Outreach Services Team

St. Charles Outreach Services Team ministers to both local Wisconsin communities and abroad, organizing events and programs that bring together volunteers of all ages to engage in projects that better the living, learning, and general condition of all! Through events such as the monthly Bread of Life Community Meal, the seasonal gift and clothing drives, and grander projects such as funding and building a new chapel for the church community of La Sagrada Familia in the Dominican Republic, there are many ways to become involved. For more information about specific events or to become involved, please contact Terri Blazek, Outreach Services Team Chairperson, at jtblazek@wi.rr.com or 262-367-7608.

Opportunities to become involved as a volunteer to help those of the St. Charles Parish community include becoming involved in ministries such as the Meals to the Homebound, the Hospitality Ministry, or by volunteering at seasonal church events such as Fall Fest. For more information about service opportunities at St. Charles Parish, please call the Parish Office at 262-367-0800.

 

Bread of Life Meal - Monthly Community Meal at St. Charles

Once a month, St. Charles Parish is the host for a free community meal for seniors and others. Volunteers are needed to greet people as they enter, serve refreshments, wash dishes, set-up and tear-down the event.

Times: various times and duties from 3:30-7 pm.

January meal 1/26/23

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Outreach Services Team Meeting

Come join our team as we discuss upcoming events and activities.  Get an understanding of what it is like to become involved in the preparation behind our many volunteer opportunities.  Offer your services or just come to learn more about each activity. They are held on a Monday evening quarterly.

The next meeting is on Monday, February 20th, 2023 in the Conference Room.

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Rosemary's Mission -  Shelter Meals

During the Corona Virus Outbreak, there is a much greater need of assistance. We have increased our partnership role with this program serving men, women and families who are homeless in the Waukesha County area.

If you are interested in providing a meal in a 13 x 9 pan for the shelters please call Ann Hansen at 920-763-4773.

We prepare meals for all 2 shelter locations in the City of Waukesha; Juno, Siena and Jeremy Houses. We make sandwiches weekly and always need lunch meat and other items. Please help by donating meal items. Drop them off in the Borromeo Room kitchen before or after mass on Saturday or Sunday. Go to the following link for information.

Rosemary's mission meal items collection- 2/11 & 2/12

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St. Anthony's Food Pantry

Come and join us in the packing and distributing of food to families of our Sister School, St. Anthony's, on the south side of Milwaukee. Once a week we will visit and bring along donations for their pantry.

If you wish to donate, however are not able to join us, we will accept drop offs the day of the event 15 minutes prior to our departure. See the following link for more information and to register.

Donations of any of the following appreciated - Toilet paper, Tissues (small cube type box 120 ct or less), Shampoo (12 - 15oz. or smaller), Bic (throw away) razors, Tampax, Maxi pads, Baby Food & Baby Cereal, Boy Pullups diapers 4-5T. Peanut butter (16 oz.) and cereal needed - leave on baker rack near cooler in the Borromeo Room kitchen anytime, thanks!
 
Deliver to our vehicle parked in the
St. Charles Church east parking lot.

Look for Terri Blazek near her car.
between 9:15 - 9:30 am on 2/14/23.

St. Anthony's Food Pantry Registration - February
 
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Mentorship Workshop Meal

We need volunteers and food donations to prepare a meal for 30-40 individuals looking to better their positions in life. We provide the meal and have the opportunity to meet the participants as we dine with them during their evening workshop held in downtown Waukesha.

St. Charles is hosting an informational seminar about poverty that is a great introduction for anyone volunteering to help those in need. The seminar is run by the Getting Ahead ministry from St. Vincent de Paul, Waukesha who run the program for which we share the Mentorship meal. See the brochure for additional information.

 Getting Ahead Meal - 11/1

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Hope Center Meal Program

Located in downtown City of Waukesha, the Hope Center serves meals to those barely getting by with little or no income. Some attendees are homeless and are out on the street or in a shelter. Monthly our Outreach Group serves and cleans up after a meal from 11:15 am - 1 pm. If you would like to assist please register below. The Hope Center is located at, 502 N. East Ave., Waukesha.

Next meal 2/4/23

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Fellowship Weekend (formerly Donut Sunday)

Outreach Services Team will be hosting the Fellowship Weekend, November 19 & 20 after all the Masses. We will be responsible for serving the coffee, juice and donuts and clean up. It is also a great time to spread the word about our wonderful Outreach group to encourage others to join!

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Thank You for Supporting Our Mission Chapel

The words, "Thank you" can not fully convey the message from Fr. Javier Guativa regarding the welcome given him during his recent visit. Speaking about our Parish's Mission Chapel, Our Lady of Lourdes in the Dominican Republic, he hoped he conveyed what life is like for our fellow parishioners. As Fr. Ken stated, we should not only build a new church here in Hartland we should also build one for those without one. Through our financial support, the villagers of Canada de Piedra, not only have a place for worship, it also serves as a meeting place for religious events, educational gatherings and a refuge from storms (it has already been a shelter during 2 recent hurricanes).

St. Charles' Outreach Services Team, who sponsored this event, will continue as our connection to them and will communicate future updates. An upcoming mission trip to include our parishioners and teen groups is in the planning. In addition to this ministry, the Outreach Services Team serves those in need in and around our community. As well as coordinating our support of our partner school, St. Anthony's School on the south side of Milwaukee.

If you wish to know more about this Team and their activities, please contact Terri Blazek at 262-367-7608 or jtblazek@wi.rr.com.

Keep the people in our mission parish in your daily prayers. See the prayer in the upper right of this webpage inside the yellow box.

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Summer Lunch Meals

The Summer Lunch Program is supported by St. Vincent de Paul conferences during the summer for children in Saratoga Park, located in the Saratoga Elementary School District, who participate in the Waukesha School District's free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs during the school year. This program was created to provide a nutritious meal for children in this area of the city during the summer months when these programs are not available.

We will be providing the lunches, taking them to Waukesha and distributing them to children and parents Monday and Tuesday July 25th and 26th. If you wish to donate food items for the meals or help in making and serving them, stay tuned for more information.

The Outreach Services Team have been involved with this worthwhile and fun activity for a couple of years. The place is Waukesha Stem Academy Saratoga Park Campus, 130 Walton Ave (enter the parking lot from College Ave). We will carpool from St. Charles to the park at 11 am and return by 1:30. If you would like to help make sandwiches and other items for these lunches, or assist in distributing them, a link to register will be posted as we draw near the date. Any questions please contact Terri at 262-367-7608.

Date: 7/25/22 - 7/26/22

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Brat Shack Fundraiser at Piggly Wiggly

We serve brats, burgers and hot dogs as well as a baked goods at the Piggly Wiggly Brat Shack to raise funds. All profits went to help purchase supplies for our many Outreach activities. This is an annual activity and we welcome all to volunteer to help cook, serve, make baked goods, set-up or clean-up and tear down. 

Brat Shack: 5/7/22

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Communion Clothing Drives for St. Anthony's School - 9th and Mitchell

Thank You from St. Anthony's School in Milwaukee
Many thanks to the parishioners who donated communion clothing to students and families of our Sister School, St. Anthony's in Milwaukee. The St. Charles Outreach Services Team sponsored the clothing drive and as always our parish responded! A total of 17 girl's dresses, assorted veils and gloves, along with 7 boy's suit coats, a variety of boy's pants, dress shirts, vests, ties, caps and shoes were given to St. Anthony's. A special thank you to the people who purchased 5 new dresses to pass along. And thank you for making the day very special for these children.

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Ronald McDonald House Lunch-to-go Program

Our meals program has been cancelled at this time. If you wish to support this organization they suggested grocery store gift cards are helpful. Purchase from our Scrip program and St. Charles earns a portion of your purchase too. Please send them to our St. Charles Outreach Coordinator for this program and she will get them to Ronald McDonald House.

Julie Heyrman
N61 W27293 Trappers Run
Sussex, WI 53089

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FallFest Raffle Tickets

Outreach Services Team will be helping with Fall Fest by selling and collecting raffle tickets after all the Masses every weekend now through Aug. 31 & Sept. 1. Sign up if interested in helping!

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FallFest - Serving as a group

Each year we volunteer as a team to help our parish as volunteers during FallFest. We serve food in the food tent, offer free samples from our cookbook recipes to sell cookbooks, and other activities If you would like to work with us as a group, please signup here instead of the parish's main volunteer registration site.

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Bread of Life Meal - Vaccinations Offered

During the Bread of Life meal this month, come and get vaccinated for the upcoming season. Once again Hartland's own, Hometown Pharmacy, will be at St. Charles in the Borromeo Room from 4-7 pm on Thursday evening. Both the Flu and current Covid-19 vaccines will be available. Bring along your insurance or medicare cards. Registration is not required, however if you do signup, it will help to better prepare the amount of vaccines required for that day. After your vaccination, you are welcome to stay and join us for the Bread of Life meal.

Join us next fall for our vaccination event in 2023

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Archdiocesan 175th Anniversary

The Outreach Team appreciates all who donated products for the Archdiocesan 175th Anniversary Care Bundles project, as well as helped to assemble them Monday night. We had 3 carloads of product! And we had over a dozen parishioners join in the bundling event at St. Jerome's. We can not put into words how amazed and humbled we are at the efforts from the many St. Charles parishioners who went shopping for these items. The bundles were delivered to Catholic Charities Tuesday morning for distribution to their clients. Thank you so very much!

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Charities Weekend Sale

After all Masses the last weekend of the month, we need volunteers to sell our parish cookbooks and new gift items made by the sewing cooperative of ladies in the Dominican Republic at our International sister parish of La Sagrada Familia. Purses, aprons, cosmetic bags and more make the perfect Christmas gifts. 

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