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:
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.
Return gifts by December 19
Look for the Giving Tree in back of church starting December 1. The holiday season is difficult for many in our city. The organizations that receive the gifts help to serve some of the most underprivileged. The tree is filled with tags with gift ideas of many types in many price ranges. There are lots of tags for toys, but the real needs are often for practical items. Select one or more tags from the tree. Return your gift with the tag attached, unwrapped or in a gift bag, by Sunday, December 19 so they may be distributed in time for Christmas.
Join us again this year for our Advent Taizé Service on Wednesday, December 1 at 6:30 pm at Our Lady of Divine Providence Parish – St. Casimir Church on Bremen and Clarke Street. Taizé Prayer is reflective using simple songs, scripture, silence and a beautiful prayerful environment to help us pray. The service lasts about 45 minutes and is a great place to find solace in the busy month of December. If you would like to join the Taizé Music Ministry or be a reader of Scripture, contact Mary Robertson at 414-271-6577 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Taizé prayer is held once per month, usually on the third Wednesday of each month. January 19th, 2022 is the first service of the new year. We look forward to seeing you there.
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is excited to host Advent Missions at 18 parishes throughout southeastern Wisconsin on December 1, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. This Mission is based on The Gift of Sunday, a theological reflection issued by Archbishop Jerome Listecki. Join us for a beautiful prayer service and presentation that encourages everyone to come to Mass and rediscover Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist — this Advent Season and beyond! Several services will be in Spanish and one in ASL. To see the list of 18 parishes, visit www.archmil.org/Advent-Missions. All are welcome!
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. Our hope is that at the end of each evening, individuals not only know more but are inspired and empowered to live out their faith. Our next in-person event will be on Wednesday, December 8, beginning at 7:00pm at the Wisconsin Tap Room (717 N Plankinton Ave – across the street from Mo’s…A Place for Steaks!). We will be welcoming our pastor, Fr. Tim Kitzke, who will reflect on this year’s theme, “People of God: Vulnerability and ‘Failure’ as a Path to God.” Free appetizers and drinks will be served. RSVPs are required by Monday, December 6 so that we can order food and meet safely. For more information, to RSVP, or to be added to the email list for future events, contact Chad Griesel at email@example.com.
We invite you to prepare your heart to meet Christ, the Lord of Life, by scheduling some time for quiet prayer in Adoration, taking the time to quietly gaze upon the Blessed Sacrament. Join us on Saturday, December 11 at 4:00 pm before the 5:00 pm Mass at SS Peter & Paul Parish for an Advent Holy Hour. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available at this time. Stay for the celebration of the Mass, too! All are welcome! Please note: Masks are required for the 5:00 pm Mass at SS Peter & Paul.
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.
The Christmas Mass schedule is published on the Mass Times page. We will have an online Christmas Mass on our YouTube channel as well. It will stream live from Old St. Mary at 4:30 pm on Christmas Eve, and be available all day on Christmas.
Archbishop Christmas Reflection
Archbishop Listecki has shared a Christmas letter and a Christmas video this year. Click to view Archbishop Listecki’s Christmas letter and view the video below or at https://player.vimeo.com/video/657066321.
Join Family Ministry on December 30 from 10:30 – 11:45 am for outdoor Christmas caroling at St. Rita Square, card-making, and Christmas treats! All families are invited! RSVP to Anh Clausen, Director of Family Ministry and Religious Formation, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-962-2443 ext 19.