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Catholic Community of Waukesha

Through the Latino ministry, the parish community is serving the Hispanic community in a holistic way, helping with both the spiritual and physical needs of their parishioners.

Coronavirus Emergency Fund

Catholic Community of Waukesha

In her role as the Director of Latino Ministry for the parishes of the Catholic Community of Waukesha, Juana Avila-Palacios offers pastoral formation to Hispanic families. The program helps parents respond to the Church’s call to be the “first and foremost educators of their children."

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, parish staff began calling parishioners to check on them. Juana reached out to Latino parishioners at St. Joe’s. She started hearing stories about those who were out of work or having their work hours reduced. Many families are not eligible for other programs because they do not have a Social Security number. “There is an overwhelming need,” shared Juana. People are seeking help to pay their rent or mortgage, to buy food for their family and to ensure internet access for their children to continue their schoolwork at home.

“It’s been a learning experience,” Juana explained. Through this ministry, the parish community is now serving the Hispanic community in a holistic way, helping with both the spiritual and physical needs of their parishioners.  In May, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Coronavirus Emergency Fund provided a $1,000 grant to the Catholic Community of Waukesha.

With the grant, the parish is able to provide groceries, gift cards and financial assistance to immigrant families in need.

“There’s a lot of worry,” Juana explained. Juana shared that many of those they are reaching out to have no options. They are desperate and didn’t have any hope.

In thanking donors to the Emergency Fund, Juana shared the impact the contributions have made through the distribution of food and financial help. ““You can’t believe how relieved they are. You have made a huge difference. You have given them hope. Seeing someone bring them something, brings them hope.”

Juana believes that even at a time when we are missing Mass and missing the sacraments, we are building community. Your donation “is bringing people to Christ. They encounter Christ in the gift.”

As one of the parishioners who received a supply of groceries told Juana, “Today, an angel came to my door.”

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If you are able, please consider making a donation now to help alleviate the growing financial hardship caused by the pandemic in our area.

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Does your ministry need support?

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has created a Coronavirus Emergency Fund to help alleviate the financial hardship caused by the outbreak. This fund will support ministries serving those in need who have been negatively affected by the pandemic.

Please complete this brief application to receive funding consideration from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Coronavirus Emergency Fund.

 

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