Human Concerns

“We are a community of believers who create an awareness of the poor and address
the causes of injustice, while providing opportunities to be blessings to each other.”

The Human Concerns Committee represents St. Joseph Parish by fulfilling our Baptismal call to serve one another. We are to serve the poor, hungry, homeless and those in need of advocacy. This is true whether we serve others in our own church, our local community, Ozaukee County, throughout our state, the United States or the world. Our committee prayerfully discerns and provides assistance and/or service to an array of organizations.

We see Human Concerns as a part of what keeps our parish alive and makes it truly Catholic. Effective outreach and social ministry helps the parish not only do more to serve others, but be more of a reflection of the gospel, of a worshiping and evangelizing people, of a faithful community. It is an essential part of our parish life.

In service of our mission statement, we focus on the “Seven Principles of Catholic Social Teaching”

  • Human Dignity
  • Call to Family Community and Participation
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Options for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity and Care for God’s Creation

Education is one of the Human Concerns Committee’s main goals, working to provide parishioners with information and formation on a variety of topics as related to Catholic Social Teaching.

Contact: Tom Michalski (262) 377-4668

Areas of Human Concerns:

Los Toros Mission

Contact: Mike Haischer 262-375-2625


Working together with our sister parish in Los Toros, Dominican Republic, we build relationships and solidarity with the residents of this small, impoverished rural village by developing and implementing projects to improve quality of life. Go to theLos Toros Mission page for more information.

St Vincent de Paul

Contact: Kitty Tector (262) 536-4334


Parishioners from St. Joseph Parish and five other area parishes form the St. Vincent de Paul Conference that identifies and serves clients in need of assistance with food, rent, utilities, medications, budgeting and/or transportation in the area. They also maintain a food pantry at St. Joseph Parish and operate the thrift store in Port Washington. Go to theSt Vincent de Paul page for more information.

St Ben’s Meal Program

Contact:  Susan Federman (262) 339-3390 /

Reaching out to share a meal and companionship, parishioners – young and old – prepare and donate the meal for St. Ben’s in Milwaukee on the first Friday of each month. Go to theSt Ben’s Meal Program page for more information.

Minister of Care

Contact:  Arlene De La Pasqua (262)618-4366

Jesus shows us by example that we should visit the sick. As a parish we encourage all to share in that ministry by visiting the sick and homebound – bringing them Communion, support and comfort.

  • Ministers of Care visit, pray with, and distribute Eucharist to our elderly, residents of assisted living homes, Lasata, Aurora Medical Center and others who are not able to attend Mass
  • Regular visits are made on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings
  • Volunteers are scheduled monthly or more frequently if your schedule permits



Prayer Shawl Ministry

Contact:  Carol Arentz (262)  375-0673 /           


             Joan Raasch (262) 618-4046/


Parishioners work together to provides hand knit or crocheted shawls to the sick and grieving, as well as hospice care facilities. They work individually in their homes, while some also gather together at the parish to talk as they work.

  • Provide hand knit or crocheted shawls to the sick, grieving families and Hospice care facilities.
  • Enjoy knitting and/or crocheting or the group will help you learn
  • Meetings—monthly on the 3rd Thursday (no meetings during summer).