Advent and Christmas Season

Join our Family of Four Parishes for a season of hope and anticipation as we await and then celebrate the birth of our Lord. Advent can be such a beautiful, prayerful season that can help us slow down and focus on Jesus. Looking for ideas? A few recommended by our staff:

For adults:
Advent Reflections from Bishop Barron
Busted Halo Advent Calendar
Best Advent Ever with Matthew Kelly
Two Guys and a Gospel Podcast
Advent Made Simple

For families and kids:
Advent Wreath
Holy Heroes Advent Adventure
Jesse Tree

Below you will find prayer, service, and community opportunities in our Family of Four Parishes during the Advent and Christmas Season. Click on the title links to get more details about each item.

At-Home Advent Retreat

Advent is a time to prepare our hearts for our Lord, Emmanuel, which means “God-with-us.” During this pandemic and safer at home, people have been finding creative ways of using their time. The At-Home Advent Retreat was developed to offer you time to dwell in the great love that came down at Christmas. Click here to view and print the At-Home Advent Retreat Booklet. If you know someone who does not have internet access and would like a copy of this booklet, please contact Terri Balash, Director of Pastoral Care, at and one will be mailed to them.

Advent Giving Tree

Blessings on the beginning of your Advent journey! The Holiday Giving Tree at SS Peter and Paul will have a different format this year. There will be no tree with tags to choose from. Instead, gifts will be delivered directly to the recipient organizations through their Amazon wish list. We are asking for toys for the House of Peace and long underwear for St. Ben’s Community Meal. Guidelines on purchasing items can be found in the attached flyer. Thank you for your generosity!!

Christian Women “No Cookie” Sale

Making, Not Baking, the World a Better Place
The Three Holy Women Parish Christian Women are unable to safely have our annual Christmas cookie sale this year. Over the many years of the sale, we have been able to provide financial support for areas of need within the parish and in our neighboring community. In keeping with the spirit of the cookie sale, Fr. Tim has challenged us to raise sorely needed funds for our Central City parishes. To help us rise to his challenge, please complete the “order” form and return with your donation in lieu of a cookie order this year. Peace and blessings to you from the Christian Women Society! Thank you!! Click this link to take you to our “no cookie sale” flyer and order form.

Feast of St. Lucia Advent Party

December 13 is the Feast day of St. Lucia! All children are invited to join the party from 12:15 – 1:00 pm on Zoom to celebrate the feast day of St. Lucia and prepare for Christmas! We’ll make two craft projects, have a snack and listen to a story. Please RSVP by emailing Anh Clausen, Director of Family Ministry and Religious Formation, at before December 9.

An Evening in Advent with Fr. Mike Hammer

All are invited to enjoy a special virtual evening in Advent with Fr. Mike Hammer. He will share stories, poetry, and personal reflection. It’s available any time on the Cathedral’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/sz3o58ooUCM.

Christmas Masses

The Christmas Mass schedule is published on the Mass Times page. Registration is required for Christmas Mass. We will have an online Christmas Mass posted to our YouTube channel as well.

TV Christmas Masses: Midnight Mass on WISN Channel 12
WITI Fox 6 at 4:30 am and 9:00 am Christmas Day
WVTV My24 at 9:00 am Christmas Day