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Divine Mercy Related CoVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

As soon as announcements regarding parish changes are made, they will be posted here. Please continue to check Here, Facebook, and your emails for any updates or changes.

Divine Daily Updates

Monday, April 6, 2020

 
Parish Office News
We are issuing a new SCAM ALERT!  We were made aware by a parishioner today that she was contacted via text from “Fr. Joe” asking for help in the form of gift cards.  This is not something Fr. Joe, or any other priest, will ask of you in text or e-mail. Scammers are posing as priests (and even the Archbishop) in an attempt to extort people under the guise of helping their parishes and priests during this financially challenging time.  Be aware that these fake emails and texts are out there. If there is ever a question, please contact the parish office and do not respond to the request. Thank you for your attentiveness.  
 
Thank you to those who have continued to support Divine Mercy through the COVID-19 closures!  We appreciate your generosity.  Contributions can be made electronically through Faith Direct (parish code WI860), by mailing your envelopes into the office, or dropping it off in the office drop slot.  Thank you for your support! 
 
School News
Instruction
Drop off/pick up day for new packets will be Thursday, April 9th, from 7:00am to 11:00am.  This pick up/drop off day is for all students in K4-8th who received a work packet in the first round only.  Safety of all is a concern for all.  Minimal contact will be had during drop off/pick up.  There will be tables in the hallway labelled with your child’s grade, a bucket to drop completed work into, and your child’s new packet on the table.  
 
Easter Break
There will be a short Easter Break beginning on Thursday, April 9th through Tuesday, April 14th.  Assignments and attendance check-ins will not occur during this time period.  Students are responsible for all other work/assignments through April 8th and again from April 15th on.
 
St. Gerard's Scholarship
The deadline for the St. Gerard's Scholarship has been extended to April 30th.  The application can be found on the school website.  Please email a copy of the application to the school office by April 29th, 2020 for consideration. 
 
 
Christian Formation
Holy Week at Home
The Archdiocese has provided a FANTASTIC guide for all families to keep the spirit of Holy Week alive in the Home.  Each day has wonderful ideas to prepare your home and hearts for the upcoming week. This can be downloaded at the Archdiocese's website. Other resources for Holy Week at Home can be found here. 
 
FORMED during Holy Week
There are some great audio books and videos for Holy Week that can help us in our spiritual growth during this important time.  Some of the topics include: Stations of the Cross, The Jewish Roots of the Eucharist, Love, Sacrifice and Trust, The Case for Jesus, The Resurrection of Jesus, Evangelization, and many others.
  
If you haven't already signed up for free access:
  1. Visit FORMED.org 
  2. Click “Sign Up”, Select "I Belong to a Parish or Organization" 
  3. Find your parish by name or zip: Divine Mercy South Milwaukee 53172
  4. Enter your email - and you're in! 
FORMED works on apps for ROKU, Apple TV, Android, and IOS.
 
For additional suggested resources go to, https://leaders.formed.org/faith-at-home/   
 
Mass and Prayer Services
Thank you to all who joined us via Facebook or YouTube for our Palm Sunday Mass! 
Our Holy Week celebrations continue.  Please join us for:
  • Holy Thursday Mass - 7:00 pm
  • Good Friday Service and Stations of the Cross - 1:00 pm
  • Easter Vigil Mass - 8:00 pm
  • Easter Sunday Mass - 9:30 am
Both platforms can be viewed live while we are streaming or watched later, at your convenience.  We ask that you follow the links below now to bookmark our transmissions for later!
 
LIKE Divine Mercy Parish on Facebook
You can easily search Divine Mercy on Facebook. Be sure to like our page once you have found us! If Facebook Live is a new concept for you, Facebook has a bunch of resources for you. These instructions explain how to find our Live Videos once they have been posted.
                               OR
SUBSCRIBE to the Divine Mercy YouTube Channel 
We need 150 subscribers for our channel  to show up in the search engine, so please follow the link and subscribe so it becomes easily searchable for others! Tell others to subscribe, too.
 
Continue to pray for an end to this virus and its effects so we can celebrate the sacraments together again soon.  We look forward to worshipping with you!  
 
Today's "Daily Reflection" from Bishop James T. Schuerman  is available at  https://www.archmil.org/Daily-Reflection.  Check the Archdiocesan page or subscribe to receive the daily reflection and other Archdiocesan information.
 
Please continue to check Facebook, our website, 
and your emails for any updates or changes in parish, school or ECC news.  
Thank you, and God Bless You!
 

“The LORD’s acts of mercy are not exhausted, his compassion is not spent; They are renewed each morning—great is your faithfulness!”
-Lamentations 3:22-23
 

Previous Divine Daily Updates

Friday, April 3, 2020
**Fr. Joe has shared another video message with us! It can be viewed on our Facebook, here.
 
School News
Enrollment
Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year is still occurring.  Although we are not in the office, you may still register using the online fillable PDF and email to the office.  Or, if you would like, you can print it off and mail to school.  Enrollment numbers drive our budgeting for the upcoming school year.  This equates to supplies, opportunities, but most importantly staffing.  As we know that this is a difficult time for all, if you are unable to send in the registration fee at this time with your intent to enroll, it is ok.  Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.  
 
Instruction
Clarification has not been given as of yet to what “indefinitely closed” means.  That said, we will continue to provide rigorous, relevant, and authentic instruction for all students K4 through 8th grade. After Easter Break, our next round of instruction will begin on Wednesday, April 15th and end on May 1st.   Students in 4th through 8th grade will continue with instruction via google classroom.  Assignments will be provided daily with the expectation that students are completing all given work.  This is done at your students pace.  There is no expectation that your child needs to be in front of the computer for 6 hours a day.  Students in K4 through 3rd grade will continue instruction through their work packets. 
 
As of this publication, we, as a private choice school are still responsible for meeting the mandated hours of instruction by the state and the Department of Instruction (DPI).  A waiver has not been granted as of yet, but it is my hope that one will come forth soon.  Instruction that has been provided previously and moving forward will allow our school to meet some of these mandated hours, but not all. The instruction provided throughout this time is meant to lessen the need to extend our school year past our intended end date.  My goal is to make sure that we are providing instruction that can count.  Teachers have been working diligently to provide a balance of work assigned and breaks. We know that your students can not sit in front of a computer or work packet for over 6.5 hours a day, just as if we were in school, to meet our daily needed hours.  We know that parents cannot ensure this due to their demands of working from home. Information is ever changing, which directly affects decisions about instruction, breaks, etc. To that point, decisions that were made two weeks ago, and even this week, might change.  Please remember to be patient and flexible.  When information comes forth, it will be communicated out.  
 
Drop off/pick up day for new packets will be Thursday, April 9th, from 7:00am to 11:00am.  This pick up/drop off day is for all students in K4-8th who received a work packet in the first round only.  Safety of all is a concern for all.  Minimal contact will be had during drop off/pick up.  There will be tables in the hallway labelled with your child’s grade, a bucket to drop finished papers into, and your child’s new work packet on the table.  
 
Easter Break
There will be a short Easter Break beginning on Thursday, April 9th through Tuesday, April 14th.  Assignments and attendance check-ins will not occur during this time period.  Students are responsible for all other work/assignments through April 8th and again from April 15th on.
 
A message from the Divine Mercy Trustees and Finance Committee
While we realize everyone has been financially impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic, please be mindful of our school’s financial position when keeping up to date with tuition payments.  We are still incurring the majority of our expenses during these last two months of school. 
 
Unfortunately, the parish income that covers the remaining school expenses (in the form of a Parish subsidy) has been greatly reduced due to no income from the weekly mass collection.  Contact the parish office if you have questions or concerns.
 
Christian Formation
Holy Week at Home
The Archdiocese has provided a FANTASTIC guide for all families to keep the spirit of Holy Week alive in the Home.  Each day has wonderful ideas to prepare your home and hearts for the upcoming week.  This can be downloaded at the Archdiocese's website. Other resources for Holy Week at Home can be found here
 
FORMED during Holy Week
There are some great audio books and videos for Holy Week that can help us in our spiritual growth during this important time.  Some of the topics include: Stations of the Cross, The Jewish Roots of the Eucharist, Love, Sacrifice and Trust, The Case for Jesus, The Resurrection of Jesus, Evangelization, and many others.
  
If you haven't already signed up for free access:
  • Visit FORMED.org 
  • Click “Sign Up”, Select "I Belong to a Parish or Organization" 
  • Find your parish by name or zip: Divine Mercy South Milwaukee 53172
  • Enter your email - and you're in! 
FORMED works on apps for ROKU, Apple TV, Android, and IOS. For additional suggested resources go to, https://leaders.formed.org/faith-at-home/   
 
Mass and Prayer Services
Saturday, April 4th Reconciliation is CANCELED.
After the news of the large increase of diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in Milwaukee County last night, Father Joe has decided to cancel the scheduled reconciliation time for tomorrow for the safety and health of all our parishioners.
 
If you would still like Father Joe to hear your confession, please contact him at the parish office to schedule an appointment.  We ask that if you have been experiencing any symptoms of illness, please stay home.
 
If you are not able or comfortable to come for confession at this time, you can still do a complete examination of conscience, ask for forgiveness, and make a heartfelt Act of Contrition in a spirit of repentance to the Lord at home.  That is what Holy Week is all about.  Once we are able to come back together, you can come to our regularly scheduled confession times.
 
Also, remember those who are affected by this virus in your daily prayers and call upon the Lord to end this disease quickly.
 
The Distribution of Palms this Sunday has been canceled.  
Palms will be distributed once we are able to celebrate Mass together once more.
 
Divine Mercy Parish will be streaming the Masses of Holy Week on Facebook and YouTube.  Both platforms can be viewed live while we are streaming or watched later, at your convenience.  We ask that you follow the links below now to bookmark our transmissions for later!
 
LIKE Divine Mercy Parish on Facebook
You can easily search Divine Mercy on Facebook. Be sure to like our page once you have found us! If Facebook Live is a new concept for you, Facebook has a bunch of resources for you. These instructions explain how to find our Live Videos once they have been posted.
                               OR
SUBSCRIBE to the Divine Mercy YouTube Channel 
We need 150 subscribers for our channel  to show up in the search engine, so please follow the link and subscribe so it becomes easily searchable for others! Tell others to subscribe, too.
 
Times are…
  • Palm Sunday Mass - 9:30 am
  • Holy Thursday Mass - 7:00 pm
  • Good Friday Service and Stations of the Cross - 1:00 pm
  • Easter Vigil Mass - 8:00 pm
  • Easter Sunday Mass - 9:30 am
  • Palm Sunday Order of Worship 
Please use THIS link for access to the Order of Worship for this Sunday's mass at Divine Mercy.  We have included the hymns we will be singing, along with the scripture references and the Spiritual Communion Prayer.  We hope this aid comes in handy as you celebrate with us.
We look forward to worshipping with you!
 
Today's "Daily Reflection" from Archbishop Jerome Listecki is available at  https://www.archmil.org/Daily-Reflection.  Check the Archdiocesan page or subscribe to receive the daily reflection and other Archdiocesan information.
 
Thursday, April 2, 2020
 
ECC News
As a result of the “Safer-at-home” policy, the Spring Sing has been canceled.  The children and staff have worked very hard on this.  Please let your child/ren know that I am very sorry; there was no choice in this matter.  Their safety and health is our priority.  Please give them a hug from me and tell them that I miss them.  Stay safe and well!
-Dee
 
School News
Welcome sunshine!  Hopefully everyone is home safe, sound, and healthy!  
 
Enrollment
Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year is still occurring.  Although we are not in the office, you may still register using the online fillable PDF and email to the office.  Or, if you would like, you can print it off and mail to school.  Enrollment numbers drive our budgeting for the upcoming school year.  This equates to supplies, opportunities, but most importantly staffing.  As we know that this is a difficult time for all, if you are unable to send in the registration fee at this time with your intent to enroll, it is ok.  Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.  
 
Easter Break
There will be a short Easter Break beginning on Thursday, April 9th through Tuesday, April 14th.  Assignments and attendance check-ins will not occur during this time period.  Students are responsible for all other work/assignments through April 8th.
 
Mass and Prayer Services
Holy Week is on its way!  We continue to pray with and for you.
 
The Distribution of Palms this Sunday has been canceled.  
Palms will be distributed once we are able to celebrate Mass together once more.
 
STILL ON:  Private Reconciliation- Saturday, April 4th from 10am - Noon at College Ave.
Fr. Joe will offer individual confessions to anyone who would like to come.  This will be strictly conducted in accordance with proper social distancing protocols.  Father will hear confession from a safe distance of 6-8 feet away, offer absolution, and individuals will be asked to do penance at home.
 
If you are unable to attend at this time, but would still like a confession, please leave a message on the parish office voicemail.  Father Joe will return your call, as messages are checked several times a day.
 
Remember -  if you have any symptoms of cough, sore throat, or fever, please stay home.  Wash your hands well before and after if you do come.  We will have hand sanitizer available, and volunteers will monitor the door.
 
Divine Mercy Parish will be streaming the Masses of Holy Week on Facebook and YouTube.  Both platforms can be viewed live while we are streaming or watched later, at your convenience.  We ask that you follow the links below now to bookmark our transmissions for later!
 
LIKE Divine Mercy Parish on Facebook
You can easily search Divine Mercy on Facebook. Be sure to like our page once you have found us!
                               OR
SUBSCRIBE to the Divine Mercy YouTube Channel 
We need 150 subscribers for our channel  to show up in the search engine, so please follow the link and subscribe so it becomes easily searchable for others! Tell others to subscribe, too.
 
Times are…
  • Palm Sunday Mass - 9:30 am
  • Holy Thursday Mass - 7:00 pm
  • Good Friday Service and Stations of the Cross - 1:00 pm
  • Easter Vigil Mass - 8:00 pm
  • Easter Sunday Mass - 9:30 am
We look forward to worshipping with you!
 
Today's "Daily Reflection" from Auxiliary Bishop James Schuerman is available here.  Check the Archdiocesan page or subscribe to receive the daily reflection.
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Mass and Prayer Services
The Distribution of Palms this Sunday has been cancelled.
This morning, Archbishop Listecki informed all parishes there is to be NO DISTRIBUTION OF PALMS this weekend out of concern for the safety of the people and priests.  Therefore, our palm distribution is cancelled for Sunday morning.  
 
We will be distributing palms at a later date.  Archbishop Listecki has informed us that the palm distribution should take place within the liturgy when we are all gathered together again.  For now, the palms will be stored in a cool, dry place until that day.  Thanks for your understanding.
 
STILL ON:  Private Reconciliation- Saturday, April 4th from 10am - Noon at College Ave.
Fr. Joe will offer individual confessions to anyone who would like to come.  This will be strictly conducted in accordance with proper social distancing protocols.  Father will hear confession from a safe distance of 6-8 feet away, offer absolution, and individuals will be asked to do penance at home.  
 
If you are unable to attend at this time, but would still like a confession, please leave a message on the parish office voicemail.  Father Joe will return your call, as messages are checked several times a day.

Remember -  if you have any symptoms of cough, sore throat, or fever, please stay home.  Wash your hands well before and after if you do come.  We will have hand sanitizer available, and volunteers will monitor the door.
 
SPREAD THE WORD - Divine Mercy Parish will be streaming the Masses of Holy Week on Facebook and YouTube.  Both platforms can be viewed live while we are streaming or watched later, at your convenience.
 
Times are…
  • Palm Sunday Mass - 9:30 am
  • Holy Thursday Mass - 7:00 pm
  • Good Friday Service and Stations of the Cross - 1:00 pm
  • Easter Vigil Mass - 8:00 pm
  • Easter Sunday Mass - 9:30 am
We ask that you follow the links below now to bookmark our transmissions for later.
 
LIKE Divine Mercy Parish on Facebook
OR
SUBSCRIBE to the Divine Mercy YouTube Channel 
 
Searching for the Divine Mercy Parish Facebook page is easy, but searching for our DM YouTube Channel can be difficult - please follow the link.
 
We look forward to worshipping with you!
 
Today's "Daily Reflection" from Archbishop Jerome Listecki is available here.  Check the Archdiocesan page or subscribe to receive the daily reflection
 
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Mass and Prayer Services
As we approach Holy Week, we continue to keep you in thought and prayer.  We are excited to offer the following opportunities...
 
Private Reconciliation- Saturday, April 4th from 10am - Noon at College Ave.
Due to the cancellation of our Lenten Penance Service and weekly confessions, Fr. Joe would like to offer individual confessions to anyone who would like to come.  We will have this strictly monitored in order to make sure only one person enters at a time, and to ensure proper cleaning.  Father will hear confession from a safe distance of 6-8 feet away, offer absolution, and individuals will be asked to do penance at home.  
 
If you are unable to attend at this time, but would still like a confession, please leave a message on the parish office voicemail.  Father Joe will return your call, as messages are checked several times a day.
 
PLEASE- if you have any symptoms of cough, sore throat, or fever-- STAY HOME!  Also remember- you are entering at your own risk. Please wash hands well before and after you come.  We will have hand sanitizer available, and volunteers will monitor the door.
 
Distribution of Palms- Sunday, April 5, 11am - 1pm at College Ave. Parking Lot
Directions for the Distribution of Palms 
  1. Please enter from the College Avenue entrance, come down the driveway, and follow the flow into 2 lines for distribution.  Palms will be handed to you through the driver's side window-- DO NOT GET OUT OF YOUR CAR as we will not be able to accommodate “walk ups”.  Once you receive, you will be directed to exit out of the parking lot onto St. Sylvester Dr./ Badger Ave.  Please be advised-- if you enter from Badger Ave, you will be asked to wait until you can fit in the line. 
  2. Unfortunately, there will not be time for discussions or visits.  We ask in order to keep the flow moving, you take your palms and go directly home.  We want to keep all who are participating safe- including you!
  3. In order to provide a chance for those interested to have palms, we are limiting the number  to 4 per family. We ordered half our usual amount due to this year’s circumstances. Please only take what your family needs out of consideration for others.
  4. If for any reason you are experiencing symptoms of ANY illness (fever, cough, runny nose, etc.) PLEASE STAY HOME!   We want to offer this opportunity as safely as possible, and we are taking proper precautions to make sure we are sanitized and healthy.  We need your cooperation with this, as well.  
If we happen to have extras, they will be placed outside the parish office door after 1pm for people to pick up.
 
Our hope in offering this palm distribution is for all of you in the community to have a connection to the events of Holy Week.  Receiving palms is not a requirement or precept of the Church, but it is one of those things that reminds us of Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  As we receive these blessed palms, we are reminded of the victory that Jesus won for us in overcoming death and sin. 
 
Divine Mercy Parish will be streaming all of the Masses of Holy Week on Facebook and YouTube.  BOTH can be viewed live while we are streaming or watched later, at your convenience.
 
Times are…
  • Palm Sunday Mass - 9:30 am
  • Holy Thursday Mass - 7:00 pm
  • Good Friday Mass and Stations of the Cross - 1:00 pm
  • Easter Vigil Mass - 8:00 pm
  • Easter Sunday Mass - 9:30 am
We are still working out the details of the transmission but ask that you follow the links below now to bookmark our transmissions for later.
 
LIKE Divine Mercy Parish on Facebook
OR
SUBSCRIBE to the Divine Mercy YouTube Channel 
 
Searching for the Divine Mercy Parish Facebook page is EASY but searching for our DM YouTube Channel is difficult - following the link is easier.
 
We will keep you posted with more updates as Holy Week approaches.
 
Thank you to all who participated in our Spiritual 24 Hour Adoration.  Though we may be physically apart, we are still one in prayer and Christ Jesus.
 
Today's "Daily Reflection" is from Bishop Jeffrey Haines, available here.  Check the Archdiocesan page or subscribe to receive the daily reflection.
 
Monday, March 30, 2020
Mass and Prayer Services
As we approach Holy Week, we continue to keep you in thought and prayer.  We are excited to offer the following opportunities...
 
Private Reconciliation- Saturday, April 4th from 10am - Noon at College Ave.
Due to the cancellation of our Lenten Penance Service and weekly confessions, Fr. Joe would like to offer individual confessions to anyone who would like to come.  We will have this strictly monitored in order to make sure only one person enters at a time, and to ensure proper cleaning.  Father will hear confession from a safe distance of 6-8 feet away, offer absolution, and individuals will be asked to do penance at home.  
 
If you are unable to attend at this time, but would still like a confession, please leave a message on the parish office voicemail.  Father Joe will return your call, as messages are checked several times a day.
 
PLEASE- if you have any symptoms of cough, sore throat, or fever-- STAY HOME!  Also remember- you are entering at your own risk. Please wash hands well before and after you come.  We will have hand sanitizer available, and volunteers will monitor the door.
 
Distribution of Palms- Sunday, April 5, 11am - 1pm at College Ave. Parking Lot
We WILL be distributing palms this year!  However, we did cut the order back by half due to our being shut down during this quarantine.  We will operate in a "drive through" system, and each family is limited to 4 palms.  This is to ensure that all who want to receive from our parish have the opportunity.  If we happen to have extras, they will be placed outside the parish office door after 1pm for people to pick up.
Details on how this pickup procedure will operate will follow in later Updates this week.
 
Divine Mercy Parish will be streaming all of the Masses of Holy Week on Facebook and YouTube.  BOTH can be viewed live while we are streaming or watched later, at your convenience.
 
Times are…
  • Palm Sunday Mass - 9:30 am
  • Holy Thursday Mass - 7:00 pm
  • Good Friday Mass and Stations of the Cross - 1:00 pm
  • Easter Vigil Mass - 8:00 pm
  • Easter Sunday Mass - 9:30 am
We are still working out the details of the transmission but ask that you follow the links below now to bookmark our transmissions for later.
 
LIKE Divine Mercy Parish on Facebook
OR
SUBSCRIBE to the Divine Mercy YouTube Channel 
 
Searching for the Divine Mercy Parish Facebook page is EASY but searching for our DM YouTube Channel is difficult - following the link is easier.
 
We will keep you posted with more updates as Holy Week approaches.
 
Thank you to all who participated in our Spiritual 24 Hour Adoration.  Though we may be physically apart, we are still one in prayer and Christ Jesus.
 
Today's "Daily Reflection" is from Bishop James Schuerman, available here.  Check the Archdiocesan page or subscribe to receive the daily reflection.
 
ECC News
We might be out right now, but enrollment for Summer and Fall is taking place!  Don’t miss out on a spot for a fabulous Summer or Fall program at our Center.  If you haven’t already returned your forms, please do so by mail immediately.  Enrollment fees will be waived for a limited time.  Classes are filling fast!  Questions?  Contact Dee Fuchs, Center Director by phone or email at 414-764-0283 or deefuchs@divinemercysm.org
 
Parish Office News
In keeping with all other activities and meetings, this Thursday’s  All Committee Night has been cancelled.  
 
Although the Parish Office is closed until further notice, Staff is working remotely to continue to serve you.  Voice and e-mail messages are checked regularly, so please do not hesitate to reach out.  We continue our work to meet the physical and spiritual needs of our parishioners and larger community.  
 
A letter was sent out last week regarding our financial situation in the absence of our weekly collection at Mass.  We ask that you continue to contribute if you are able to do so financially.  Your support, not only now, but once this quarantine is lifted, is essential and needs to continue.  Filling the unexpected gap from our weekly offering allows us to continue our service to those in our parish and community. There is no doubt God will provide, but He needs us to work together! We need to be HIS hands and feet!
 
Your gift, no matter the size, will provide instant budgetary relief, ensuring our ability to withstand this unprecedented situation. Your continued support through weekly contributions is the first step.  We ask that you help us in any of the following ways:
  • Mail your regular contribution in to the parish office
  • Bring your regular contribution to the parish office drop box (located on the building, left of the entrance).  You may also pick up a Bulletin in the container outside the entrance.
  • If you are not already, sign up through Faith Direct for online giving (www.faithdirect.net; parish code WI860).
 
Friday, March 27, 2020
**Many changes have been made in the past few days. If you have questions, we are here to help! Any questions you have based on these updates may be clarified in the letter that Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki sent yesterday. The letter can be found here.
 
School News
As we close our first week of virtual instruction I want to say thank you.  Thank you to all of the parents who are learning how to balance work and guiding their children through this learning journey.    Thank you students for trying your best to complete assignments, participating in discussions and sending in videos.  Thank you teachers for continuing to provide instruction that is rigorous, relevant, and authentic for all of our students.  We are all in this together and continued support, patience and understanding will lead to our success. Tune in next week on DOJO for the morning announcements and messages from all of the staff!
 
As of today, there has not been any clarification of when school will be back in session or if we will need to make up days of instruction. When information comes forth it will be communicated to all parents via this update, Facebook, email, and a REMIND message.  
 
One of our Lenten promises is to pray more with focus and intention.  The following reflection is one that I have found helpful through these uncertain times.  Take time today to sit with your family and offer up a prayer or reflect upon your favorite Bible passages.  Know that your families are in all of our daily prayer intentions.  Have a safe and wonderful weekend.
 
Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day.  Either He will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.  Be at peace, then.  Put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations and say continually : "The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart has trusted in Him and I am helped.  He is not only with me but in me, and I in Him." St. Francis de Sales
 
Mass and Prayer Services
Don’t forget about our Spiritual 24 Hour Adoration for March 27 & 28, 2020!
Though we had to cancel our in-person Adoration, if you signed up to participate, please keep your hour of prayer!  If you’d like to join with us spiritually, please take an hour anytime this evening through noon on Saturday and pray “in communion” with your fellow parishioners.  Our intentions will be for all those affected by the COVID-19 virus, for our Church leaders, world leaders, and federal and state leaders, as well.  Praying is the best thing we can do, and we will do so by joining our brothers and sisters during this sacred time.
 
Today's "Daily Reflection" is from Auxiliary Bishop Jeffrey Haines, available at here.  Check the Archdiocesan page or subscribe to receive the daily reflection.
 
Fr. Joe also has a video message he’d like to share!  You can see it on our Facebook page by searching for @divinemercysm on Facebook or by following this link. Make sure you give us a ‘like’ when you visit our page if you have not already!  
 
Don’t forget there are lots of options to “attend” Sunday and Daily Mass on the television, radio or web.  One thing we should never neglect to do, especially during times like these, is pray.  Oh, how we will appreciate our Parish Family and the Eucharist when we are able to partake once more! Please do not take it for granted. Resources for “attending” Sunday and Daily Mass are linked further down on this page, in a letter from Fr. Joe.
 
Thursday, March 26, 2020
 
**Many changes have been made in the past few days. If you have questions, we are here to help! Any questions you have based on these updates may be clarified in the letter that Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki sent yesterday. The letter can be found here.
 
Parish Office
Even though the Office is closed for now, we are still checking messages.  Please take some time to call the office and leave your updated information, especially phone numbers.  If you have moved recently or changed your phone number or email, it’s important for us to be able to reach you and communicate with you.  Thank you! 
 
Christian Formation News
As we wait for clarification and direction from the Archdiocese, there is a possibility that Confirmation and First Communion may be postponed. As soon as the Archdiocese informs us of any changes that might occur, we will inform you. We appreciate your understanding.
 
Early Childhood Center News
April 1st delivery for the ECC fundraiser will be rescheduled for a later date once the Center reopens.  The new date will be communicated as soon as we have more information. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unique time.  Questions can be directed to Dee Fuchs, Center Director, at 414-764-0283 or to deefuchs@divinemercysm.org.
 
All Families are asked to join with the Holy Father in prayer this Friday at noon.  Be assured of our continued prayers for you and your family.
 
School News
Just a reminder that school will be closed indefinitely.  All decisions regarding our return are based upon information from the State of Wisconsin, Department of Instruction, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Parish leadership.  As more information is known, it will be communicated out.  Please continue to have patience and understanding during this time.
  
Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is still open.  Registration papers can be found on the school website.  Completed forms can be sent  back via email to the school office at office@divinemercysm.org . All grade levels will have a cap of 25 students.  A waiting list will be created for grades that have exceeded this.  The window for Wisconsin Choice will be closing on April 16, 2020.  Please be sure to fill out all forms online and send needed documentation to the school office email.  Applications for the St. Gerard's scholarship are still being accepted.  Please fill out and return to school office email.  Applications will be taken through April.  
 
Through this uncertain time, please know that your families and students are in our daily prayers and thoughts.  Please stay safe and well!
 
Mass and Prayer Services
Join us for a Spiritual 24 Hour Adoration for March 27 & 28, 2020!
Though we had to cancel our in-person Adoration, if you signed up to participate, please keep your hour of prayer!  If you’d like to join with us spiritually, please take an hour between noon on Friday to noon on Saturday and pray “in communion” with your fellow parishioners.  Our intentions will be for all those affected by the COVID-19 virus, for our Church leaders, world leaders, and federal and state leaders, as well.  Praying is the best thing we can do, and we will do so by joining our brothers and sisters during this sacred time.
 
Today's "Daily Reflection" is from Bishop James Schuerman, available here.  Check the Archdiocesan page or subscribe to receive the daily reflection.
 
Pope Francis has asked everyone to participate “through the media” in a prayer ceremony to be presided over by him on Friday, March 27th at the churchyard of St Peter’s Basilica at noon, Central Time.
The prayer ceremony will include adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, scripture reading and prayers of supplication.  This is to be concluded with the Pope bestowing a blessing “to the city and to the world” which is normally given only on Christmas and Easter.
 
The ceremony will be broadcast live from the Vatican and the possibility of receiving a plenary indulgence is attached to the Urbi et Orbi blessing for the ‘participants’.  This can be accessed online through ShalomWorld.org.
 
A Message from Archbishop Listecki:
March 26, 2020
 
To the Faithful of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee,
 
Praised be Jesus Christ!
 
These are proving to be challenging times for our communities. Social distancing, working from home, people we know getting sick, restrictions on travel, weddings, funerals and even Sunday Mass, have us feeling a little lost, alone and distant.  These feelings have left each one of us desiring communion with God and with others. St. Augustine said, “Our heart is restless until it rests in you, O Lord.” So, we continue seeking out how to live in this challenging reality that affects our relationship with God, with those we live with, with our neighbors, and with our world.
 
In this spirit, our St. John Paul II Office for the New Evangelization at the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has created a new initiative called, “Courageous Communion: Daily Living for Quarantined Catholics.” This timely initiative serves as an invitation to you and those around you to respond in this unique time in history with a depth of prayer and motivation to serve others in any way that we are able. Jesus is still calling us to “Love God and love our neighbors as ourselves.” Below are some of the various resources at your disposal through this new initiative.
  • Daily reflections from our Bishops
  • A guide for praying with the Gospels every day
  • Assistance to help people intentionally plan their day/week with Christ at the center
  • An at-home retreat called “Into the Quiet,” directed by Fr. Luke Strand
  • Consecration to St. Joseph
  • A guide for online Masses
  • Resources related to responding to COVID-19.
  • A FREE subscription to Formed.org for 40 days
  • A FREE digital subscription to the Milwaukee Catholic Herald
 You can find this resource on the archdiocesan website, archmil.org or by clicking this link www.archmil.org/Courageous-Communion. I pray this becomes a resource for you and your fellow parishioners as we weather this storm with Christ by our side.
 
With the assurance of prayers, I am,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
 
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
In light of Governor Evers’ and new Archdiocesan directives, there are many changes to communicate today.
 
Parish Office
Our Parish Office is now closed until further notice.  Staff will be working remotely and will continue to check voice and e-mail messages.  Our drop slot is available for contributions or anything else you may need to drop off.  There is also a tote box nearby containing bulletins for those wanting to pick up a copy.  We will continue to serve you as best we can during this time of isolation.
 
Early Childhood Center News
April 1st delivery for the ECC fundraiser will be rescheduled for a later date once the Center reopens.  The new date will be communicated as soon as we have more information. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unique time.  Questions can be directed to Dee Fuchs, Center Director, at 414-764-0283 or to deefuchs@divinemercysm.org.
 
All Families are asked to join with the Holy Father in prayer this Friday at noon.  Be assured of our continued prayers for you and your family.
 
School News
As we continue to adjust to the situation around us, know that we, on staff, are committed to your child's continued learning and growth.  To continually monitor growth it is essential that all students and families are completing work assigned.  With that said, to ensure that students are meeting the required educational minutes of instruction, attendance will be taken daily.  This will include this week.  Of course this will look a bit different than what we are all used to.  Students will need to check in daily.  This may be in the form of completing assignments, uploading a photo related to work, discussion boards, and such.   If you have questions, please reach out to your child's teacher via Classroom DOJO or email.  Teachers are working diligently to respond within 24 hours or less.  Just as you as parents are learning how to navigate through this instructional journey, so are the teachers.  Patience and understanding is key for our success.  Don't forget to join in prayer with the Pope on Friday for his special prayer service at 12:00p.m. See the notes from the Parish for more information.  Please be safe and know that God will continue to guide us through this journey.  Continue to place your trust and worries with Him.  
 
News from Christian Formation
We have a 40 day complimentary subscription for an excellent online resource called FORMED. 
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Click “Sign Up”, Select "I Belong to a Parish or Organization" 
Find your parish by name or zip: Divine Mercy South Milwaukee 53172
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Some of the topics and resources include: mass, prayer, Lent, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Bible studies, adult faith formation, Sacrament preparation, movies, videos for children and youth, documentaries, current topics, fiction, children’s and teen books, resources in Spanish, and more.
We encourage you to use these resources for yourselves and those in your families in this time away from church.
 
Mass and Prayer Services
Yesterday, the Archbishop sent to all the parishes the difficult news that all parishes are to cancel Palm Sunday and Holy Week masses.  While we are so sad to hear this news, it is understandable.  Here are a few details you should know:
  1. Fr. Joe continues to offer Mass privately each day, keeping all parishioners and their intentions in his prayers.  Mass intentions are prayed for as scheduled.  We are hoping to stream these so all can participate as a Divine Mercy Community, so please stay tuned for details regarding this in the next week.
  2. Our Chapel is now closed until further notice in keeping with all health directives.
  3. There will be NO SUNRISE SERVICE.  The Milwaukee County Parks informed us that they are not allowing any scheduled events to take place through April.
  4. 24 Hour Adoration for March 27 & 28, 2020 is canceled. Again, we are trying to keep our areas disinfected on an hourly basis, and our maintenance crew is unable to fulfill this, as they are not contracted on weekends.  We are so proud to say that every hour of our 24 Hour Adoration was covered by our prayer warriors.  Thank you for signing up to pray!  Though we had to cancel, we would like to continue to have a spiritual 24 hour Adoration virtually.  Please take an hour between noon on Friday to noon on Saturday and pray “in communion” with your fellow parishioners.  Our intentions for this 24 Hour Adoration will remain for all those affected by the COVID-19 virus, for our Church leaders, world leaders, and federal and state leaders, as well.  Praying is the best thing we can do, and we will do so by joining our brothers and sisters in this sacred time.
  5. Continue to keep Father Joe, Father Dennis, and Archbishop Listecki in your prayers as we navigate through this time.  You are also in our prayers, too.  While this is a very stressful time, we are reminded of the constant presence of God in our lives.  2 Timothy 1:7 reminds us that "God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline."  It is never easy to face the unknown, but again, this is a great time for us to just slow down and breathe.  Also, everyone is in the same boat- we are all uncertain about when we can return to work, how to best educate our kids, and even how to take care of our aging parents.  However, our hope comes from the Lord- He will take care of us and provide for us, even better than we can for ourselves.  Jesus, I trust in You.
 
Today's "Daily Reflection" is from Archbishop Listecki, available here.  Check the Archdiocesan page or subscribe to receive the daily reflection.

Pope Francis has asked everyone to participate “through the media” in a prayer ceremony to be presided over by him on Friday, March 27th at the churchyard of St Peter’s Basilica.
 
The prayer ceremony will include adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, scripture reading and prayers of supplication.  This is to be concluded with the Pope bestowing a blessing “to the city and to the world” which is normally given only on Christmas and Easter.
 
The ceremony, which will begin at 6 pm Italian time (Noon Central Time), will be broadcast live from the Vatican and the possibility of receiving a plenary indulgence is attached to the Urbi et Orbi blessing for the ‘participants’.  This can be accessed online through ShalomWorld.org.
 
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
 

**At this time, no decisions have been made that affect the current/new operating procedures of our parish.  As soon as that changes, it will be communicated in the Divine Daily Update.**

Divine Mercy School
A message from Mrs. Rucka:
Parents thank you for your understanding and patience during our transition in learning.  Please be sure to check Classroom DOJO daily for updates from your child's teacher as well as the school. Just a reminder that virtual office hours are from 10:00am -2:00 pm each day.  Teachers will be available for questions and emails.  Be aware that teachers will respond to email within 24 hours.  Students are accountable for all the work that has been sent home in work packets and/or through google classroom.  If you have questions, please reach out to your child's teacher or myself.  Again, as updates come forth from the state, Archdiocese, and/or DPI, you will receive notification.  Stay safe and God bless!

Mass and Prayer Services
Fr. Dennis is featured in the March 17th Catholic Herald in the column “Give Us Shepherds.” You can find the article here.
 
Pope Francis has invited all Christians to join together in praying the ‘Our Father’ at noon tomorrow, March 25th, the Feast of Annunciation.  “In these trying days, while humanity trembles due to the threat of the pandemic, I would like to propose to all Christians that together we lift our voices towards Heaven,” he said.
 
Pope Francis invited “the Heads of Churches and the leaders of every Christian community, together with all Christians of the various confessions, to invoke the Almighty God to recite at the same time the prayer that Jesus, our Lord, taught us - the Our Father.”
The Holy Father has also asked everyone to participate “through the media” in a prayer ceremony to be presided over by him on March 27th at the churchyard of St Peter’s Basilica.
 
The prayer ceremony will include adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, scripture reading and prayers of supplication.  This is to be concluded with the Pope bestowing a blessing “to the city and to the world” which is normally given only on Christmas and Easter.

The ceremony which will begin at 6 pm Italian time (Noon Central Time) will be broadcast live from the Vatican and the possibility of receiving a plenary indulgence is attached to the Urbi et Orbi blessing for the ‘participants’.
 
Today's "Daily Reflection" is from Auxiliary Bishop Jeffrey Haines.  Check the Archdiocesan page or subscribe to receive the daily Auxiliary Bishop's Reflection.
 
**Until we are notified of changes due to the “Safer At Home” initiative and/or news from the Archdiocese, Chapel Hours and Adoration remain in effect. 

Chapel Hours
Our Chapel doors are open from 8 a.m. until Noon, Monday through Friday.  Our maintenance crew will be doing a thorough daily clean and disinfect process on all areas and touch points.  The only exception will be for Wednesday Adoration, when the doors will be open 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., unless we are directed otherwise. If no one is present, we will have to close Adoration as the Blessed Sacrament cannot be left alone.  Come pray!

Due to the Archdiocesan directive, there will be NO PENANCE SERVICE this Saturday at Divine Mercy, as originally planned.  However, private confession is available by appointment. Please contact the parish office at 414-762-6810 to set up an appointment with Father Joe. 

24 Hour Adoration for March 27 & 28, 2020
Our intentions for this 24 Hour Adoration are for all affected by the Covoid-19 virus, for our Church leaders, world leaders, and federal and state leaders, as well.  Please come pray- this is the best thing we can do, and we are able to be in the presence of the Eucharistic Lord.  We still need a couple people to cover the following time slots - Friday from 5-6 p.m. and 10-11 p.m.
 
The best way to sign up is to login to our Sign Up Genius account.
 
Don’t forget there are lots of options to “attend” Sunday and Daily Mass on the television, radio or web.  One thing we should never neglect to do, especially during times like these, is pray.  Oh, how we will appreciate our Parish Family and the Eucharist when we are able to partake once more! Please do not take it for granted. Resources for “attending” Sunday and Daily Mass are linked further down on this page, in a letter from Fr. Joe.

 
Monday, March 24, 2020
 
**We are aware that tomorrow, Governor Evers will be signing a “Safer At Home” initiative closing all non-essential businesses.  We don’t know everything it will entail, so we cannot address it in today’s update.  As soon as information is released, our update will cover the changes for Divine Mercy.**
 
Fr. Joe wishes to thank everyone for the wonderful feedback and positive comments on his Friday video message.  He continues to hold you and your intentions in his prayers and Mass offerings.  
 
Mass and Prayer Services
The bishops of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will be offering "Daily Reflections,"  Check the Archdiocesan page or subscribe to receive the daily message.
 
Until we are notified of changes due to the “Safer At Home” initiative and/or news from the Archdiocese, Chapel Hours and Adoration are still in effect.
 
Chapel Hours
In order to create a safe environment for those praying in our Chapel, the decision has been made to keep the doors open from 8 a.m. until Noon, Monday through Friday.  Our maintenance crew will be doing a thorough daily clean and disinfect process on all areas and touch points.  The only exception will be for Wednesday Adoration, when the doors will be open 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., unless we are directed otherwise. If no one is present, we will have to close Adoration as the Blessed Sacrament cannot be left alone.  Come pray!
 
Due to the Archdiocesan directive, there will be NO PENANCE SERVICE this Saturday at Divine Mercy, as originally planned.  However, private confession is available by appointment. Please contact the parish office at 414-762-6810 to set up an appointment with Father Joe. 
 
24 Hour Adoration for March 27 & 28, 2020
Our intentions for this 24 Hour Adoration are for all affected by the Covoid-19 virus, for our Church leaders, world leaders, and federal and state leaders, as well.  Please come pray- this is the best thing we can do, and we are able to be in the presence of the Eucharistic Lord.  We still need a couple people to cover the following time slots - Friday from 5-6 p.m. and 10-11 p.m.; Saturday morning from 2-3 a.m. and 3-4 a.m..
 
The best way to sign up is to login to our Sign Up Genius account.  Please use THIS  link.
 
Don’t forget there are lots of options to “attend” Sunday and Daily Mass on the television, radio or web.  One thing we should never neglect to do, especially during times like these, is pray.  Oh, how we will appreciate our Parish Family and the Eucharist when we are able to partake once more! Please do not take it for granted. Resources for “attending” Sunday and Daily Mass are linked further down on this page, in a letter from Fr. Joe.    
 
To close today’s update, here is a reflection from Amanda Decker, Director of Liturgy and Music:
 
As we enter week two of the Corona Virus Quarantine, today's Gospel reading gives us such a simple, but powerful, reminder and promise the amazing things that can happen when we put our faith and hope in Jesus Christ.  When you get a moment, take a look at John 4:43-54.  This is the story of the man who asked Jesus to heal his son from a terrible sickness.  Jesus never went to see the son, but just His words alone cured the boy of his severe fever.  
 
As we read this, one question hopefully lingers in your mind:  Jesus, YOU have the power to cure us.  This is something, in this "hustle and bustle" of life we forget.  Yet, during this period of uncertainty, we have the time to really reflect on this.  Take time today to read this beautiful passage, let the Word of God seep into your soul, and remind yourself that Jesus has the power to cure.  Let this be a wonderful way to kickstart a wonderful conversation with the Lord, not only today, but each and every day.
 
Friday, March 20, 2020
 

** Happy Friday, everyone! We've made it through a strange week. Just for your information, there will be no Divine Daily Updates over the weekend, unless something significant happens.**

Mass and Prayer Services
Starting today, the bishops of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will be offering "Daily Reflections," beginning with one from Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki.  Check the Archdiocesan page or subscribe to receive the message.

Fr. Joe also has a video message he’d like to share!  You can see it on our Facebook page.

NEW Chapel Hours
In order to create a safe environment for those praying in our Chapel, the decision has been made to keep the doors open from 8 a.m. until Noon, Monday through Friday.  Our maintenance crew will be doing a thorough daily clean and disinfect process on all areas and touch points. The only exception will be for Wednesday Adoration, when the doors will be open 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., unless we are directed otherwise. If no one is present, we will have to close Adoration as the Blessed Sacrament cannot be left alone.  Come pray!

24 Hour Adoration for March 27 & 28, 2020
Our intentions for this 24 Hour Adoration are for all affected by the Covoid-19 virus, for our Church leaders, for our world leaders, and our federal and state leaders, as well.  Please come pray- this is the best thing we can do, and we are able to be in the presence of the Eucharistic Lord. We still need a couple people to cover the following time slots - Friday from 5-6 p.m. and 10-11 p.m.; Saturday morning from 2-3 a.m. and 3-4 a.m.. Please use THIS link. 

Divine Mercy School
Thank you, parents, for coming to pick up your packets today.  Those that were not picked up have been sent in the mail. Online work packet learning is set to begin on Monday.  Be sure to check in with teachers daily during virtual office hours from 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. . As of today, Friday March 20, 2020 the school building, Parish Social Center, and cafeteria/kitchen are closed.  The building is undergoing a deep clean and areas need to remain closed/off limits. The Parish Office will remain open. If you need to drop things for school, please leave them in the Parish Office. At this time, school is indefinitely closed.   Look for daily updates in your email, on Facebook, or on the School website.

Early Childhood Center
ECC will be closed from Monday, March 23 through April 12, 2020.  The anticipated date of reopening will be Monday, April 13, 2020. Daily updates will be provided through email, on Facebook, and the Parish website.  Please be sure to check daily, as this is an ever changing time.

 
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Divine Mercy School
Student Work Packets for our extended leave from school will be available for pick-up at the School Office tomorrow - Friday, March 20th from 7:00 a.m. - Noon.  Please be sure to come pick up your packet!
 
Mass and Prayer Services
Even though public celebration of the Mass has been suspended for the time being, Mass is still being celebrated privately by Fr. Joe in accordance with Canon law.  All intentions are being offered as scheduled, as well as Sunday Mass “pro populo,” meaning “for the people.”  We are still praying with and for you. All are encouraged to pray an Act of Spiritual Communion during this time.  
 
The Archdiocese has asked that Chapels and Churches remain open for private prayer as much as possible.  As such, our Chapel on 695 College Avenue is open from Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. - Noon.  We ask all those who come to pray to spread out and maintain a good social distance.  
 
Wednesday Adoration will continue from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., unless we are directed otherwise. If no one is present, we will have to close Adoration as the Blessed Sacrament cannot be left alone.  Come pray!
 
Please Sign-up for 24 Hour Adoration for March 27 & 28, 2020
 
Our 24 Hour Adoration is still on for next week until we hear otherwise.  However, we need to have at least 2 people present for each hour of adoration.  If we cannot achieve this, we will either shorten the hours or cancel entirely.   If you are willing, we invite you to sign up and commit to an hour. We need to have a final count no later than THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 20TH at 5:00pm!  This will give Father Joe and our staff plenty of time to make a decision, and also get the word out if there are any changes.
 
Our intentions for this 24 Hour Adoration are for all affected by this Covoid-19 virus, for our Church leaders, for our world leaders, and our federal and state leaders, as well.  Please come pray- this is the best thing we can do, and we are able to be in the presence of the Eucharistic Lord. The best way to sign up is to login to our Sign Up Genius account.  Please use this link, here. 
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Divine Mercy School
Based on mandates from the state of Wisconsin, schools will be closed indefinitely beginning on Wednesday, March 18th at 5:00 p.m.  Our hope is that the anticipated return will be by Monday, April 13th. Please be patient as this is an ever changing time. As we have more information, it will be shared with you.  
 
Divine Mercy Early Childhood Center
The Early Childhood Center will be closed Monday, March 23rd through Sunday, April 12th.  The building will undergo a deep clean and disinfection process for the protection of all.  The Early Childhood Center will reopen on Monday, April 13th. Anyone who is currently enrolled in ECC or our school may attend the daycare during this time period; it is not open to the public.   If childcare is needed, please contact Dee Fuchs at 414-764-0283 or deefuchs@divinemercysm.org for more information. Please continue to look for communications from the school office. 
 
Mass and Prayer Services
24 Hour Adoration for March 27 & 28, 2020
As of today, our 24 Hour Adoration is still on for next week until we hear otherwise.  However, we need to have at least 2 people present for each hour of adoration. If we cannot achieve this, we will either shorten the hours or cancel entirely.   If you are willing, we invite you to sign up and commit to an hour. We need to have a final count no later than THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 20TH at 5:00pm!  This will give Father Joe and our staff plenty of time to make a decision, and also get the word out if there are any changes.
 
Our intentions for this 24 Hour Adoration is for all affected by this Covoid-19 virus, for our Church leaders, for our world leaders, and our federal and state leaders, as well.  Please come pray- this is the best thing we can do, and we are able to be in the presence of the Eucharistic Lord.
 
The best way to sign up is to login to our Sign Up Genius account.  Please use THIS  link.
 
 
 
 

 
Dear Friends, 
Today's "Daily Reflection" is from Auxiliary Bishop James Schuerman:
"With so much uncertainty, we all need hope. Now, more than ever, we look to Christ our light. It is the beginning of Holy Week, when we celebrate Christ's victory over darkness, sin and death. The celebrations of Holy Week fill us with hope, and strengthen us to bear our crosses, knowing that Christ is with us every step of the way."
We hope that you will join us by watching these daily reflections and sharing them with your community. May God bless you!
 
 

 

A Message from Fr. Joe

 
Dear Parishioners,
 
The Coronavirus continues to impact our lives and information and updates are occurring rapidly.  You may have seen that the Archbishop has suspended the public celebration of all Masses through the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, effective Wednesday, March 18th through Friday, April 3rd.  This includes all weekday and Sunday Masses. 
 
What does this mean for Divine Mercy? The Archbishop has asked that Mass continue to be celebrated, but without an assembly, so your intentions will still be offered.  There are several places where you can access the Sunday Mass:
  • Two Sunday Masses at the Cathedral will be celebrated but without an assembly.  The 9 a.m. Mass is available on Radio 920 AM, WOLF, and the 11 a.m. Mass is live-streamed on the Cathedral website.
  • Heart of the NationThese can be viewed online at anytime, or on TV at the following channels: WVTV My24 (Channel 24)  Sunday at 7am and 9am and WITI Fox 6 (Channel 6) Sunday at 5:30am.
  • EWTN: Use this is the link to access mass at anytime.
  • Channels:  Spectrum: 385 or 97, ATT U-Verse:  562, DirecTV: 370, Dish: 261
  • Shalom World: This can only be accessed on the internet, through the Shalom World App, or on the Amazon Fire Stick.  However, you can see Mass with Pope Francis and live events from the Vatican. There are also many great, family-friendly shows here, as well.
  • Word on Fire: Offerers daily mass an is accessible anytime. 
  • Daily Mass can be found on Relevant Radio, 100.1FM and 1640AM at Noon Central Time in the Milwaukee Area.  Masses will be broadcast live on these stations, on relevantradio.com, through the Relevant Radio app and also on the Father Rocky Facebook page.  Mass will be rebroadcast each evening at 7:30 p.m. CT.

Weddings, funerals, and baptisms will still occur, but attendance will be limited in accordance with CDC and WHO recommendations.  While communal penance services will be canceled, private confession will still be held. As of now, we will still offer the upcoming 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration, unless directed otherwise.  Our Chapel will remain open during our business hours (Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Friday from 8:00 a.m. - Noon) for those seeking to pray. We ask that those who come to pray spread out and maintain a good social distance between their fellow parishioners. 

Unfortunately, all other non-essential parish gatherings will be canceled or postponed.  Our Fish Fry will not take place, and we will have to forgo our Holy Name Sausage Sale . Outreach and social groups will not be meeting.  Our School and Christian Formation Program are also out of session for the time being. Further information as to instructional opportunities and return dates will be reevaluated and communicated in the near future. 

Our Parish Office will remain open and Staff will continue to serve your needs.  We ask you to view the bulletin online (limited paper copies will be available in the parish office and by the Chapel), look for information and updates on our website at  www.divinemercysm.org, Facebook, and through email. If you have any questions, please call the office and we will do our best to keep you apprised of all information as we receive it.  

We thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times.  Though uncertainty seems pervasive right now, we can always be certain of our ever-present and steadfast Lord, who remains with us through it all, our true hope and strength.  So, we ask you to continue to pray. Pray at home, pray in the Chapel, and pray wherever you are. Prayer is our most powerful weapon against uncertainty and gives us hope. Let us call on our Blessed Mother, Mary, the Angels, and the Saints to intercede for us.  Together we pray,
 
An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there 
and unite myself wholly to You. 
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.
 
In the Eucharistic Lord,
Fr. Joe

 


 

Mass and Prayer Services

  •  The Archbishop has suspended the public celebration of all Masses through the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, effective Wednesday, March 18th through Friday, April 3rd.  This includes all weekday and Sunday Masses.
  • However, we will have our chapel open and available for prayer during our normal office hours (Monday-Thursday, 8am-4pm; Friday, 8am-noon.)  There will be a check-in/ check-out procedure.  Visitors will need to come to the parish office, grab a badge and sign in.  Visitors will also need to check out.  There will be signage on the building reminding you of this new process. Of course our staff will also be here to help you.
  • The Penance Service on March 28th has been canceled.
  • ABIDE on April 3rd has been canceled.

Christian Formation Updates

  • No Sunday morning classes or makeup sessions until after Easter; tentatively resuming on April 19.
  • No Children’s Liturgy of the Word in the 9:30 am mass until after Easter; tentatively resuming on April 19.
  • Youth Ministry Events are canceled on March 31 and April 5.
  • Soon we will be providing links to resources for families to work on at home to make up classes that are missed.

Divine Mercy Catholic School

  • Our Parish School will be posting updates to their website. More information can be found here.

Parish Events

  • Fish Fry has been canceled. 
  • Holy Name Sausage Sale has been canceled. Money from the sale will be refunded
  • Christian Women's Bake Sale has been postponed - new date TBD.
  • Prayer Shawl has been canceled.
  • Grief Support for April 6th has been canceled. The April 29th date is tentative.
  • Outreach Ministries on April 8th are canceled.

Extraordinary Ministers and Communion Visits

  • For the time being and until otherwise updated, please refrain from bringing Communion to any person other than a family member.
  • Areas impacting our parish ministers: St. Lukes' South Shore has suspended volunteer activity until further notice. This includes those who distribute Communion to patients.
  • Area assisted living places including Sylvan Crossings, Meadowmere, Oak Creek Place, Willowcrest have suspended visits entirely, or suspended church services and activities.
  • Individual Communion visits to friends, neighbors and/or parishioners: For those of you who have been bringing Communion to a neighbor or friend who is unable to participate in the Mass, please let that person know that Communion visits are suspended for the time being.