SHARE – “Serving Helps Another & Reaps Enrichment.”
Volunteers provide a variety of services for fellow parishioners through this ministry. Informational SHARE brochures are located on the literature rack in the gathering space of the church. Please contact the indicated person if you are in need of one of these services or would like to assist your fellow parishioners through one of these ministries.
Ministries of Respite / Care
Volunteers provide non-medical care and temporary relief (respite) to family members who are caring for a loved one at home and provide reassurance phone calls and/or visits to those who live alone. Confidentiality is upheld for all concerned. Contact us if we can provide these services for you. If you are comfortable sitting with a person who is ill, just being a kind and trusted presence, or if you wish to call and/or visit those who live alone, these ministries may be for you. Catholic Charities will provide appropriate training to those who provide respite care.
A greeting card ministry offering support and encouragement to parishioners because of a hospital stay, nursing home stay, long-term illness, birth or adoption, anniversaries or for those in need of encouragement. When submitting a request, please include the parishioner’s name and address as well as the occasion or need.
Ministry of Transportation:
Ministry of Transportation:
Need a ride? Our volunteers are able to provide parishioners transportation to their doctor appointments. We will respect your privacy. We would appreciate a week’s notice before your appointment. We do not provide rides to any hospitals for outpatient procedures. Our hours are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Hospital Visitation Ministry
This ministry began in June, 2010, due to the increasing priest shortage. 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.
A spiritual ministry in which parishioners who may be restricted by age or ill health pray daily for the needs of the parish, the world and for individuals who are experiencing problems as well as pray in thanksgiving for prayers answered. They receive, by mail, a list of prayer intentions monthly. Members receive a certificate, cross and book of prayers when they are commissioned.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Formed in 2007, members meet monthly to knit and crochet, in a prayerful manner, warm, comforting shawls. The shawls are blessed when completed and distributed to parishioners in need who are suffering from an illness, a loss or a problem due to advanced age. The shawls provide a tangible way to encounter God’s love and represent the prayers of the caring community of Saint Dennis.
Social Ministry to the Homebound
Since the early 1990s, this ministry has provided outreach to parishioners and others who are experiencing the loss of a loved one through death. Two 4-week sessions, with a reunion one month later, are provided by the Grief Team each year. A “Moving through Grief” series is held in the spring and the video series “No One Cries the Wrong Way” is held in the fall. Members of the Saint Dennis Circle of Friends provide additional support to families with phone calls, visits and notes/cards for one year.