Pastoral Council meetings are held on the second Monday of every month. All parishioners are welcome to attend.
Finance Council is responsible for making recommendations to the Parish Council regarding parish finances, major spending, budget, stewardship of resources, and capital improvements to the infrastructure.
● ● ●
Southeast Catholic Religious Formation. Please visit Southeast Catholic (Please note: All adults wanting to volunteer with Religious Education, Youth Ministry and STAA are required to participate in the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Program. For more information call the Christian Formation Office, 481-0777.)
Elementary Religious Education is for parish children in kindergarten through 6th grade who are attending public schools. Classes are held in the STAA school building on the St. Veronica campus. The program runs on Sunday mornings from September through April. Contact the Director of Elementary Formation for more information.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) is an opportunity for children ages 4 to 10 to hear the Sunday readings and a short reflection using age appropriate language. It occurs on the first and third Sundays of each month from October through June during the 10:30 am liturgy. There is no signup or fee for Liturgy of the Word. All children attending that Mass are welcome. New leaders are always welcome.
Youth Ministry provides faith formation opportunities for youth from 7th grade through high school. Formal catechesis for youth not being educated in Catholic schools is offered through our Religious Education program. retreat, service and social opportunities are offered for the youth of the parishes.
● ● ●
The purpose of the Collaborative Christian Formation Committee is to promote and coordinate the educational and formational aspects of the church’s mission within the six parishes of our cluster. This lifelong process is developed collaboratively within the Committee and focuses on Adult Ministry, Elementary Religious Education and Youth Ministry. Parish members are welcome and needed to serve on the Christian Formation Committee and assist with its various projects.
Marriage Preparation Sponsor Couples (FOCCUS) Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding & Study. Sponsors are married couples who assist engaged couples in preparing for the sacrament of marriage. This ministry involves welcoming engaged couples, assisting them in a written premarital inventory, and subsequent meetings with them. Sponsor couples are carefully trained, and work with our Pastor. Married couples who are interested in this ministry work under the supervision of the Pastor.
God’s Cozy Corner is the parish library and resource center, a lending library available to all parishioners. Resources include audio and video tape, DVDs, magazines and books for both adults and children. Topics include Scripture, lives of the saints, Church teaching, spirituality, family support and religious education references. Children’s video series include the popular Veggietales and 3-2-1 Penguin.
Seasonal Formation Activities. The parish offers varied formation activities throughout Check the online parish calendar for current and upcoming offerings.
Special Religious Education classes for adults are offered for those with exceptional needs. Classes are held on Thursday evenings from September through April. The program is run by Jennie Dziennik and dedicated parish volunteers.
Lighthouse Media - Catholic Faith Formation Ministry (powered by the Lighthouse Apostolate) supports Catholic Faith Formation through multi-media faith information resources of Lighthouse Catholic Media.
● ● ●
The Human Concerns Committee serves to identify and minister to the needs of our parish and community by addressing the issues of justice and peace through teaching, outreach, stewardship, study, reflection, service and action. Some programs and opportunities in which the Committee invites parishioners to participate include: St. Veronica’s Food Pantry, the Giving Tree, clothing drives, inner-city meal programs and assisting people with emergency financial needs. Activities are year-round, and all parishioners are welcome to join any activity for as much time as they can spare.
The St. Veronica Thrift Shop was established in 1969. It is located just outside Johnson Hall. The thrift shop offers gently used clothing, household items and jewelry at bargain prices. It is open to all, during various functions that take place in Johnson Hall, such as fish fry and Saturday Food Pantry. It is also available to the St. Vincent de Paul Society for special needs of families in distress. The volunteers in the thrift shop are grateful to all who donate gently used goods for resale and are always appreciative for extra help. All money from the sale of the items is given to the parish. To learn more about volunteering or to volunteer please call Barbara, 414-482-0749.
St. Veronica's Food Pantry provides food for parishioners and neighbors in need. The pantry is open every Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:00n pm. It is also open on the first and third Saturday of the month from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, and the next day Sunday, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Saint Veronica's Food Pantry is supported by parishioner donations to the "Feed and Shelter" ministry. It also receives food from Hunger Task Force and Feeding America. First-time pantry visitors are provided a gift certificate for Saint Veronica's thrift shop. Breakfast is served on Saturday mornings as well. Parishioners are welcome to join us for breakfast or contact the parish office if they are interested in helping out.
Meal Ministries. Parishioners cook, coordinate and serve two local meal programs:
- Vincent de Paul Meal Program, 951 W. Madison, Milwaukee, WI 53204, on the fifth Thursday of the month at 5:00pm to 7:00 pm.
- South Shore Sharing Meal Program at Immaculate Conception Parish on the last Saturday of the month at noon during the months of June, July and August.
St Vincent de Paul Ministry are a team of parishioners who offer help and hope to individuals and families in need. Our efforts are focused on the southside of Milwaukee. We meet twice monthly (1st & 3rd Mondays) where we discuss the requested needs in our area and assign to two home visit volunteers. We conduct home visits to determine the extent of the individuals or family's needs. We pray with and offer other resources that might assist the family/individual to move toward independence. As a group we work to encourage spiritual growth with the help of our advisor and develop friendship across the team.
Additionally, we request participation from all parish members during the year to supply school supplies for pantry children, Christmas gifts for our pantry children and pillows and blankets we take along on home visits for individuals to rest easy. We also sponsor a meal program (every month that has a 5th Thursday) for the homeless at the St Vincent de Paul meal site. To create this meal, we have developed a "Bucket Brigade" of parishioners who cook and serve the meal. (Help is always appreciated!). Finally, we have an annual truck collection for gently used items that can be donated to the St Vincent de Paul Stores.
There are many ways that you can assist us in our ministry. Join as a full member and receive training for our activities, assist at any of the collections, join the Bucket Brigade or assist at the Food Panty. Watch for information in the Parish Bulletin requesting help and assistance with specific needs.
The Respect Life Committee is a resource for parishioners to educate themselves on moral issues and life style consistent with the Catholic Church teaching that all life is sacred from conception to natural death. Respect Life covers a variety of topics throughout the year. Information is available in the Respect Life Brochure Rack that displays FREE pamphlets, books, CD's, and flyers for use by any interested person. The Committee broadcasts in parish bulletin announcements to advise the parishioner about speaker programs, prayer sessions for the protection of human life, and events that support organizations engaged in protecting the value of human life. Find out more about Respect Life in the South Shore parishes at the link above or by clicking here.
Charity Fund Committee Annually, our parish tithes to local organizations in need. The Charity Fund Committee meets to determine which organizations our parish community will assist, and disburses the available funds.
Prayer Network - St. Veronica’s prayer ministry consists of parishioners who pray daily for the specific request called into the network as well as, the intentions written in our Parish Book of Intentions, located in the Church.
Inspiration Ministry - This new ministry celebrates new members and comforts families who are dealing with loss. A volunteer send cards out to new members welcoming them to their new church family. And following a funeral at St. Veronica's a volunteer sends a card to the family who lost a dear one, to let them know they are in our prayers.
● ● ●
Stewardship works to develop a sense of discipleship in the community of St. Veronica Parish by encouraging people to share their Time, Talent and Treasure. We do this by Collaborating with committees and ministry leaders to incorporate stewardship messaging and practices through all areas of ministry. Developing and implementing annual renewal of time, talent and financial resources. Creating communications that highlight activities and individuals modeling stewardship as way of life. Developing ways to insure that all parishioners feel that they are valued members of the community.
The Welcoming Committee ensures that our new members feel welcome and are given a tour of our facility. The committee shares with the new members the various ministries the parish offers and, if they are interested in getting involved, assists them with contacting the appropriate committee members. If you are interested in being a part of this committee, please contact the Parish Office.
This committee supports and nurtures the social life of our parish. Through a variety of social and spiritual activities, the committee seeks to promote an atmosphere of fun and service, in which parishioners can come together to know each other or deepen existing relationships with other parishioners. Some of the events and activities sponsored by the Parish Life Committee include:
- hosting dinners
- welcoming and farewell receptions
- pancake breakfasts
New ideas for events are always welcome, and parishioners are needed to plan and help with activities, including publicity, meal preparation and serving, setup and cleanup, hospitality and decorating.
The Knot Group engages in the Fabric Arts –knitting, crocheting, embroidery, etc. – at the parish every week, All levels of skills are welcomed to join in, either on their own or parish projects like the recently completed Prayer Shawls.
Parish Socials scheduled throughout the year help make St. Veronica a parish that knows how to have a good time! These events include Taste of the Town, St. Veronica Feast Day and October Fest, as well as Packer Pizza Socials. St. Veronica usually holds a Fish Fry dinner on the first Friday of every month. We are always in need of volunteers to make these fun times possible. Appeals are often made through the bulletin for volunteers.
Sports. Our parish offers a variety of sports, including bowling and dartball. Please contact the parish office details, and watch the bulletin for information.
Parish History - Help preserve the history of the parish by utilizing archive materials to create presentation displays.
● ● ●
Prayer and Worship
This committee nourishes and gives direction to the liturgical aspect of parish life. It ensures the parishioners are provided with opportunities to deepen their faith through a variety of prayer experiences and liturgical celebrations. We meet monthly and welcome new members. If you are interested in joining the Prayer and Worship Committee, any of its subcommittees or activities, please contact the Music Director.
The St. Veronica UAC Prayer Group is called the “CENACLE OF THE DAUGHTERS & SONS OF ST. VINCENT PALLOTTI.” We are men and women, lay, religious and priests, who meet monthly in fellowship to pray and work together while fostering the belief of St. Vincent Pallotti “that Jesus has called us all to be apostles to our faith and promote the mission of the church”. That mission is to renew our faith, rekindle love and promote the gospel of Jesus Christ. His motto was “The love of Christ urges us on!” Our Mission statement is to “Follow the Call of Saint Vincent Pallotti by strengthening our Spirituality and to share our Faith as apostles of Jesus Christ and serve the needs of others.” UAC is a worldwide organization that meets in 48 countries. We meet the third Wednesday of the month and are open to new members. If you wish to deepen your faith and share with others please check the parish bulletin for meeting times or contact the parish office for more information. The Pallottine web site is http://pallottines.org / click on UAC for more information.
Art and Environment Committee prepares the physical environment of the church in keeping with the liturgical seasons in an effort to enhance the common worship of the parish. We welcome parishioners of all ages to assist in setup and take-down of the church environment at numerous times during the year, particularly during the seasons of Christmas and Easter.
Music Ministries consist of adult choir, cantors, resurrection choir and instrumentalists. To serve in music ministry requires an offering of both time and talent. This involves arranging an already busy schedule, committing time for rehearsals, and arriving early for Mass on weekends. The only prerequisite for membership in most of the ensembles is the ability to carry a tune, and a love of music and song.
- Adult Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from September through May and is open to all singers ages high school through adult. The Adult Choir sings a wide variety of musical styles and helps to lead the musical prayer of the parish on weekends and feast days. A music background is not necessary, but a willingness to learn vocal skills is. Singers in all vocal ranges — soprano, alto, tenor, and bass — are welcome.
- Cantors lead our worshiping community in song. These ministers serve on an audition basis only. Voice quality, fine musicianship and a prayerful presence are all necessary for this committed group of musicians. Training is provided.
- Resurrection Choir is open to all people. This group sings at all funerals in the parish, assisting the grieving families with their prayer with musical leadership. This group rehearses two Thursday mornings a month.
- Instrumentalists who are proficient on orchestral instruments — brass, strings, woodwinds, etc. – are welcome to share their talent with the parish community. Special feasts and celebrations are highlighted with the addition of instruments such as trumpet, violin, flute, etc.
- Lectors proclaim the Word of God at our liturgical celebrations. They have a willingness to study and prepare the Scriptures that they proclaim, and to work at the details of diction and public presentation.
- Servers are girls and boys, 5th grade and older, who assist the Pastor at the altar for Masses on weekday and weekend liturgies and feast days. They help with preparations and cleanup at the Masses. They need to be prayerfully attentive to the details of the liturgies. Training is provided.
- Eucharistic ministers assist in the distribution of the Holy Eucharist at Mass, particularly at weekend liturgies and feast days. Training is provided.
- Ushers are a vital part of our parish liturgical celebrations. At feast days and weekend liturgies, the ushers take up the monetary collection for the church, help with seating, and assist with organization for various liturgical rites.
- Sacristans are the people who help with the background preparations for Eucharist, arranging necessary items for the presider and other ministers for each celebration.