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 monthly morning drop-in Playgroup and a monthly Moms Night Out.
Please contact Anh Clausen, Director of Family Ministry and Religious Formation, at 414-962-2443 or for more information about connecting to this friendly community of mothers. We would love to have you join us!
Bereavement Support Group
We offer a six-session program, twice a year. The group meets for six consecutive Monday evenings from 6:00 pm–7:30 pm at Old St. Mary’s Parish Office (835 N Milwaukee St). The program will touch on many different topics such as different stages of grief, understanding anger, depression, and unfinished business. You will have the opportunity to share your memories and feelings with others who are walking the same journey. In a Bereavement Support Group, grievers can hear testimony from those who have “been there.” They will discover that others have suffered similar pain, fears, sadness, and anger. It is critical for grievers to know that it’s okay to feel lonely, depressed or isolated, and know with certainty that someday they will feel better. A Bereavement Support Group can offer HOPE. Let us walk this journey with you.
Caregivers Support Group
Our Caregivers Support Group meets on the first Saturday of the month, from 8:00-9:30 am, at Old St. Mary’s Parish Center (835 N Milwaukee St). This is a safe, loving, and supported environment for caregivers to share their story and receive the healthy support they need. Caregivers need care too! The role of caregiver can be both challenging and rewarding. You may have questions about yourself and your relationship with God. Give yourself permission to discover how not to lose yourself while caring for others. Let us help!
Christian Family Movement (CFM) – Small Groups for Married Couples
Our family of four parishes wants to support your marriage! One of the ways we want to do this is through the Christian Family Movement, a small group process that helps couples grow in their faith and in their marriage. CFM groups promote Christ-centered marriages and family life, help families live the Christian faith in everyday life, and seek to improve society through actions of love, service, education and example. If you and your spouse are interested in learning more about joining a CFM small group, contact Chad Griesel, Pastoral Associate of Formation and Justice, at 414-271-6180 or .
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.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl group typically meets one Thursday each month from 4:30-6:00 pm in the Three Holy Women Parish Office (1716 N Humboldt Ave). When these prayer shawls are completed, they are blessed and given to our Director of Pastoral Care, Terri, to share with those who are in need of prayer and support from our community. This ministry has a great spirit! These gifted individuals share their faith with the sick, lonely and heavy hearted, and remind them of God’s love. Prayer shawl gift bags are always available to anyone in our parish.
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 is a small faith community which includes children or adults with special needs. SPRED integrates people with developmental disabilities more fully into the mainstream of parish life: it offers faith formation, gives parishioners an inviting place and opportunity to connect with persons with disabilities, and offers ways to more fully include persons with disabilities into the liturgy.