The Adult Confirmation program prepares those who were baptized and received First Communion to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. Beginning in January, Adult Confirmation meets every other week until candidates are confirmed on Pentecost Sunday. Strengthened by the Holy Spirit, confirmed adults are fully initiated into the Church. Our hope is that in preparing for Confirmation, adults will learn not only about their faith, but how to live that faith as thoughtful, mature, compassionate disciples of Jesus.
New and expecting parents are invited to our monthly baptismal preparation sessions, typically held on the last Monday of the month. During these sessions, we will walk through the rite of Baptism so that parents can more fully appreciate what we are celebrating as we welcome their child into the Body of Christ – the Church – in Baptism. The role and selection of godparents as well as ongoing support for parents are also discussed. You can register for an upcoming session at tinyurl.com/baptismprep.
Beacon Moms Groups
Moms, do you need some time for yourself, to recharge and refocus on what really matters? Are you looking for support from other women on this journey of motherhood? Would you appreciate a little boost in your faith in the midst of your busy family life? Please consider joining a vibrant community of love and support in one of our five wonderful Beacon Moms Groups. These are small, friendly groups of women who meet twice a month for conversation and prayer. We offer a variety of both daytime and evening groups, as well as a Thursday morning drop-in Playgroup and a monthly Moms Night Out.
Please contact Anh Clausen, Director of Family Ministry and Religious Formation, at or 414-962-2443 for more information about connecting to this friendly community of mothers. We would love to have you join us!
Becoming Catholic (RCIA)
Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith?
Are you interested in becoming Catholic?
Are you an adult seeking First Communion and Confirmation?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we invite you to journey with us this year for the RCIA! Every year adults are welcomed into the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). RCIA is a wonderful process for learning about the Catholic faith, pursuing your faith questions, connecting with others in our faith community on a similar journey, and entering into life as a disciple of Jesus in the Catholic Church.
RCIA invites those who have never been baptized, those who may have been baptized in another Christian tradition, and those who were baptized Catholic but have not received the sacraments of first Holy Communion or Confirmation.
Meetings for RCIA are on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 pm in Old St. Mary’s Parish Center (835 N Milwaukee St). This group meets weekly September – May, with sacraments being received at the Easter Vigil. We would love to have you join us as we seek to follow Jesus together and witness to His life-giving love!
Eat, Drink and Be Catholic
Eat, Drink and Be Catholic offers women and men of all ages a casual (and hopefully friendly!) opportunity to explore the Catholic faith. Using elements from programs like Theology on Tap and RCIA, we hope to provide space for intellectual, relational and spiritual growth as well as some real community building. Our hope is that at the end of each evening, individuals not only know more but are inspired and empowered too. The format ranges from speakers and group discussion to movies and music. Drinks and appetizers are provided.
Family Justice Brigade
By putting families’ faith into action, the Family Justice Brigade will provide families opportunities to serve others in our community, to learn about social justice, and to work towards a more peaceful and just city. We are open to families of all faith backgrounds. Our families can all work together to bring about more peace and justice in our community! Please visit tinyurl.com/familyjusticebrigade to register to attend or to get more information on upcoming events. You may also contact Anh Clausen, Director of Family Ministry and Religious Formation, at or 414-962-2443.
FOCCUS is an internationally used inventory for couples preparing for marriage. It is not a test, but is rather a tool to help couples learn more about themselves and the manner in which they relate to their partner. FOCCUS and other similar inventories can be very useful for diagnosing areas of both strength and weakness in couple communication. Within our parishes, married couples serve as facilitators for this process that our engaged couples complete as part of their marriage preparation.
When was the last time you had an experience that touched your soul? If you are looking to encounter your faith in a way that challenges you, changes you, and charges you to live as a Christian in today’s world, JustFaith may be for you. JustFaith is a mind- and heart-opening journey that invites participants to encounter the Spirit of Jesus in our midst, especially in the lives of people who are poor and vulnerable. It is an opportunity to honor the call of discipleship within God’s vision of justice and reconciliation. Everyone is welcome!
Beginning with the Sunday readings, men are invited into a small group in which they can talk about how they strive to live their faith authentically. Drawing on the power of God’s Word, these men take time to reflect on what this Word is saying to their lives and to share their experiences with other men who are trying to understand and respond to God’s invitation to relationship.
“A Church which ‘goes forth’ is a Church whose doors are open…Often it is better simply to slow down, to put aside our eagerness in order to see and listen to others, to stop rushing from one thing to another and to remain with someone who has faltered along the way.” Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium
OremusMKE is an outreach ministry that seeks to literally open the doors of our churches to welcome people in. The life of our churches does not always coincide with the life of our neighborhoods. By opening our churches for prayer, adoration, music and reflection during a busy weekend night, we hope to bring people into our churches so that they can experience the power of God and the hospitality of our parish community. Pairs of people go out and invite our neighbors and passersby in to see our beautiful churches, light a candle, and spend some quiet time in prayer. All in our four-parish family are welcome to join these nights by coming to pray in the church. If you are interested in getting involved further, we are looking for volunteers to greet/welcome people at the door, to go out to invite our neighbors in to the church, and/or to assist with planning.
Reflecting on the Sunday Readings
On the first and third Mondays of each month, we invite individuals to share and reflect on the upcoming Sunday readings. In a small group setting, we break open God’s Word, allowing it to speak to our lives and to challenge us to grow in our understanding of who God is, who we are, and who God is calling us to be.
SPRED (Special Religious Development)
SPRED, Special Religious Development, is a small faith community in our parish that includes people with special needs. It combines both religious education and community building. SPRED is an intuitive model grounded in relationships and the use of symbol. The goal of this symbolic method is to develop a sense of the sacred, the sense of Christ and a sense of Church.
A relationship with God is accessible to all. Friendship is the human experience closest to understanding the presence of God in life. By calling to mind life experiences and sharing these experiences in a circle of friendship, the small community of faith becomes aware of the sacredness of all life and then returns to daily life changed.
Three Holy Women serves a group of youth age 11-16 years old; SS Peter & Paul serves a group of adolescents age 17-21; Our Lady of Divine Providence serves a group of adults age 22 and older. If you know someone with special needs who may benefit from SPRED, if you would like to be a part our SPRED group at Saints Peter and Paul, or if you simply want to know more about SPRED, contact our parish chairperson, Helen Bolgrien, at 414-322-3412 or . You may also visit spredmilwaukee.org.
Theology on Tap
Theology on Tap is a summer speaker series in July for young adults, married and single, in their 20s and 30s. Our family of parishes collaborates with the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and the Milwaukee Young Adult Ministry (MYAM) in hosting Theology on Tap on Tuesday evenings in the Cathedral’s Atrium (812 N Jackson St).
Visit brewcitycatholic.com for more information on Theology on Tap and other opportunities for 20 and 30 somethings! Follow us on Instagram @brewcitycatholic
UPLIFT Family Formation Program
“Uniting People Living in Faith and Truth” (UPLIFT) Family Formation Program is the religious education program serving the parents and children of Old St. Mary, Our Lady of Divine Providence, SS. Peter and Paul, Three Holy Women, and the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Our program is designed to support and equip PARENTS to be the primary educators of the faith for their children and assist and UPLIFT families to live in the fullness of our Catholic faith as disciples and followers of Jesus Christ.
UPLIFT Families meetings will be entirely online using Zoom until we are able to safely meet as a group and families are comfortable meeting in person. We offer the program on two different days of the week: the Wednesday evening program (6:30-7:30 pm) and the Sunday morning program (10:30-11:30 am). You will choose either the Wednesday or Sunday Program. The content of both programs will be identical.
Each year we focus our teaching on one of the Four Pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The idea is that if a child begins our program in K5 or 1st grade and stays until 8th grade, the child will have covered the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church two times and thus deepening his/her understanding of the faith. The Four Pillars are: the Sacraments, the Creed (what we believe), Christian Prayer, and Life of Jesus (morality). Last year all families learned about the seven Sacraments and this year the focus will be on learning and practicing – prayer. We hope to deepen your families’ understanding and experience of the different prayer practices in our faith. We will continue to use the Family of Faith book series published by Sophia Institute Press and families will receive a Child’s Activity Book and Parent Book to use during the meetings.
First Reconciliation and First Communion:
Children in 2nd grade receive these additional sacramental preparation opportunities to deepen their understanding and love for the sacraments: First Reconciliation Workshop (Jan/Feb), First Communion Retreat (March), and First Communion Rehearsal & Banner Making (April). Children are expected to attend all sacramental preparation activities with at least one parent/guardian.
To register for UPLIFT Families go to tinyurl.com/2020upliftfamilies and complete one registration form for your family. The registration deadline is September 11.
For more information on UPLIFT Families, contact Anh Clausen, Director of Family Ministry and Religious Formation, or 414-962-2443.
UPLIFT Teens is a program for all High Schoolers, including students preparing for Confirmation. Meetings will be twice a month on Zoom, once on Wednesdays and once on Sundays, until we can meet safely as a group in person. Please register at tinyurl.com/upliftteen2020.
UPLIFT Young Adults
“Uniting People Living in Faith and Truth” (UPLIFT) Family Formation Program is the Family of Four Parishes new formation program for all ages. With that, we are excited to kickstart a young adult aspect to connect with each other, meet some new people, and enjoy a spiritual conversation and reflection. UPLIFT Young Adults will meet monthly, only for an hour, and is typically (but not always) on Sunday mornings after the 9:30 am Saints Peter and Paul Mass. Come for some refreshments, a chance to meet new young adults, and grow deeper in faith together! See our dates and RSVP at tinyurl.com/upliftyoungadults.