary   
  • St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care   
  • St. Vincent de Paul – Christ King Chapter                
  • St. Vincent de Paul – Main Organization                
  • School Sisters of St. Francis  
  • Pro-Life Wisconsin                
  • Daystar, Inc.   
  • Dominican Center for Women, Inc.    
  • Greater Milwaukee Free Clinic 
  • Milwaukee Rescue Mission   
  • Franciscan Peacemakers – Clare Community   
  • Literacy Services of Wisconsin 
  • The Guest House 
  • Hunger Task Force  
  • CRS Rice Bowl    
  • Trinity Lutheran Church (aid following their recent fire)    

 
A binder with information on past beneficiary organizations is available for review in the Parish Library.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the work of the Human Concerns Committee, please call Chair Maureen Stern at 414-698-8056 or send her an EMAIL.
 
Thank you for your continued support through the giving of your time, talent, and treasure to our parish and to the ministries of the HCC. 
 
Blessings, 
Christ King Human Concerns Committee 

Committee Mmbrs

  • Very Rev Phillip Bogacki Pastor
  • Rev Will Arnold Asc. Pastor
  • Maureen Stern Chair
  • Cindy Chovanec Secretary
  • Tom Heller Treasurer
  • Linda Bardele Parish Giving
  • Tom Schroeder L Past. Coun.
  • Judy O'Connell SVDP
  • Pat Krolikowski Care Ministries
  • Z Schaefer Care Ministries
  • Pat Krolikowski Bereavement/ Funeral Recptns
  • Pat Krolikowski Get Well Cards
  • Z Schaefer Ministry of Praise
  • Z Schaefer Women Prayer Circle
  • OPEN Greater Tosa Interfaith
  • OPEN Mums Sale
  • Ken Kloser Habitat for Humanity
  • OPEN Social Justice/Ed Nwsltr
  • Carol Bannen Parish Library
  • Julie Wendelberger Meal Program
  • Cindy Chovanec School Drive
  • Judy Maret Food Drives
  • Mary Sermersheim Clothing Drives
  • Julie Frank Clothing Drives
  • Sue Schmitt Advent Giving Trees
  • Sue Schmitt Rice Bowl
  • Amy Grau Rose Sale
  • Members at Large:                       Mary Bartkowski
    Mary Benson
    Terry Brennan 
    Cathy Campbell 
    Richard Fehring
    Jim Finn    
    Beth Hanan                 
    Kelly Hemauer
    Elaine Maisonet 
    Steve Obscherning
    Lisa Reetz
    Deb Schiel

Announcements

  • Lenten Food Drive | Benefiting Community Food Pantry | March 17-31

    The annual Lenten Food Drive begins March 17 and continues through March 31.

    All donations will benefit the Tosa Community Food Pantry, which serves residents of Wauwatosa and is located in Saint Bernard Church.

    Items always in demand include tuna, beef stew, vegetables and fruits, cereal and pancake mix and syrup. Regular size cans (not oversized) are best suited for pantry clients.

    Please place your donations in the bins at either church entrance. 

    THANK YOU for your continued generosity!

  • Christ King and Habitat
    In February, the Church Coalition, of which Christ King is a long-standing member, put the last strokes of paint on the house we began building from the ground up in 2018. Tammy, the future owner, will close on the house in the next month and then she and her 4 children will be moving in.
     
    On Saturday March 23, from 8 am to 3pm, our group will be framing a new house for a new homeowner at 2018 N. 30th Street!
     
    If you would like to join us, register at the following link: http://churchcoalition.mkehabitat.volunteerhub.com
    If you have any questions, contact Ken Kloser: (414) 801-9857 or EMAIL
     
    DID YOU KNOW...
    • 87% of Milwaukee Habitat homeowners’ children have graduated from high school. That’s nearly 30% higher than the average graduation rate in MPS.
    • 55% of Milwaukee Habitat homeowners reported their children’s grades improved since moving into their Habitat home.
    • 50% fewer Milwaukee Habitat homeowners reported experiencing housing-related illnesses, such as asthma, after moving into their Habitat
  • Northside Meal Program | Wednesday, March 27
    Collection sites for food donations will be as follows:
     
    • Sweet Breads & Mayo: Murtha, 2643 N. 89th St.
    • Large Cans of Baked Beans: Giese, 2441 N. 83rd St.
    • Cut/Peeled Carrots/Cucumbers or Jars of Dill/Sweet Pickles: Blaha, 2810 N. 72nd St.
    • Jello: Anderson, 9515 W. Hadley St.
     
    Please drop food donations by 3:45pm on the 4th Wednesday of each month.
     
    Please prayerfully consider joining us on-site to serve the meal. Please arrive by 5:15pm. The meal is served from 5:30-6:15pm. Parents with school-aged children are always welcome! This is a great way to begin showing your children the importance of service as well as gratitude for the blessings they have! 5pm-6:30pm (includes drive time to/from 2600 N. 2nd St), 1x/month, 12x/year, is a great way to spend dinner time sharing your time & talent with those less fortunate than us.
     
    Want or need a monthly reminder to be part of this ministry? EMAIL Mary Anderson to have your name/email address added to the Northside Meal Program distribution list or if you have any questions. She can also be reached by phone at (414) 550-2063.
  • Catholic Relief Services | Parish Ambassadors Initiative
    If you are passionate about global justice and feel the call to be in solidarity with the world’s poor, becoming a Christ King CRS Parish Ambassador might just be what you are looking for!
     
    Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching as we act to:
     
    PROMOTE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
     
    by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies; and,
     
    SERVE CATHOLICS IN THE UNITED STATES
     
    as they live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world. As part of the universal mission of the Catholic Church, we work with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, not creed, race or nationality.
     
    Catholics across the country are hungering for new ways to live their faith - to encounter and respond to suffering people around the world. These disciples of Christ seek to put into practice the teachings of the Church by breaking through what Pope Francis calls the “globalization of indifference.” And they want to inspire their parish communities to act on our faith by caring for people in need.
     
    For 75 years, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has been providing expertise and compassion to the very poorest of our brothers and sisters in more than 100 countries.
     
    Christ King CRS Parish Ambassadors are active parishioners with a passion for global solidarity who help strengthen the parish's outreach ministry by organizing three global discipleship activities per year in our parish. There are substantial resources and support from CRS to assist with these efforts.
     
    If you are interested in learning more about this global initiative please contact Luigi and Sue Schmitt 414-778-0405 or EMAIL.