Events

Mar
1
Mon
Virtual Food Drive
Mar 1 – Mar 31 all-day

We know that our parishioners are incredibly dedicated to supporting the ongoing ministry of the Riverwest Food Pantry. Although the pandemic has required the cancellation of all food drives for RWFP (including the physical donation of the “Item of the Week” at our parish Masses), we would like to support the Community of Generosity with a Virtual Food Drive! It’s easy! Instead of purchasing your Item of the Week and bringing it with you to Mass, all you have to do is visit https://yougivegoods.com/familyoffourparishes-march, click on your parish, and then SHOP! It really is that easy… and will have a lasting impact on supporting the needs of our neighbors. Let’s see what we can do! If you have any questions, please contact Laura Hancock at . Thank you for your generous giving!!

Mar
4
Thu
A Virtual Evening in Lent with Fr. Mike Hammer
Mar 4 – Mar 31 all-day

“Where Do You Think the Way of the Cross Goes?”

This year, all are invited to enjoy a special virtual evening in Lent with Fr. Mike as he shares stories, poetry, and personal reflection.

The video is available any time at https://vimeo.com/512244376.

Mar
6
Sat
Caregivers Support Group
Mar 6 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

The Caregivers Support Group meets once a month and our next scheduled date is Saturday, March 6 from 8:00 – 10:00 am. Caregivers need care too! When we allow others to support us, we will find we can do much more in supporting and encouraging those who are in our care. Please consider joining our Caregivers Support Group and let us help!

We are currently meeting on Zoom, so registration is needed. Please contact Terri Balash, Director of Pastoral Care, at  if you plan on attending or need further information.

Mar
7
Sun
UPLIFT Families Sunday Program
Mar 7 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

“Uniting People Living in Faith and Truth” (UPLIFT) Family Formation Program is our 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.

REGISTRATION:
To register for UPLIFT Families go to tinyurl.com/2020upliftfamilies and complete one registration form for your family.

Email or call 414-962-2443 with additional questions.

Mar
8
Mon
Lent Book Study (Evening Option)
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This Lent, our Family of Four Parishes will be hosting two online book studies as we explore our theme, “Possibility of Encounter.” Chad Griesel will be leading a group on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm and Laura Hancock will lead a group on Wednesday afternoons at noon. Both groups will be on Zoom and both will be reading and discussing Dr. Marcus Mescher’s book, The Ethics of Encounter: Christian Neighbor Love as a Practice of Solidarity. To sign up or to learn more contact Chad () or Laura ().

Mar
9
Tue
Racial Justice & Healing Committee
Mar 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Our first meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 9 at 6:30 pm over Zoom. If you’d like to help guide the Family of Four parishes in our prayer, education and action related to racial justice, please email Laura Hancock at to receive the Zoom link. All are welcome to participate in these important conversations!

Mar
10
Wed
Lent Book Study (Daytime Option)
Mar 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This Lent, our Family of Four Parishes will be hosting two online book studies as we explore our theme, “Possibility of Encounter.” Chad Griesel will be leading a group on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm and Laura Hancock will lead a group on Wednesday afternoons at noon. Both groups will be on Zoom and both will be reading and discussing Dr. Marcus Mescher’s book, The Ethics of Encounter: Christian Neighbor Love as a Practice of Solidarity. To sign up or to learn more contact Chad () or Laura ().

 

Eat, Drink & Be Catholic @Home
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm

Eat, Drink and Be Catholic 2020-2021: From Social Distance to Encounter

Eat, Drink and Be Catholic offers women and men of all ages a casual opportunity to explore the Catholic faith. We hope to provide space for intellectual, relational and spiritual growth as well as some real community building. The format ranges from speakers and group discussion to movies and music. Due to the ongoing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, our gatherings will take place via Zoom until further notice. The conversations will also be recorded and posted on the Family of Four Parishes’ YouTube page.

On Wednesday, March 10, we will welcome Anne Haines, Episcopal Representative for Pro-life Urban Ministry, and Laura Hancock, Director of Social Justice and Outreach Ministries for the Family of Four Parishes. Anne and Laura will explore our Lenten Almsgiving Project in light of our theme, “Possibility of Encounter.” For further information or to receive the Zoom link for March 10, contact Chad Griesel, Pastoral Associate, at .

Check out recordings of previous Eat, Drink & Be Catholic @Home evenings: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1dTC8Mi4ngPSBp8iTMi5Y7pc9pFvAZBC

Mar
12
Fri
Contemplative Prayer for Reconciliation & Healing from Racism
Mar 12 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

All are welcome to join in this important prayer. The March session will be held virtually via Zoom. If you’d like more information or to register, please contact Laura Hancock at . You can sign up for weekly reflections at tinyurl.com/healracism.

Mar
15
Mon
Virtual Stations of the Cross
Mar 15 – Mar 31 all-day

We invite you to experience the Stations of the Cross in a new, pandemic-inspired way, as a series of brief videos that make use of an outline written by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops as an accompaniment to their 2018 pastoral letter, “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love.” These Lenten videos will begin on March 15 and will be published on our Family of Four YouTube Channel. You may opt-in to receive a daily email for 14 days of Stations by self-registering at tinyurl.com/LentenStations2021. We invite you to use these reflections on social justice to enrich your Lenten journey. If you have questions, please email Laura Hancock at .

Beacon Moms Groups
Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Calling all moms! Moms with children of all ages are warmly invited to join the Winter 2021 session of Beacon Moms. We are offering two options for mothers.

Join the biweekly Monday group (7:00 – 8:15 pm) focusing on praying with the Sunday scripture. This group will begin Monday, January 4.

We are also offering a monthly series: The Domestic Church: Welcoming Christ Into Every Room Of Our Home from 7:00 – 8:30 pm on January 28, February 25, March 18, April 22, and May 20. The first 30 minutes will be an optional social time and the sessions will begin at 7:30. This room by room exploration is a metaphor for the different ways that Christ can be embraced in family life. The meeting content will be different for each month so feel free to sign up for one, two, or all of the monthly meetings.

Click to register for the Monday group or the Monthly Series.

If you have any questions, please contact Anh Clausen at .

Lent Book Study (Evening Option)
Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This Lent, our Family of Four Parishes will be hosting two online book studies as we explore our theme, “Possibility of Encounter.” Chad Griesel will be leading a group on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm and Laura Hancock will lead a group on Wednesday afternoons at noon. Both groups will be on Zoom and both will be reading and discussing Dr. Marcus Mescher’s book, The Ethics of Encounter: Christian Neighbor Love as a Practice of Solidarity. To sign up or to learn more contact Chad () or Laura ().

Reflecting on the Sunday Readings
Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God remains forever.” Isaiah 40:8

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.

For further information contact Chad Griesel, Pastoral Associate, at or 414-271-6180.

Mar
17
Wed
Lent Book Study (Daytime Option)
Mar 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This Lent, our Family of Four Parishes will be hosting two online book studies as we explore our theme, “Possibility of Encounter.” Chad Griesel will be leading a group on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm and Laura Hancock will lead a group on Wednesday afternoons at noon. Both groups will be on Zoom and both will be reading and discussing Dr. Marcus Mescher’s book, The Ethics of Encounter: Christian Neighbor Love as a Practice of Solidarity. To sign up or to learn more contact Chad () or Laura ().

 

UPLIFT Families Wednesday Program
Mar 17 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

“Uniting People Living in Faith and Truth” (UPLIFT) Family Formation Program is our 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.

REGISTRATION:
To register for UPLIFT Families go to tinyurl.com/2020upliftfamilies and complete one registration form for your family.

Email or call 414-962-2443 with additional questions.

Mar
18
Thu
Adult Confirmation @ Old St. Mary Parish Center
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

For those adults already joined to Christ in Baptism and the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Confirmation deepens and strengthens our relationship with Christ through the Holy Spirit. This Sacrament imparts many spiritual gifts that help us live our Christian lives and be witnesses to Christ in the world.

Preparation sessions meet approximately every other Thursday evening from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the Old St Mary Parish Center. Participants will be masked and socially distanced. Sample topics from last year include: “On Healing and Forgiveness”, “Catholicism and World Religions” and “The Mass Explained – What Happens on Sundays.” First session is on Thursday, February 18.

To register and/or for more information, please contact Fr. John Baumgardner at or 414-305-3824.

Beacon Moms Groups
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Calling all moms! Moms with children of all ages are warmly invited to join the Winter 2021 session of Beacon Moms. We are offering two options for mothers.

Join the biweekly Monday group (7:00 – 8:15 pm) focusing on praying with the Sunday scripture. This group will begin Monday, January 4.

We are also offering a monthly series: The Domestic Church: Welcoming Christ Into Every Room Of Our Home from 7:00 – 8:30 pm on January 28, February 25, March 18, April 22, and May 20. The first 30 minutes will be an optional social time and the sessions will begin at 7:30. This room by room exploration is a metaphor for the different ways that Christ can be embraced in family life. The meeting content will be different for each month so feel free to sign up for one, two, or all of the monthly meetings.

Click to register for the Monday group or the Monthly Series.

If you have any questions, please contact Anh Clausen at .

Mar
21
Sun
UPLIFT Families Sunday Program
Mar 21 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

“Uniting People Living in Faith and Truth” (UPLIFT) Family Formation Program is our 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.

REGISTRATION:
To register for UPLIFT Families go to tinyurl.com/2020upliftfamilies and complete one registration form for your family.

Email or call 414-962-2443 with additional questions.

Mar
22
Mon
Lent Book Study (Evening Option)
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This Lent, our Family of Four Parishes will be hosting two online book studies as we explore our theme, “Possibility of Encounter.” Chad Griesel will be leading a group on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm and Laura Hancock will lead a group on Wednesday afternoons at noon. Both groups will be on Zoom and both will be reading and discussing Dr. Marcus Mescher’s book, The Ethics of Encounter: Christian Neighbor Love as a Practice of Solidarity. To sign up or to learn more contact Chad () or Laura ().

Mar
24
Wed
Lenten Day of Reconciliation
Mar 24 all-day

Parishes from around the archdiocese are hosting this year’s Lenten Day of Reconciliation, which will occur on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Parishes will have different schedules for Reconciliation, and some locations will have Spanish-speaking priests available. Please visit www.archmil.org/pray-reconcile-rejoice for specific times and locations.