(listed in alphabetical order) AA: Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. The Elm Grove Staying Sober AA group meets Saturday mornings from 7:00-8:00am in the Senior Center. Contact the Parish Office, 262-782-4575.
Adoration Chapel: Volunteers are needed to spend time as adorers of the Holy Eucharist in the Chapel. Coverage is needed 24/7. A person may commit for an hour weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, depending on his/her schedule. Substitutes are also needed. If a person cannot sign up for a regular hour, he/she may volunteer to serve as a substitute, to be contacted when a need arises. Volunteers are needed to maintain the environment within the chapel. Contact the Parish Office, 262-782-4575.
Adoration Chapel Cleaners are needed for 2-hour shifts on Good Friday and Holy Saturday, 9:30-11:30am. Volunteers must be able to lift and carry items, and be comfortable climbing a ladder. Contact the Parish Office, 262-782-4575.
Adult Formation: St. Mary’s Visitation seeks to invite and enable ongoing conversion to Jesus and holiness of life, promote and support active membership in the Church, and call and prepare adults to act as disciples in mission to the world. We seek to do this through a variety of opportunities, including those that are systematic, occasional, individual, community, organized, and spontaneous — aimed at adults of all ages, vocations, and backgrounds. Opportunities are ever-changing and expanding. “I tell you, look up and see the fields ripe for the harvest” (Jn 4:35). Contact Josh Dieterich, 262-782-4575 or email@example.com.
Ongoing Adult Formation Programming and Proclaiming the Faith Groups: Volunteers are needed to help out with varied and ongoing adult formation programming, which may include small faith sharing communities, Bible studies, discussion groups, etc. Volunteers are needed as facilitators, contact people, program coordinators, and leaders. Time Commitment: Varies with needs of groups and programs. Some programs will be one-time; while others may meet over a number of days or weeks; while still others may be indefinite. Contact Josh Dieterich, 262-782-4575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Altar Society/Holy Dusters: Volunteers are needed to perform general housecleaning duties of altars and sacristies, once a month, on Fridays for an hour or two. Contact Liz Steybe, 262-782-4485 or email@example.com.
Angel Tree: This outreach program strives to make the Christmas holiday special by providing clothing, toys, games and personal items to children, adults and organizations in need during the Advent and Christmas season. The Angel Tree truly represents the Christian spirit of giving. Monetary donations are distributed to area organizations to ensure that the wishes of those in need are fulfilled during the Christmas season. Contact the Parish Office, 262-782-4575.
Art & Environment Ministry: This ministry consists of volunteers who decorate the sanctuary and church throughout the liturgical year. Their function is to develop an atmosphere within the worship area that enhances the prayer life of the community and promotes their active participation. Christmas and Easter are the major seasons that require assistance. All are welcome to volunteer, whether you're creative or simply able to offer a helping hand. Assistance is also needed for selling poinsettias during Advent and Easter lilies during Lent. Time Commitment: Days prior to liturgical seasons or church feast days. Contact Liz Steybe at the Parish Office, 262-782-4575 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Baker for Parish Events: Volunteers are needed throughout the year to provide baked goods for parish events. Contact the Parish Office, 262-782-4575.
Catholic Formation Committee: The purpose of the Catholic Formation Committee is to give leadership to the parish, Parish Pastoral Council and Catholic Formation staff in the areas of Catholic Formation/Religious Education for children, youth, young adults, adults, families and many specialized groups. Their concerns include religious instruction, sacramental preparation, evangelization, family life, vocation, spirituality and ecumenical and interfaith activities. The Catholic Formation Committee will determine how often to meet with the expectation of an initial one year term. Contact Josh Dieterich or Erica Nelson, 262 782-4575.
Catechists: Help pass on the faith as a catechist or aide to our Catholic Formation students.
K5-4th Grade, contact Erica Nelson, 262-782-4575 or email@example.com.
2nd Grade Sacramental Preparation, contact Erica Nelson, 262-782-4575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
5th-8th Grade (EDGE program), contact Josh Dieterich, 262-782-4575 or email@example.com.
9th-12 Grade, contact Erica Nelson, 262-782-4575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choirs:If you would like to sing as a cantor or choir member, please contact Julie Huebner, 262-782-4575 or email@example.com. Confirmation Prep: Designed to offer teens (Gr. 11) a life-changing experience as they journey through their Catholic faith in all its richness and vitality as they get ready to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. Group leaders are needed to help lead Confirmation Discernment sessions and celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation with the teens. Contact: Erica Nelson, 262-782-4575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christian Women’s Society: The Mission Statement of the Christian Women’s Society is “to enhance the spirituality of the women of the parish and community” and by extension, all who come in contact with these women, especially their families. Programs and events are planned to minister to women of all ages and to refresh and renew the spirit. The hope is that each member’s participation is enriched through finding friends, fellowship, and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. All are welcome and encouraged to attend any or as many of the programs and events scheduled including Speaker breakfasts, the Ash Wednesday Morning of Reflection, Advent by Candlelight, the Annual Salad Supper, the Family Rosary, May Crowning, and more. Contact the Parish Office, 262-782-4575.
Church Linen Maintenance: Responsible for the cleaning of the sacristy linens and server albs. The linens can be washed at the volunteer’s home. Help is needed several hours during the weeks in which volunteer is scheduled. The volunteers are scheduled on a rotating basis. Contact Liz Steybe, 262-782-4575 or email@example.com.
Elizabeth Ministry: The Elizabeth Ministry is an outreach that responds to the joys and sorrows of a man or woman’s life during the childbearing years. By sharing personal stories and similar experiences, women are able to support, encourage and assist one another during this unique time in their lives. The Elizabeth Ministry follows the example of the scriptural story of the Visitation by bringing women together who share a similar story. Learn more about how you can receive assistance or join this ministry. Contact Nancy Kasun, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist: Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are privileged to assist the presider in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ to the assembly. They serve at all liturgies. There is a group who minister only at the 6:30 am daily Mass. All Catholics who have been confirmed are invited to share in this special ministry. Scheduled approximately twice a month, Mass preferences are accommodated. Contact Liz Steybe, email@example.com.
Feed the Hungry: This monthly collection provides non-perishable food items to St. Rose Parish on even months of the year and Blessed Savior on odd months. Both pantries are overwhelmed with the generosity of our parish members. If you are interested in donating items for the "Feed the Hungry" program, please leave your bags of non-perishable items in the west vestibule or in the Atrium on the second Sunday of every month. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please make your check out to St. Mary's Visitation with "Feed the Hungry" in the memo section. Contact the Parish Office, 262-782-4575.
Gardeners: We need volunteers to help maintain the beautiful grounds of St. Mary's Visitation parish. The work involves prepping beds in the spring, planting flowers, trimming and fall clean up. You can work in a group or work on your own if you prefer. Contact: Liz Steybe, 262-782-4575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Grief: Losing a loved one can be one of the most difficult, painful things we experience in our lives. To help people through their grief journey, St. Mary's offers a 12-week "Good Grief" class led by Certified Grief Counselor, Deacon Tom Binder. Previous participants have experienced significant healing and have rediscovered peace, joy and love in their lives. Twelve-week sessions are offered every spring and fall. Class size is limited and fills up quickly. Contact the Parish Office, 262-782-4575.
Homebound Ministry: Volunteers are needed to take communion to the homebound. This special ministry connects St. Mary's Visitation with parishioners who are unable to celebrate Mass with us due to age, illness or physical limitations. Our homebound parishioners are loved and prayed for and are vital members of our parish community. Any Catholic in good standing with the Church may be a Homebound Minister. We especially encourage family members of the homebound person to be a part of this ministry. Contact the Parish Office, 262-782-4575.
Jail/Prison Ministry: A confidential ministry to those incarcerated and to the members of their families. In confidence, please contact Deacon Richard Niggemann, 262-782-4575 or email@example.com
Knights of Columbus: As a Knight, you have the opportunity to support your parish, give back to your community, and grow in your faith. This band of brothers is a network of men in communities around the world dedicated to doing good in the service of God and our neighbor. Efforts are directed toward supporting our priests and seminarians, pro-life, Catholic education and charitable aid to those in need. Over fifty Knights belong to our parish, many serving in roles such as Ministers of Hospitality, Eucharistic Ministers, and caring for parish grounds. We even help to beautifully decorate the church at Christmas. Contact Jim Dragani, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lectors: Lectors accept the privileged role of proclaiming the Word of God in a manner that can nourish the assembly. They reflect upon the reading itself as well as its contextual background. They apply effective methods of oral proclamation so that the congregation may enter into the experience of God’s Living Word. High school youth and adult parishioners interested in proclaiming God’s Word are always welcome. Scheduled once or twice a month, Mass preferences accommodated. Contact Liz Steybe, email@example.com.
Marriage Preparation: Happily married couples are needed to act as sponsors to help prepare engaged couples for the Sacrament of Matrimony and administer the FOCCUS questionnaire. Training is provided. Sponsor couples work with 1- 2 couples per year and meet with each couple 2-3 times. Contact Liz Steybe, 262-782-4575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men's Group: The St. Mary's Men's Group is a ministry open to men in the parish or surrounding parishes who want to deepen their relationship with Our Lord Jesus Christ, understand their Catholic faith more completely, and meet other men who do the same, so as to live more fully as the men that God created them to be. Regularly scheduled meetings include fellowship, prayer and intentions, as well as a Catholic faith formation video presentation followed by discussion. The Catholic Men's Group looks for ways to live out their Catholic faith in serving others in various ways as a group. Contact Chris Holland, 414-322-2548.
Parish Building & Grounds Committee: The Building & Grounds Committee members provide oversight and guidance for maintaining, utilizing and advancing parish and school buildings and real estate. The committee consists of individuals with varied experience in contractor trades, building services and landscape service fields. Meetings are held monthly. Contact Heidi Steigerwald, 262-782-4575 or email@example.com.
Parish Finance Council: The Finance Council provides advice and guidance to the Pastor in the administration of parish assets. The Council is advisory to the pastor. Standing sub committees assist in development of the annual budget, regular and annual financial reports to the parish community and stewardship. The sub committees report to the Council. There are six members on the Council. The Pastor confirms new members. The Council meets seven times per year. Contact: Monica Hiller, 262-782-4575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parish Pastoral Council: The Parish Council serves as an advisory body to the pastor and parish staff. Representing the broad diversity of parishioners, their wisdom helps guide the spiritual leadership, governance and planning of the parish. Standing committees include: Buildings and Grounds, Catholic Formation, Finance Council, Prayer and Worship, School Advisory and Home and School. Ad hoc committees are appointed as needed for special projects and activities. There are seven members, each serving a two year term. The selection of new members of the Council is by discernment. The Council meets six times a year. Contact Monica Hiller, 262-782-4575 or email@example.com.
Parish Pancake Breakfast: The Pancake Breakfast is sponsored by the Boy Scouts and takes place in January. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks including ticket sales, ordering food, food service, decorations, dishwashing, set up and clean up. Contact the School Office, 262-782-7057.
Parish Picnic Volunteer: The second weekend in September, school parents organize and host a picnic for parishioners to thank them for their support of the school. Following the 10:30am Sunday Mass parishioners share a meal, visit and enjoy entertainment. Volunteers are needed to assist in scheduling volunteers, organize children’s games or activities, entertainment, marketing, decorations, set up, take down and help day of the event. Time Commitment: Varies from a few hours on the day of event to several hours per week leading up to the event. Contact the School Office, 262-782-7057.
Photography: Volunteers are needed to photograph in the church, on the parish grounds and at parish events. Volunteer as available or as needed. Contact Nora Mihm, firstname.lastname@example.org, 262-782-4575.
Prayer & Worship Committee: The Prayer and Worship Committee works closely with the Liturgy & Music Office to evaluate all aspects of liturgy at St. Mary’s Visitation and to develop ways to improve the worship, prayer and spiritual life of our parish community. The study of liturgical documents and texts throughout the year forms committee members for this task. Time Commitment: Meetings are held six times a year (September-May). Terms run 2 years with no more than 2 consecutive terms. Contact: Liturgy and Music Office, 262-782-4485.
Prayer Request Ministry: We are blessed to have faithful parishioners who consider it a privilege to pray for others and their special intentions. Please consider joining the joyful and rewarding ministry of lifting others up through prayer. If you, a family member, or a friend are in need of immediate prayer, please let us know. Confidentiality is always respected. Contact the Parish Office, 262-782-4575 or email@example.com.
Prayer Shawl Ministry: Parish Knitters dedicate their time, talent and prayers while creating beautiful prayer shawls and baptismal blankets. Prayer shawl recipients receive a blessed, comforting reminder that the prayers of our parish community are with them and that God is near when one is suffering. All babies baptized at our parish are given a white blanket that has been blessed at their baptism, as a welcome gift to our newest members. Please stop in the Parish Office if you know of someone in need or if you are interested in knitting or donating to this ministry. Contact the Parish Office, 262-782-4575.
RCIA: The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process established for the church for individuals to become Catholic and receive the sacraments of initiation. Help adults who are becoming Catholic or are completing their Sacraments of Initiation by teaching and modeling faithful Catholic life. Contact Josh Dieterich, 262-782-4575 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Respect Life Ministry: This ministry promotes the culture of life from conception to natural death through prayer, service, education and formation. Respect Life activities include assisting local pregnancy care centers with diaper drives, community baby showers, a baby bottle drive, Mother's Day rose distribution, promotion of annual Life Chain, Roe vs. Wade Prayer Vigils and the spring and fall 40 Days for Life Campaign. Individuals, families, teens -- and new ideas to promote culture of life -- are welcome. Contact Kathy Easter, email@example.com.
Sacristans: Sacristans open the church doors in the morning, replenish candles as needed and set up Mass needs for the priests. Volunteers are needed before and after 6:30am Mass, rotating every 4-6 weeks. Contact Liz Steybe, firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Volunteers: School parents donate thousands of hours of service, selecting their roles in August. We welcome non-school parent parishioner assistance for many of our activities. We extend our thanks to all school parent and non-school parent volunteers. Please contact the School Office, (262) 782-7057. Volunteer opportunities are as follows:
Ambassador Family: Assist in the recruitment of new families by providing tours during Open House and to follow up with prospective families to invite them to various programs, to make them feel welcomed, and to respond to any questions they might have.
Athletics: There are various athletic opportunities. Contact the Athletic Director through the School Office.
Auction for Education: This is an annual adult social function and fundraiser held in the school gymnasium. Volunteers are needed to assist with the silent auction. This involves help with solicitation, follow-up, packaging and set-up of donated items. Volunteers are also needed with decorations, set up and clean up.
Field Day: This year-end, one-day event is held at SMV. Volunteers are needed to help run the various competitions and serve lunch.
Hospitality: All events are preplanned and you are given a list of all the events for the year (usually 8 to 10). Great for both people who like to cook and those that do not have a lot of time to cook. You will receive an email two weeks prior to an event and will be given a choice of items to prepare or purchase. Meals are usually simple: salads, desserts, soups, fruits, veggies, etc. Even though we love homemade things, we do also ask for items that can easily be bought such as rolls, condiments, lunch meats, drinks, etc. We especially need helpers for setup and cleanup.
Library Aides: Assist students during scheduled library time and/or categorize and shelve books as directed by the Librarian. Times are flexible. In-service required.
Memorial Day Parade: The fourth grade classes are responsible for coordinating the SMV activities for the Elm Grove Memorial Day Parade. You will be representing the school during the parade.
Parish Picnic: In September, school parents organize and host a picnic for parishioners to thank them for their support of the school. Parishioners share lunch, visit and enjoy entertainment. Volunteers are needed to assist in scheduling volunteers, organizing children's games and activities, entertainment, decorations, setup, cleanup and help the day of the event.
Room Parent: The teacher’s main contact for organizing Classroom Aides to assist with special projects, field trips, and other classroom needs. Commitment will vary depending upon grade level and classroom.
Scrip Program: This program raises funds for our school through the use of gift certificates purchased from a variety of retailers. When St. Mary’s school families and parishioners make purchases using these gift certificates, the retailers give a percentage back to the school. Help is needed with advertising and promoting this program. Also, weekly help needed with sales and inventory, tabulations and filling orders.
Scouting: Scout leaders and co-leaders needed. Parental assistance is always welcome.
Spooks and Spoofs: This is a community event held in the school and gymnasium. Volunteers needed to help with setup, decorations, food and drink service, games, prizes and cleanup.
Servers/Adult: Volunteers are trained to be Acolyte ministers who serve at the daily 6:30am and Saturday 8:00am Masses. Contact Liz Steybe, email@example.com.
Servers/Funerals: Adult and high school servers assist our priests at funerals. High school students serve on weekends and during school vacations. Contact Liz Steybe, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Servers/Youth: Boys and girls who are in 6th grade through high school are invited to be altar servers. They act as the assembly’s representatives in assisting the presider in the celebration of daily and Sunday Mass, weddings, and other liturgical celebrations. Servers are trained mid to late summer to assist in the celebrations, and to prepare and clean up the sanctuary and sacristy. Servers are scheduled for your preferred weekend Mass. SMV students are scheduled for the 8:00am Mass during the school year. Contact Liz Steybe, email@example.com.
St. Ben’s Meal Program: Volunteers are needed every other first Tuesday of the month to prepare and bake casseroles, make pudding and baked goods, donate fruit and help deliver and serve the food at St. Ben's. Contact the Parish Office, 262-782-4575.
Thrift Shop Volunteer: Volunteering at the Thrift Shop is a wonderful way to meet new people and make new friends while helping to support the parish. Volunteers are needed to help with processing incoming donations, cashiering, testing electronics and cleaning. Contact: Terri Maciejewski in the Thrift Shop, 262-784-6644.
Ushers: Ministers of Hospitality are the first to welcome each person to Sunday worship. They help with the collection, the Communion procession and other needs of the community. All ages are welcome to help. Young children are encouraged to participate as able with their families. Scheduled for one month at a time at the Mass of your choice. Contact Liz Steybe, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vacation Bible School: Adults and young adults 7th grade and older are needed to help coordinate and run this fun-filled week of faith formation for children in grades K3-4th grade. Contact Erica Nelson, 262-782-4575 or email@example.com.