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Divine Weekly Update

Wednesday, November 24 2021

 
 
In all circumstances, give thanks,
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18

 

This past Sunday, our brothers and sisters, young and old, in Waukesha were beset with tragedy at a time of community celebration.  We join our spirits in prayer with and for them.  A special prayer for the Waukesha community…

Lord, we cling to you in this time of sorrow and mourning.
Send your healing spirit to all those affected by the tragedy in Waukesha.
Bring aid and restoration to those injured,
Comfort to those who witnessed the devastation,
Peace to those who were lost, 
and solace to all who mourn.
May they feel the prayers and support of all around them 
and help them to know they are never without your abiding love and constant presence.
Deliver them from despair and give them strength and hope 
to face whatever challenges the future may hold. 
Envelope them all with your love and bring peace 
to their hearts, minds, bodies and souls in the days ahead.  
Grant unto them, O God, your Divine Mercy. 
Jesus, we trust in You. 
Amen.  

(JMK)

 
Parish News 
 

Be sure to join us for Mass tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, at 8:30 a.m. at 800 Marquette Avenue.  Bring your dinner items along in a basket for a special food blessing.  There is much to be thankful for!  Divine Mercy Parish is grateful for you and all our parish family.  In praying and partaking in the sacraments together, we celebrate our discipleship and all the blessings our God has bestowed on us.  Thank you for sharing faith with us on Thanksgiving Day and always!

The Parish Office will be closed Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th, so our staff can enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday with their families.   We wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving full of God’s abundant blessings!

Thanks to all who returned their pledge cards this past weekend for Divine Mercy’s Commitment Sunday. If you forgot yours, you can return it to the parish office or in the collection basket as soon as you are able.  Please prayerfully consider your gifts to the parish, fill out your pledge card and return it, along with your completed census form (or complete the census online). Your pledge and participation are important for the planning of our parish’s future. Thank you for your commitment to Divine Mercy Parish! 

This weekend, we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent. We invite you to join in prayer as we prepare our hearts and homes for the birth of our Lord and Savior.  The 2021 Advent Reflection Booklets are here!  We are so thankful for all staff, parishioners, and students who helped create this booklet.  Please enjoy this digital copy for your use on your phone or computer. May God Bless you abundantly this Advent Season!

All are invited to join us for a special Advent Family Night on Monday, November 29th from 6:30-8:00pm. We'll have crafts, refreshments, and prayer opportunities in the Parish Social Center at 695 College Ave, South Milwaukee, WI 53172. Bring your family and friends and start Advent off on a great note. 

There are three opportunities to come before our Eucharistic Lord in Adoration coming up! 
  • 1st Thursday Adoration on Thursday, December 2nd, 6:00 - 8:00pm at 800 Marquette Avenue. This is an on-going Adoration event throughout the year during our All Committee Nights.  Sign up here.  

  • ABIDE Adoration & Prayer on Friday, December 3rd, 6:00 - 7:00pm at 800 Marquette Avenue 

  • 24 Hour Advent Adoration from Noon on Friday, December 17th - Noon on Saturday, December 18th at 800 Marquette Avenue.  Commit to some time before our Lord!  Sign up here or on our boards at church or outside the chapel.  There will be four speakers throughout the time, as well as the opportunity for reconciliation.  This is a fantastic way to prepare yourself for Christmas.  

In need of prayers for yourself or someone else? Call on our Prayer Network by contacting Dolores 414-762-0194 or Audrey 414-762-4638, so we can pray for your intentions. We also have established an email address for your prayer requests: Memorare72@gmail.com. We hope to help many through our prayers!

Unable to join us for Mass in person?  Our homebound brothers and sisters are still an important part of our parish, and we continue to pray with and for you. If you are unable to attend with us in person at this time, we livestream our 7:30 a.m. Mass each Sunday.  Masses are available for viewing anytime after they are streamed live on our Divine Mercy Facebook and  YouTube channel. Please contact the parish office at 414-762-6810 if you or someone you know would like a visit with Communion as well.

It’s time for our Giving Tree!  Divine Mercy’s Giving Tree will be up in the Gathering Space for three weekends, beginning this weekend through the weekend of  December 11-12. Your help is needed, now more than ever. We are asking for Gift cards and monetary donations, which will be given to South Milwaukee Human Concerns, our Divine Mercy St. Vincent de Paul Society and Eras Senior Network. Gift cards in any denomination ($5, $10, $25, $50 or more) to the following stores are greatly appreciated:  Pick 'n Save, Woodman's, Wal-Mart, Amazon, McDonalds, Game Stop, Target, Kohl's, Walgreens, Meijer. Please place the gift card/s or monetary gift in an envelope marked "Giving Tree" and place it in the collection basket. DO NOT leave them in the Gathering Area by the Tree.  If possible, please also include the receipt for the gift card so the recipient knows the value of the card.  All gift cards and monetary donations are due by Sunday, December 12th. Thank you for your generosity! **Consider using Scrip for your donation!  This would be a gift to both our Giving Tree recipients AND our School. Details on the Scrip program are further on in the Update.**  

Calling all Bakers!  The Christian Women are having a December bake sale fundraiser in the gathering space after all weekend Masses on December 4th and 5th. Donations of baked goods are appreciated and can be dropped off that weekend before Mass. Thank you, in advance, for baking and for buying!

Christian Women is also sponsoring a collection of new men’s socks and underwear for Larry Under the Bridge, SM Human Concerns and Hope House thru December 11th. Donations can be dropped outside the gathering space. Thank you for your continued support of our group's mission, and that of Divine Mercy!

The Divine Mercy Holy Name Society is having their Christmas Sausage Sale. Orders with payment are due by Saturday, December 11th for delicious, homemade Polish or Hungarian style sausage in links or in bulk. Use this order form or the paper version found in the bulletin. Pickup will be Sunday, December 19th from 8am - 1pm at the College Avenue cafeteria. Volunteers are needed December 17th & 18th to assist in preparing the meat. To volunteer, or ask questions, please contact David Bartoshevich at 414-764-2836 or Dale Abramczyk at 414-762-3296. Thank you for your support!

The Mass Intention Book and Sanctuary Lamp openings for 2022 will be available beginning Friday, December 3rd from 9:00am - 3:00pm at the Parish Office (695 College Avenue in South Milwaukee). Due to Archdiocesan directives, and because we are such a large parish, parishioners are limited to requesting 3 weekend intentions, 3 weekday intentions, 1 Marquette Ave sanctuary lamp, 2 Chapel sanctuary lamps, and 2 Mother of Perpetual Help lamps.  Allowances for more weekday Masses and chapel lamps may be made after February 1st. The customary offering is $10 per Mass intention, $10 for the sanctuary lamp at Marquette Ave, and $5 each for the Chapel lamps. We do our best to honor your wishes, but due to the restrictions placed on us, as well as the number of requests we receive, please be understanding if a particular date is full. Exceptions will be made for those recently deceased throughout the year.  Be assured no matter what, God hears your prayers for your loved ones and knows the intentions of your heart.

We are seeking nominations for the 2021 Divine Mercy Award. This award is presented annually to a parishioner who has given outstanding service to our parish community for a number of years. If you feel one of your fellow parishioners is deserving, please submit their name and your recommendation to the Parish Office by December 10th. Thank you!  

Previous winners include:  RoseMarie Voros, Mike Baranowski, Joseph Dulka, Living & Deceased Members of the Former St. Adalbert Parish, Ken & Carol Roth, Pat Valoe, Fr. Herbert Schubert, Elaine VerBraken, Living & Deceased Members of Former St. Mary Parish, Elaine Tessmer, Richard & Lorraine Lofy, Fred & Barb Meinholz, Marilyn Stewart, John & Margie Gehrman, Jackie Wainio, Kris Nowak, Judy & Jerry Kromraj, Rich Lussier, and Laurie & Tom Duellman.

Divine Mercy’s Buildings and Grounds Committee has news for November!  You can access it here.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY NEWS

Dear Knitting and Crocheting Friends,

The beautiful prayer shawls and other knitted/crocheted items have been inventoried, and we are ready to resume receiving specific items for this ministry. We have a few changes to the process, so please read on.

Based on the items most requested, most useful and most versatile for both men and women, the need right now is for knitted/crocheted (not cloth) LAP THROWS measuring approximately 30”x60.”    

"WHAT ABOUT PRAYER SHAWLS?" An ample selection of blessed PRAYER SHAWLS is still available at the parish office for any parishioner to obtain for someone in need. More shawls are not needed until further notice, but if you have some you already completed but have been waiting to deliver, by all means bring them to the office.

"HOW ABOUT BABY BLANKETS & BABY HATS and HAT & SCARVES SETS?”  A selection of  blessed BABY BLANKETS is available at the parish office. Our current supply of baby blankets and hats, as well as hat/scarves sets for both children and adults is very robust. No new items are needed until further notice, but if you have some you already completed but have been waiting to deliver, by all means bring them to the office.

"CAN I DONATE YARN, KNITTING/CROCHETING or SEWING SUPPLIES?"  We thank you for the offer, but we currently have all the supplies we can handle. We will put an announcement in the bulletin when we need to replenish.  

"CAN I OBTAIN SOME MATERIALS to GET STARTED?"  A variety of yarn and prayer tags & bags for the completed blankets are available at the parish office. Bringing blankets to the office that are already tagged and bagged will make the process so much easier to maintain. Father will then bless them before they are distributed.

"WHAT if I HAVE PLENTY of MY OWN YARN at HOME?"  Fantastic!  By all means use it.  Color, type of yarn, kind of stitch, fringe or no fringe....all your choice.  At present all we ask is that the finished item measure approximately 30”x60”, and keep in mind that since men as well as women are the recipients, some deeper colors are always nice. Again, in the parish office, we have prayer tags and bags for your completed blankets if you are able to take those extra steps. If you’re unable to, that’s no problem at all!

“I THINK I'D LIKE to BECOME the COORDINATOR of THIS MINISTRY!" We were hoping you'd say that because we need someone to oversee this ministry. Please call the parish office at 414.762.6810, and they will put us in contact with one another.  

Thank you for your generous response.  

-Colleen McCarrier

2022 Calendar Raffles are now available!  Get yours before and after all weekend Masses, or at the parish or school offices, now until December 31st. For just $20, this daily draw calendar makes a great gift for everyone on your gift list, and offers 365 chances to win!  Proceeds support both Divine Mercy School and Parish. Thanks for your support!

Parish Trustee News.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the parish has not held a trustee election for the past two years.  Our existing trustees, John Jaeger, III, Trustee-Treasurer, and Tom Wisniewski, Trustee-Secretary, had agreed to stay on and re-up their two-year terms.  We will accept nominations and hold an election again in the Spring of 2022 for the Trustee-Treasurer position.

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is excited to host Advent Missions at 18 parishes throughout southeastern Wisconsin. 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!  Join us Wednesday, December 1, 2021 | 7-8:30 p.m. at any of the following parishes on the flyer.  

Are you or a loved one in need of a beach wheelchair? Let the parish office know by Friday, November 26th, and we'll make arrangements to get it to you. 

Important News about Bulletin Deadlines.  Publication dates for our bulletin change with the holidays. If you have something you’d like included in the bulletin, please refer to the following chart for submission deadlines.  All submissions are subject to approval and space constraints.  Articles can be e-mailed to:   bulletin@divinemercysm.org, or given in hard copy to the Parish Office. Thank you!  

Sunday Bulletin            Submissions due on
       December 5                       deadline has passed 
December 12                          Thursday, 12/2
December 19                     Wednesday, 12/8
December 26                          Monday, 12/13
January 2                                 Monday, 12/20
January 9                                       Monday, 1/3

Formation News

Join us for the 2022 Wisconsin Catholic Youth Rally! All students in grades 6-12 are invited to attend! We are overjoyed to be able to bring this opportunity for prayer and fellowship to you. We will meet in the parking lot of Divine Mercy School (695 College Ave, South Milwaukee, WI 53172) at 8:30am.

Please register here or return the form at the bottom of our Youth Ministry Events Page (Username: WCYR , Password: Flyer) to the parish office, with $25 payment (cash, check, or Faith Direct), by Friday, December 17, 2021. Forms are also available at the parish office.

Please also fill out and sign both the Same Day Trip Liability Form and the WCYR Liability Form, both of which can be found at the bottom of our Youth Ministry Events Page. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Jessica Lemoine (Youth Minister) at 414-762-6810 ext. 3206 or jessicalemoine@divinemercysm.org.

Join Divine Mercy Youth Group for a few days of prayer, service, and community at Love Begins Here! LBH is the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's local mission trip for youth. We'll do various service projects during the day, and in the evening, we'll have community time and prayer opportunities. This will be an experience like no other!

Middle School: June 27-30 - Holy Family - Fond du Lac - $150

High School: July 10-15 - St. Katharine Drexel - Beaver Dam - $175

We only have ONE middle school spot and FIVE high school spots left! In addition, we have TWO adult volunteer spots for each age group! If there's enough interest this year, we'll request more spots next year.

To reserve your spot, have your parent email Miss Jessica ASAP at jessicalemoine@divinemercysm.org

Adults! If you are interested in joining us as a volunteer, please call Miss Jessica at (414)762-6810 ext. 3206 to discuss details.

We will be fundraising to cover costs of the trip. More details will be provided at a later date.

For answers to frequently asked questions, visit www.archmil.org/LBH/FAQ

All 6th-12th Graders (and their families) can join us for Mass and Breakfast! Our December dates are Fridays, December 3rd & 17th.  Mass begins at 8:30am at 695 College Avenue, in South Milwaukee, WI 53172 (The College Avenue entrance is now an exit only, so please enter from Badger Avenue). Then, we'll head over to Charleston Cafe in Cudahy for breakfast and fellowship! Students/families are responsible for purchasing their own breakfast. Please let us know if you need transportation from Mass to the cafe. 

School News

Are you looking for a way to connect? Do you enjoy writing letters? Do you enjoy being a part of the Divine Mercy community and want to share your experiences? This program is for you! Parish Pals is a new pen pal program that offers active Divine Mercy Parishioners an opportunity to connect with Divine Mercy students and their families. We are looking for parishioners willing to write back and forth with a student and their family. Interested parishioners should drop their name and address on an envelope in the Parish Pals collection box in the Gathering Area at church now through December 12th. Envelopes will be collected and brought to school to be distributed on December 15th to the students that have signed up for the Parish Pals program. Once each Parishioner has been paired with a student and their family, the family will write the first letter and send it in the initial envelope to the parishioner through the traditional mail.  We are hoping to foster positive connections between our school and parish families. The more we know each other, the stronger we can be as a parish family!

Raise a glass and Save the Date for the best night out!  Sipply Divine is returning Saturday, February 19, 2022!  Watch for more details in the coming months, but plan on an evening of wine and beer tasting, raffles, and more! See the flyer and share with your friends and family.

Catholic Financial Life is, again, sponsoring its annual Give back Contest to honor Catholic Educators!  Nominate a Catholic school teacher for their remarkable dedication to transforming the lives of their students. Submission deadline is January 7, 2022. Voting will take place from January 17-21 on Catholic Financial Life’s website. Catholic Financial Life will then convene a panel to determine the top three winners based on the number of votes, impact the teacher made and additional stories that were shared. The top three teachers will receive a $500 cash prize. Additionally, each winner’s school will also receive a $4,000 donation. Teachers spend countless hours going above and beyond to ensure students succeed both inside and outside the classroom. Their everyday acts can often go unnoticed, but let’s shine a light on these unsung heroes! Visit cfl.org/givebackcontest to nominate your favorite Catholic school teacher and for additional contest details.  

Holiday News From Scrip.  The holidays are upon us!  Like most organizations and retailers, supplies are low and shipping is slow, so order your Scrip cards today!  Our volunteers will try their best to be available after Masses 4:00, 7:30, and 9:30.  If a volunteer is not at the Scrip table, order forms will be available for pickup in the gathering space on the desk or in the parish office.  Simply indicate the card quantity and include your check made out to Divine Mercy, and place it in the offering basket addressed to "Scrip", or drop it off at the parish office.  We have a limited supply of cards available after Mass but there are hundreds of options listed on the shopwithscrip website.  We can order for you any card that's listed on the website. See our flyer for more information about Scrip. Any questions? Call or email Kristin Menzia, 414-331-3727, dmenzia@att.net.  Happy Holidays!

**Scrip also is perfect for helping out with the Giving Tree at church!  Watch for the Giving Tree beginning the weekend of November 27/28th**

Phillip and Loreen Farmer Family Memorial Scholarship Fund Fundraiser.  Order from the very popular Berres Brothers Coffee (Wisconsin made) and the company will give 15% off and make a 15% donation to the Scholarship Fund for a student at Divine Mercy. Opt to pay for shipping, or pick up in Watertown to save a little more money. Berres Brothers has excellent flavored coffees, as well as other options.  Just visit www.berresbrothers.com/discount/FFSF and use code FFSF (which should come up automatically). Thank you for your support!

Fabulous Extras throughout the Archdiocese and our Community (because there’s a lot we can’t always include in our bulletin)

South Milwaukee’s Christmas Market is back on December 11th!  See the flyer for more information. 

Willowcrest Care Facility is in need of Eucharistic Ministers to bring Communion to its residents.  The ministry has been on hiatus for a long time, and will be resuming soon. If you’d like to volunteer or need more information, please contact Kim Anderson at 414-510-4105.  It is a tremendous blessing to bring our Eucharistic Lord to those especially in need of Him.  Please consider assisting in this ministry.

Franciscan Villa is also in need of volunteers to help get residents to Mass.  Franciscan Villa, a Catholic skilled nursing facility with assisted living and memory care units, is in great need of volunteers, especially during 10:30 AM Masses on Sundays. They currently have two Masses that run concurrently, one in our assisted living unit and one in our skilled nursing facility. The main focus is getting the residents to and from our chapels on Sundays, though help during the week is also needed in the form of leading Rosary services and other devotionals and reflections. If you are a person of faith that wishes to help others continue their faith journey, please contact John Herbert, our Chaplain and Director of Mission Integration directly.  He can be reached at (414) 570-5430 or on his cell at (224) 426-1001.  Peace and God Bless!

Join Fr. Ricardo and Fr. Phillip to reflect on the First Sunday of Advent with their weekly podcast, Two Guys and a Gospel.  Listen with us for inspiration and reflection on this Sunday’s Gospel!

The Catholic Stewardship Appeal needs your help today!  We still find ourselves in a challenging time. Things are improving, but we continue to face challenges as we navigate the pandemic.  Amid the challenges, there is progress:

  • We expect to have 46 seminarians studying for the priesthood this fall.
  • Our Catholic schools are open and teaching students in person, as are parish religious education classes.
  • Employment numbers are rising, but there are still people who will need our help and support, emotionally and otherwise.

Now is the time to make sure we have the resources to support the education of our seminarians, to support our schools, to help operate our religious education programs, and to help those who can’t work right now.

Will you lend a hand by supporting the Catholic Stewardship Appeal at this time? Every gift makes a difference, no matter the amount. Thank you for your prayerful consideration.

Milwaukee Retrouvaille Weekend: Helping Couples Connect.  4 Stages of Marriage – The 4 stages of marriage are: (1) Romance, (2) Disillusionment, (3) Misery, and (4) Awakening. Many marriages experience the first 3 Stages. Marriages that end in divorce never make it to the 4th Stage of Awakening. Don’t give up without learning about the 4th Stage of Awakening. If your marriage suffers from Disillusionment or Misery, please contact Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-VI with a long I).

For confidential information about or to register for the program beginning with a weekend January 7-9, 2022 in Racine, please call (414) 502-7685 or email: Milwaukee@HelpOurMarriage.org or visit the website at http://www.HelpOurMarriage.org

Note: We will be following the facility guidelines with regards to pandemic precautions.  We understand those guidelines may change as we get closer to the dates of our weekend.  Currently, the facility requires the use of masks within all common indoor spaces and for individuals to cooperate with wellness checks upon arrival and each day of our stay.

St. Matthew Parish in Oak Creek will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, January 12th from 12:30 to 7 p.m.   You can sign up online here or by calling Lynn Lopez at 414-416-4870.   Please consider donating, as each donation saves three lives.

 

Anticipated & Previous Divine Daily & Weekly Updates

December 2021
12/03/2021
12/10/2021
12/17/2021
12/23/2021
12/31/2021

 

November 2021
11/24/2021
 
 

 
 
 

News and Updates from the Archdiocese

 
The Archdiocese has released their latest Catholic Comeback Matrix, version 9, as of May 20, 2021.
 

One Percent Prayer

The offices at the Archdiocese have put together this simple initiative for you to take 1% of your day for 30 days to get to know Jesus better in personal prayer and daily scripture reading.  You can find out more information at https://www.archmil.org/one-percent-prayer.

 

Please consider contributing to the Archdiocesan 2021 Catholic Stewardship Appeal.  Your help is needed now, more than ever.  Your gifts help our ministries continue and grow.  Raise your hand to love, and rise above.

Be Counted!