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.

Saint Dennis Parish SHARE – “Serving Helps Another & Reaps Enrichment.”

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.

Contact: Nancy Onken at (608) 244-7480

Sunshine Ministry

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.

Darlene Woldt at (608) 222-2125
Colleen Cotter at (608) 240-1776

Rosary & Social Ministry

Volunteers visit the elderly or lead the rosary to enable the residents of local nursing and rehabilitation facilities to feel a part of the Saint Dennis faith community.

M. Jane Baszynski at (608) 661-4446
Ellie Zirbel at (608) 241-7863

Ministry of Transportation:
Weekend Mass

Volunteers provide rides to weekend Mass for parishioners in need of transportation while respecting their safety and dignity. The volunteer usually provides this service once a month.

Linda Stolzenburg at (608) 866-3877
Corrine Crowley at (608) 222-6475
Mary Joyce at (608) 221-3062

Ministry of Transportation:
Medical Appointments

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.

Ellie Zirbel at (608) 241-7863
Kathy Saunders at (608) 222-9558

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.

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

Prayer Ministry

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.

Saint Dennis Prayers
Colleen Martine at (608) 800-2051 or
Sylvia Havey at (608) 222-3056

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.

Mary Kay Thompson at (608) 249-0566
Ginny Fox at (608) 244-6879
Ann Peterson at (608) 244-2376

Minor Home Repair Ministry

A ministry designed to help senior citizens or people on fixed incomes maintain their homes. Repairs may include plumbing, storm doors, electrical work, etc.

Matt Darga at (608) 222-7539

Food / Meal Ministry

Meals are coordinated and provided following a recent hospitalization; during extensive medical treatment or in another emergency.

Tricia Mitmoen at (608) 221-3647
Vern Maiers at (608) 222-4079

Social Ministry to the Homebound

Visit and bring Communion to homebound parishioners and those in assisted living facilities. Frequency depends on the wants of the person. Simple training is provided for those who wish to perform this service.

Kathy Regez at (608) 228-6843
Corrine Crowley at (608) 222-6475

Sunday Communion to the Nursing Homes Ministry

Saint Dennis offers Communion on Sundays to the residents of local nursing and rehabilitation facilities. Parishioners began providing this service in the 1970s.

Mary Pronschinske at (608) 221-4702
Linda Stolzenburg at (608) 886-3877

Word & Communion Service to Nursing Homes Ministry

Saint Dennis offers Word and Communion (a scriptural prayer service with Communion) to the residents of local nursing and rehabilitation facilities on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 3:00 pm.

Deacon David Hendrickson at (608) 246-5129

Grief Ministry

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.

Karen Wolf at (608) 222-0323
Kathy Saunders at (608) 222-9558
Patti Metcalf at (608) 222-2173
Pam Martin at (608) 223-0147