Social Concerns Ministry

What is the Social Concerns Ministry?
The Social Concerns Ministry is a group of parishioners committed to putting their faith into action in a way that will foster pastoral concern and promote social justice and peace for the people in our community and the world. SCM is an extension of the Parish Council and works jointly with the Green Bay Diocese and other social concerns efforts.


Nativity Social Concerns Ministry Objective / Mission Statement
Providing opportunities for parishioners to put the social teachings of the church into action.

Welcoming New Members
All parishioners are invited to join us in our ministry. We meet 7 - 9 times per year on the second Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm for updates from the various activity leaders and members. This is a great opportunity for us to be the hands and feet of Christ. Time commitment is your decision.  Some members come to the meetings to try to find their calling.  No commitment is required.  Contact the parish office at 920-499-5156 or


Current Members

Julie Ebben-Matzke Chair Person
Deb Bundra St. John's Food Pantry / Ecumenical Partnership for Housing
Kim Appleton NEW Community Shelter / Right to Life / Angel Tree
Karen Palluconi Nursing Home, Assisted Living & Homebound Parishioners / Parish Council Rep.
Brian Luchs Knights of Columbus Rep.
Bernie Selk St. Vincent de Paul, SCM Secretary
Paula Jolly Prison Ministry, Joshua Rep

Ad Hoc leaders

Chris Thetreau Habitat for Humanity
Julie Jenquin Giving Tree
Andrea Pasqualucci  Back to School Store / Ashcares
Ken Bukowski  Prison Ministry


Current Ministries

Ashcares Loads of Love
Brown County Coalition Nativity Christmas Giving Tree/Angel Tree
CRS Rice Bowl Collection NEW Community Shelter
Ecumenical Partnership for Housing Recognition of Veterans
Feed My Starving Children Rosebud Collection  
Habitat for Humanity St. John's Food Pantry
Knights of Columbus St. Vincent de Paul

Every day, children come to school without their basic needs being met. Ashwaubenon Cares (or AshCares), sponsored by Ashwaubenon Family Resource Centers, has been established to provide families the opportunity to help each other. AshCares is a network of people who receive notification via email when an Ashwaubenon student or family is in need. Items requested may be as simple as 4T pants or winter boots and can be new or gently used. These items are collected from parishioners. Donation receipts will be issued upon request.

Back to School Store
School supplies are collected for children in the Ashwaubenon community who are in need. 

Ecumenical Partnership for Housing
EPH is a volunteer-based organization. We are a partnership of 20 area churches and The Salvation Army. Together we give homeless families the safe, nurturing environments, case management, budget counseling, and other resources needed to forge a positive life path toward personal and familial stability. The program's success relies entirely on the generosity of people sharing their time and financial resources to help lift up these families. EPH receives no public funding. Donations of all household items and furniture in good condition are appreciated. The homes need volunteers to clean and do minor repairs when a family moves out to prepare the home for a new family. You can volunteer as many or as few hours as you would like. Please contact Deb Bundra at 920-366-2317.

Feed My Starving Children
FMSC offers volunteers a one-of-a-kind experience.  You'll hand pack rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags which are then sealed, boxed, placed on pallets and shipped to our incredible partners working hard to reach the neediest children around the world.  Through volunteering at FMSC, you'll get the chance to impact hundreds of kids in just two hours per packing shift.  You'll experience what it's like to make a tangible difference today. Feed My Starving Children meals are produced by volunteers in Minnesota, Illinois, Arizona and all over the United States through MobilePack events.

Habitat for Humanity
Great Green Bay Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God's love into action by building homes, communities and hope.  GGBHFH is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

Nativity Christmas Giving Tree
Our Giving Tree Ministry provides an item of necessity and a toy to children in need, middle school and younger who are residents of Ashwaubenon, current Parish members or enrolled in Ashwaubenon schools. This is possible because of generous donations from parish members either buying gifts or giving cash donations.  We also provide gifts to parish members who are homebound, in nursing homes and in assisted living facilities.  We also donate money to the Brown County Community Treatment Center for gifts.  We are again working in conjunction with the Ashwaubenon School District to reach children who would benefit from this program. If you would like to be served by this program and are a Nativity Parish member or Ashwaubenon resident, but are not enrolled in Ashwaubenon schools, we invite you to contact the parish office at 499-5156.

The Angel Tree ministry provides a Christmas gift for children whose parents are incarcerated.

NEW Community Shelter Monthly Meal for the Homeless:
Our parish provides a meal on the fourth Saturday of the month (with the exception of December) at the NEW Community Shelter in Green Bay.  Volunteers transport the food to the shelter, warm and serve the food to approximately 150-200 people in need.  We serve a warm meal of chicken, mashed potatoes, beans, fruit and dessert.  Volunteers are always needed and welcome.  Please join us in the much needed outreach ministry.  Please call the parish office or email for further information or to volunteer.

Respect Life
Catholics are called to renew their personal commitment to defend all human life, especially the most vulnerable members of the human family. During this Respect Life Month, as we celebrate God’s great gift of life, let us pray and reflect on how each of us might renew our commitment to this gift. Stop in the Narthex in October to reflect and enjoy the pictures and items on display supporting and giving thanks to God for the gift of human life. 

St. John's Food Pantry
Donated food is collected from parishioners and put into the shopping cart in the Narthex.  Items are then weighed, counted and brought to St. John's Food Pantry in Ashwaubenon for the needy.

St. Vincent de Paul Society
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organizations dedicated to ministering to the poor and to those in temporary need.  Help is offered to all regardless of any religious affiliation.  We are a person-to-person ministry that sees the face of Christ in the faces of those who are suffering.  Services provided include temporary help with rent, utilities, clothing, household items, medical and food.  Education tuition scholarships are available for Catholic elementary and secondary schools as well as public and private technical schools and colleges.  St. Vincent de Paul sponsors shelters for the homeless, including Ozamam House, House of Hope for expectant and young mothers, and DePaul Homes.  The main retail store is located in Green Bay and is open to the public.  Paul's Pantry, also in Green Bay, distributes food for persons with income below the government poverty line. 

St. Vincent de Paul Conference Members visit the homes of those in need to bring them food, financial assistance or sometimes, simply to listen.  The parish conference is a collaborative effort between Nativity Parish and currently meets on the second Wednesday of every months at 6:30 pm in the Lison Room.

Tools for School
Nativity of our Lord Parish is a collection point for items for the “Tools for School” program. This program occurs annually in August at The Salvation Army who provides school supplies for children in kindergarten through 12th grade.


2270 S. Oneida Street
Green Bay, WI 54304
Office hours:
8 am to 4 pm - Mon. to Thu.
8 am to Noon - Fri.
Office: (920) 499-5156
Fax: (920) 429-9285



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