Community Outreach

When we think of community at Saint Dennis, we think of getting involved in the world – both inside and outside the parish. From mission trips to Belize to getting involved in the Boy Scouts, the community-building at Saint Dennis is broad and wide. Find something that appeals to your interest in reaching out to help the wider community.

Saint Dennis Parish Organizations and Activities Community Ministry

Community Outreach


Belize (Lighthouse Ministries)

Deacon David Hendrickson has led a mission trip to Belize each fall for many years, and the results of our Saint Dennis work are both spiritual and physical, including a fully operational school that we built! Parishioners join in the Lord’s work of serving those less fortunate while also growing deeper in their own faith, awareness and service to others. Contact Deacon David Hendrickson.


Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts

These groups offer character development and values-based leadership training through responsible fun and adventure. Scouting instills lifetime values and develops ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law; trains young people in citizenship, service and leadership; serves America’s communities and families with its quality, values-based programs.

Contact: Mark Rodwell at (630) 487-6342


Community Action Commission

The Community Action Commission — composed of SHARE and Community Outreach ministries — establishes hospitality, fellowship and goodwill in serving the needs of both our parishioners and community, and provides opportunities for parish members to serve by meeting the needs of the infirm, aged, disadvantaged or underprivileged of the parish and the community at large.

Contact Kathy Saunders at (608) 222-9558 or the Parish Office:  or (608) 246-5124


EXCEL Ministry: Okolona, Mississippi

EXCEL of Mississippi is a nonprofit community service corporation that offers educational and community programs. Visits are made each June by a group of Saint Dennis parishioners. The volunteers assist with special classes and field trips for children; help in the resale store and perform construction and repairs as needed.

Contact Mary McCool at (608) 222-8564


Girl Scouts

An informal, educational organization in which girls are encouraged to build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with trained and dedicated leaders, girls develop qualities which will serve them all of their lives, such as strong values, a social conscience and the conviction of their own potential and self-worth.

Contact: Abby Beyerl at (608) 237-1150


Hospital Visitation Ministry

Volunteers visit and offer support to hospitalized parishioners at Madison hospitals. Spiritual support with prayer and/or Eucharist is a part of the visit. The parish SHARE Ministry is explained and patient needs for the Ministry’s services upon discharge are determined during the visit. Please let us know if you are going to be hospitalized, know a parishioner who is hospitalized or would like to be part of the Hospital Visitation team.

Contact M. Jane Baszynski at (608) 661-4446;
Kathy Lulling at (608) 222-2786.


Knights of Columbus

An organization for Catholic men ages eighteen and older committed to exemplifying charity, fraternity, patriotism, and the support of religious vocations. A Knights of Columbus council can work wonders; in fact, with its many programs, it can help change the community, town, city or neighborhood in which you live.

Contact: Rick Raulin at (608) 628-0973
Field Agent: Luke Meinholz, FICF at (608) 230-6740

Knightly News | July 2020