Christian Service & Responsibility

In witnessing to Christ’s message of love and compassion,
the Christian Service and Responsibility Committee of Stella Maris Parish
is called on to engage our parish community in works of charity, pastoral care and social justice.  Our goal is to plan, motivate and facilitate a parish response
to serve those in need of service and advocacy.


How We Make a Difference

The committee provides funds and financial support to individuals in the area who are in need of assistance with the necessities of life, as well as to several Door County Service Organizations and Charities such as:

  •             Larsen Boys & Girls Club, Fish Creek Site
  •             Open Door Adult Day Services
  •             Neighbor-to-Neighbor
  •             The Northern Door Children’s Center
  •             JAK’s Place
  •             Hispanic Resource Center
  •             HELP of Door County
  •             Scandia Village
  •             Loaves and Fishes Dinner
  •             Feed my People -  Power of One 
  •             Habitat for Humanity
  •             Special Olympics
  •             Gibraltar Schools Fund
  •             Ministry Door County Dental Clinic - on behalf of Sevastopol School
  •             Catholic Foundation - selected projects
  •             Africa orphanage in Benin
  •             YAP Fund - Assistance for young mothers
  •             Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Literacy Program
  •             TAPS Military Survivor Grief Camp for Kids
  •             Door Community Foundation for GO BO Fund
  •             Stella Maris, Africa site
  •             Secret Santa Program
  •             We Are Hope, Sturgeon Bay       

The Respect Life Activities Group addresses Pro-Life issues, promoting the value of life from conception to death through education, care and service, advocacy for public laws and prayer; and will be developing a Respect Life resource guide for parish.

We have also moved forward and established the Health & Wellness Ministry, a sub-committee of CSR, whose goal, in collaboration with other Northern Door churches,  is to recognize and respectfully address the health and wellness needs of our community members – body, mind and spirit. See the “Health & Wellness Ministry” Tab under "Parish Ministries" for further information. 

Over the last two years our allocation  to the Green Bay Diocesan Catholic Foundation/World Mission Services was spent as follows:

**  OXEN IN ZAMBIA  - One oxen for $200;
**  WATER FOR ZAMBIA - A donation of $256 for water for 320 people;
**  SEWING MACHINE, CHITTOON, INDIA - Two sewing machines for $150 - (See THANK YOU below)
              - Through this program, food, shelter and classes are provided daily for 5 and 6 year olds
                 to prepare them for the primary education programs

Also through the generosity of our parishioners, our donations continue to support an orphanage in Benin, Africa to provide the nuns and young girls at an orphanage with the funds necessary to build a water tower and install a pump on their well, thereby enabling them to plant their land, sell the surplus crops and sell water for additional income, which will help the orphanage become self-sufficient.


In the future, we will continue these activities and explore other ways of continuing our Christian mission of helping others and expanding our parish’s role in social justice issues.  


Again this year, we will be participating in the OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOX PROJECT.  Pick up a brochure at church to see what is needed.  Green bins will be placed at each church site to collect filled shoe boxes during the month of October.  The 9th Grade Faith Formation youth will pack the boxes in late October, and after they are blessed by Father Ruby, they will be delivered to the relay site, the Baptist Church in Sturgeon Bay, for shipping and delivery.  PLEASE CONSIDER PARTICIPATING IN THIS VERY WORTHY PROJECT!


>>  2014 MISSION TRIP: John 15:8   -  "This is to my Father’s glory,
                                                                                  That you bear much fruit,
                                                                                                  Showing yourselves to be my disciples

A GROUP OF 13 HAD THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME!  We stayed at the Su Casa Catholic Worker House in Chicago, cooking, cleaning and helping out in any way we could.  We also cooked and helped out at several Soup Kitchens on the grounds, volunteered time at the Chicago Food Depository and met with the people at Precious Blood Ministry.  A trip we will most certainly never forget.  We hope to continue more trips such as this in the coming year.  Please consider volunteering your time to paraticipating in an experience that will truly touch your heart.  The following is a note we received from Meghan, a volunteer living at Su Casa:

 Hi Jan,

On behalf of the entire Su Casa community, I would like to extend an enormous THANK YOU to the incredible efforts and joy that your group brought to us during your stay a couple weeks ago. Your group was among the most motivated, hard working and genuinely present groups we have had visit. We can’t thank you enough for your willingness to help and your warm presence in our community! You have made quite a positive impact on our house, guests and workers.

Thanks again!


IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, call Jan Liss at (920) 839-2630 or speak with any committee member.


 How You Can Help

Our need is great -- the poor economy has had the effect of reducing our funding for the coming year.  You can always drop a check (made out to Stella Maris) in the collection basket and noting "For CSR" in the memo, or you can direct it to a specific project, such as Nor Door Adult Day Services, JAK’S Place, or any charity that touches your heart!  Or, if you give to the parish ELECTRONICALLY, go to the website to made a separate donation to the CSR COMMITTEE .... JUST A CLICK WILL DONATE.

The generosity of each of you helps to supplement the contribution received from the Stella Maris budget. This year we will continue to support the following:

The "Loaves and Fishes" meal – we serve over 80 each month; the Feed My People Collection; Funding for JAK’s Place, Hispanic Resource Center, HELP of Door County, Neighbor to Neighbor, Northern Door Children Center, Nor Door Adult Day Services, Scandia Village, Habitat for Humanity, the Boys and Girls Club, Special Olympics, Gibraltar School fund, Ministry DC Dental Clinic, and the Catholic Foundation.

We continue to support the Backpack Buddy programs that provide supplies, clothing and snacks for the weekend to children in need, and our Respect Life subcommittee continues to keep us aware of social issues relevant to us.

Our support for individuals in need grew dramatically this past year. It will be an even bigger portion of our financial allocation in the coming year.

Our Health and Wellness Committee continued to grow this year. They now provide many services to our parish and community through their support and participation in the Northern Door Health and Wellness Ministry. Activities include:

> Blood pressure screenings are offered before and after masses and at the Loaves and Fishes meal.
> Presenting educational programs through monthly CHIP presentations to the community.
> Providing educational information on Health and Wellness in the weekly bulletin.
> Offering transportation to parish functions for those in need. 

We welcome anyone who would like to share their time, talent and treasure in our efforts.  Please join us at one of our committee meetings to learn more.  Generally, meetings are held once a month on a Tuesday evening and are always posted in the Bulletin under "Calendar Happenings".




Painless Ways to Donate

 1. SAVE YOUR CANCELLED STAMPS - An article in theCompass written by Sr. Jane Barmen, SDS from St Nazianz reaffirmed that money is scarce these days, but she has found an easy and painless way to help the missions.   Just save your cancelled stamps!    Just cut or tear the stamps from the envelopes leaving at least one-quarter inch of paper around them and send them to her. As a parish, we will have a manila envelope on the bulletin board at the church entrances for you to drop in your stamps. Periodically the stamps will be gathered from the churches and then sent to Sister Jane. That’s all you have to do. As an inspiration, Sr. Jane said that from June, 2010 to June, 2011 there were enough stamps collected that earned $1,090.00 to send to the missions. With so much mail coming and going between family and friends,  this wold be a good time to get started on this new venture. Remember, those cancelled stamps are worth lots of money for the missions!

2.  ROSARIES NEEDED  - The office of World Mission Services is in need of new or used rosaries (in good condition-no broken rosaries please), for distribution to missionaries in the field.  Please send or bring your donations to the office and they will be taken to the Diocese.  *Financial donations to help defray the shipping costs for these rosaries are always appreciated.  Monetary donations can be sent to:  World Mission Services,  PO Box 22128, Green Bay WI 54305-2128 (Memo:  for postage)


From Week to Week, Let’s Not Forget ....

  • "You can do something I can’t do.  I can do something you can’t do.  Together let us do something beautiful for God" -  Mother Theresa 
  • RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS:   Hold the door open, Return a cart, or Why not make a meal for someone, just as a thoughtful gesture, Visit someone in a Nursing Home
  • "Life’s too short not to tell the people you love how you feel.  Say it…and say it often. Oh, and start with God". - from Tweet Inspiration
  • Gratitude helps us to love God and neighbor.  Today try not to complain or be negative.  Say a prayer of thanksgiving instead!

>> HELP US TO HELP YOU!  If you are experiencing financial difficulty, we need to help you!  Call and speak with Father Ruby.

>> POWER OF ONE FOOD COLLECTION - The summer months are some of the leanest months for food donations to Feed My People. Let’s change that this summer and start bringing food donations to church on a regular basis.  If we write P1 (Power of One) on our grocery list each week we can get in the habit.

Respect Life Report



~ Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship


The Catholic Bishops of the United States are pleased to re-propose to its’ people Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, its’ teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents the continuing teaching of the Bishops’ Conference and the guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. They urge Catholic pastors and people to continue to use this important statement to help them form their consciences, to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue, and to shape their choices in the coming election in the light of Catholic teaching. 




Go to the Christian Service & Responsibility Section under the "Catholic Links" tab on the Parish Website for DIRECT links to the following:












                Words of Thanks

                AUGUST, 2014

                ~Hi Jan

                A big THANK YOU  to your and your group for coming over to Golden House yesterday!  You all did a fantastic job of jumping in wherever needed, and we truly appreciate your support and service to the women and children staying in shelter.  The place is a bit more sparkly thanks to you!!

                Thank you, Dina

                JULY, 2014

                ~ Dear Friends:

                Through Missionhurst-CICM we just received the marvelous donation of $250 from your parish community intended for the feeding program for school children.

                We want to thank you very much for your generosity that will bear so much fruit in allowing the more than 100 recipients from a nearby public high school to continue having a simple but nutritional lunch every school day throughout the school year.

                The school administration recognizes the great benefits of this program, as the drop-out rate of students had diminished very much, the attention span of the students during classes has increased and also the discipline among the students within the school compound has improved.  These are really very positive developments that help those indigent students who, in the past, came to school without having any breakfast at home and just took a little snack at school for lunch.

                In the name of those students, allow me to thank all of you once again and we assure you of our prayers for your personal intentions.

                May the Lord bless all of you abundantly!

                Fr. John Couvreur, CICM
                Parish Priest

                JUNE, 2014

                ~ Dear Stella Maris Parish:

                On behalf of the residents and staff at good Samaritan-Scandia Village, thank you for your donation towards our organization  ...  We appreciate your willingness to help us, thoughtfulness and on-going support.  This gift will make an impact in the lives of our residents and greater community.

                Gratefully Yours,

                the Residents and Staff at
                Good Samaritan -- Scandia Village

                MAY, 2014

                ~ Dear Members of the Stella Maris Service Committee:

                Thank you so much for being a part of the Friends of Haiti Family.  We who do not go to Haiti help make it possible for those who do go to get the work done.

                I will include the latest report on the home water filters that have been in 59 homes for about 4 months.  We are closely monitoring this group of homes to make sure that we go forward to the next group in the best way possible.

                Let’s all give thanks that so many are able to help in so many ways to make life better for our neighbors whose country is so close and whole challenges are so many!

                In hope and peace,

                Joan D. Hogan, Friends of Haiti Inc.

                ~Dear Fr. Ruby:

                On behalf of all the members of the Fraternity in Guatemala and around the world I would like to say thank you for your recent gift to the Fraternity in support of our poultry project at the seminary in Guatemala.  For us this is an experiment in sustainability as well as providing an opportunity to teach our minor seminaraians some additional life skills.  We will remember your intentions at all of the Masses celebrated by our priests and this is a promise for you and your parish family.

                God bless you forever and may Mary, Help of Christians, protect you always.

                Fraternally yours,

                P. Fabian Rodas, fmm

                General Superior, Missionary Fraternity of Mary, Ltd.

                DECEMBER, 2013

                ~ Dear Stella Maris Parish,

                Thank you so mucg for your donation to Door county Secret Santa.  Because of caring, generous people just like you, we are steps closer to helping numerous Door County families with their winter heating needs. 

                Best wishes for a warm and wonderful Holiday season. 

                Door County Secret Santa Elves


                AUGUST, 2013

                ~ Dear Rev. Fr. Ruby:

                Greetings to you.  I am happy to write this letter and express my gratitude to you for your support for the sewing machines which we received in the month of June.  I really appreciate your kindness.  I have purchased two sewing machines for the amount and given to the two girls who completed the program in our center.  The girls also express their gratitude to you and your committee for your generous support.

                We, the staff and the students in the center, keep you and your committee members in our prayers and pray for you all.  Once again, thank you.

                 Yours sincerely,

                Rev. Anthony Boothali

                                                                                 (See pictures in photo gallery)


                UPDATE FROM BENIN:

                What a difference a year makes!  In just over a year, the generous people of Stella Maris have provided food, education, mosquito nets, shoes, Christmas presents, and, of course, a water tower and pump to the nuns and the young girls at the orphanage in Ke’tou.   In this short time, the nuns have come FROM not knowing where they were going to get the money to buy the next meal for the girls TO farming and irrigating their own gardens and crops. They now have everything they need to plant their land, sell the surplus crops AND sell water to passers-by on the road, (resulting in an additional $5.00 per day...very exciting!).  They will be generating a steady income to invest back into the orphanage, and are well on their way to becoming self-sufficient!  Enjoy the pictures --- feel the joy in their hearts!  THANK YOU, AGAIN, STELLA MARIS!!!



                To our Benefactors:

                We are completely happy to write you. We, the Sisters of the Oblate Catechist - Little Servants of the Poor of the community of Ke’tou have the joy to thank you with all our hearts for your gesture of love that you have shown through your aid.  It has greatly helped us; and thanks to it, we have been able to survive, spending the funds on corn, beans, yams and rice.

                We also thank you for your contribution to the current project which will enable us to take charge of ourselves, for to whom one gives a fish, one teaches him to fish for his autonomy.  Thank you, and may the Lord fill you with all his blessings.

                Here are three of our hand-made items that we send you as a token of our appreciation.  Please receive them to have an idea of what we teach our girls. 

                Please receive this expression of our deep thanks with the assurance of our humble prayers.  God bless you all!

                                                                                      The Sisters OCLSP of Ke’tou
                in union with the girls in difficult situations




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