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Social Justice/Outreach

Peace and Justice Book Club
The parish’s Peace and Justice Book Club was launched during the fall of 2008.
Click here to go to the Book Club Page.

Luke House Meal Serving
Parishioners supply and serve the meal at Luke House, 310 South Ingersoll Street, Madison, on the second Wednesday of each month.  Luke House is dedicated to serving the needs of low-income and homeless people in Madison and to bringing people together in fellowship.

The parish group meets at Luke House between 4:30 PM and 5:30 PM to set tables and prepare the meal.  The meal is served between 5:45 PM and 6:30 PM.  Cleanup is usually completed by 7:00 PM.  Please call the Parish Office for further information or to donate food and/or to work.

Luke House Easter Baskets
Each year, on our Lenten Journey, the entire parish has a wonderful opportunity to help the less fortunate.  During each of the six weeks of Lent, we are asked to donate items that will make up an “Easter Basket” for approximately 200 people in need.  The list of requested items is always available just before Ash Wednesday.  The Easter baskets are assembled on Palm Sunday.  They are distributed at the Luke House Easter Sunday meal.  Please call the Parish Office at 608/249-9256 x229 for more information.

Ministry to the Homebound
Our parish has a list of parishioners who are in nursing homes, and those that are homebound.  Parishioners volunteer to visit these individuals, one-on-one, on the first Friday of every month.  Please contact the Parish Office at 608/249-9256 x229 for more information on how to become involved.

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul strives to serve the needy with food, clothing, housing, caring and guidance. Our parish conference assists them in their efforts by participating in various programs such as: monthly food collections, monetary donations. Chirstmas Giving Tree (for disadvantaged children), Bundle Sunday clothing drive and Recycle the Warmth blanket drive.

Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry Support
The Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry servies people needing assistance with food.  Saint Bernard Parish has a team of volunteers to help stock the food pantry shelves and host their customers one day per week or month.  The store is located at 2033 Fish Hatchery Road in Madison.  Please contact the Parish Office at 608/249-9256 x221 for more information.

Nursing Home Services
Prayer services and visits are provided to area care facilities on a monthly basis in conjunction with Saint Dennis, Saint Peter and Immaculate Heart of Mary parishes.  Anyone interested in helping with the Word and Communion Service should contact the Parish Office at 608/249-9256 x229 for more information.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Saint Bernard Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry provides a comforting means of extending God’s love to those in need of prayers for the caring community of Saint Bernard.  This ministry meets on the second Thursday morning of the month to knit and/or crochet and connect as a group.  Completed shawls and lap wraps are blessed by our pastor and are distributed to those in need.  Specific outreach by the group has included the Veteran’s Hospital and women & children in transition.  Please contact the Parish Office at 608/249-9256 x229 for more information.

Crafts ‘n Chat
Saint Bernard Parish Crafts ‘n Chat is a group of ladies who get together for the good of the soldiers and shut-ins of our community.  The group makes small crafted gifts for the shut-ins and crafts greeting cards from used greeting cards to send to the shut-ins for their birthdays and Christmas.  They also send crafted cards for Easter and Christmas to our soldiers overseas and craft thank you cards and get well cards for the soldiers at the Veteran’s Administration (VA) Hospital here in Madison.  The group meets every Wednesday from September to May at 1:00 PM in the Parish Center.  Anyone is invited to come to any gathering.  There is no ongoing membership obligation, just the love of extending comfort and remembrance to the soldiers and shut-ins of our community.  The group also welcomes any used greeting cards, used postage stamps and any manufacturer’s coupons (no store coupons) that can be up to a month old.  Any of these items may be sent to the Parish Office.