Divine Mercy Weekly Update
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Divine Weekly Update
Friday, June 11, 2021
The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower.
All who come to him will live forever.
After careful consideration and observation over the past few weeks, we’re excited to announce that our liturgies are gradually returning to normal! Things will be slightly different at Mass this weekend. As more people are being vaccinated, and CDC and Archdiocesan guidelines have changed, we are able to lift many of the restrictions we’ve been adhering to. We will still remain cautious and keep our sanitization and cleaning protocols in place, but effective immediately:
- The ropes separating pews have been removed; you may sit where you’d like to. We DO ask that you be respectful of those around you and still give some measure of space to those not in your household.
- Masks are optional throughout church. We will not have special sections; rather, it is up to your discretion to wear a mask or not based on your comfort level. We recommend following the CDC guidelines and wearing a mask if you are not fully vaccinated for your own protection.
- The Holy Water dispenser at the front of church is now available for those wanting holy water. Please bring your own bottle.
- The Holy Water Dispensing fonts have arrived for use on the way in and out of Mass! We will eventually have our large font back, but these fonts provide a safe and touchless option for all, and we will continue to utilize them, even once our large font is back in use.
- The Assisted Listening Devices are available if you have trouble hearing in church. They are cleaned after each use. Please see an usher to sign out a receiver and headphones, or a neck loop for those with hearing aids, and to receive instructions for their use during Mass.
- Beginning July 4th, our 11:00 a.m. Mass time will resume. We have observed that people are able to exit church relatively quickly, so there is no need to have extra time between the Sunday celebrations.
Divine Mercy continues to be grateful for the cooperation and patience of our parish family as we navigate the changing dynamics of the COVID pandemic. While it’s not over yet, things are steadily improving. Continue to pray for an end to the virus and for each other, that we can all remain happy, healthy, and holy. We look forward to the days of a full return of our parishioners and our full, unrestricted celebration of the Mass.
Share Sunday will take place next weekend, June 19th & 20th, and will benefit Franciscan Peacemakers. Franciscan Peacemakers assists women who are engaged in prostitution, who have been trafficked, or are addicted to drugs to leave the streets and start a new life. They offer a live-in community, where women can build skills, gain confidence, and a support network while healing from abuse, drugs, and other trauma. Thank you for helping those in need through this organization!
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 remember in prayer the souls of all the recently deceased of our parish, and all those who are sick and dying. May they enjoy the fullness of life in the company of the risen Christ, and may those who mourn receive the gift of God’s peace in their time of grief. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
We are preparing for our next Divine Mercy social event and fundraiser at the European Beer Garden of South Milwaukee, aka the farmers market site on July 9-10. In addition to food and beverages we will have a small raffle and a silent auction. We need your help in seeking donations. Instead of a giving tree we will put up tri-fold boards with tags on them located in the gathering space. Tags detail items needed to assemble themed gift baskets. Please take a tag or two, purchase the requested items and return to church no later than June 27th. With your help, our themed baskets will be as beautiful as usual. Thank you for all of your help. More information to follow about this event.
Stay tuned for another exciting Divine Mercy Raffle! More details next week. Let’s just say, it’s gonna be MEGA with loads of potential for all who participate!
Mark your calendars to join the Women’s Retreat Committee on Saturday, October 16th for the Annual Women’s Retreat.
Divine Mercy would like to congratulate our graduating seniors! We are so proud of your accomplishments and excited to see where the Lord takes you next. If you are going to college, click this link to download an app that will connect you to your Catholic campus ministry. May the Lord bless you and guide you on your life’s journey!
Divine Mercy’s Youth Group is back for Summer! We’ll be meeting again every Monday, beginning June 14th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Social Center at 695 College Avenue. We’ll be talking about vocations over the summer, and invite all those in grades 6-12 to join our group. Our first session is a social one - so be ready for some fun and fellowship! Contact Jessica Lemoine, Youth Minister, at 414-762-6810 ext. 3206 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns. Come join us and bring a friend!
Friday Mass and Breakfast - Calling all rising 6th graders through graduated high school seniors!!! Join us for daily Mass this summer on Fridays at 8am!!! Afterwards, we'll head over to Charleston Café in Cudahy for breakfast/coffee and fellowship! Mass is at 800 Marquette Avenue. Families are welcome to join us! Please arrange for transportation from the church to the café.
Youth Volunteer Opportunity - We'll be sorting clothing donations at Fr. Gene's Help Center on Wednesday, June 30th from 1-4pm. Please dress comfortably, yet modestly, and bring a water bottle. Parents/guardians are welcome! All youth must bring a Same Day Trip Liability Form signed by a parent or guardian. Please register for youth group, so that we have parent contact information. We'll meet in the parking lot of the school (695 College Ave) at 12:20pm and be back by 4:30pm.
Registration for 2021-22 Christian Formation is open! See the Formation Page of the Divine Mercy website or contact Jessica Lemoine at 414-762-6810 ext. 3206 or email@example.com for more information or to register.
Vacation Bible School is back! It will be held on August 2nd-5th at 695 College Avenue. Our theme this year is Magnificent Mass. Rising K4-5th graders are invited to attend, and older students and parents are invited to volunteer. Drop off starts at 5:00 p.m., programming runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and pick up ends at 8:00 p.m. Contact Jessica Lemoine at (414)762-6810 ext. 3206 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to register or volunteer. Please also contact Jessica if you would like to donate food or funds to make this year's VBS a success!
Young men in high school and middle school are invited to join Fr. Luke, Fr. John, and Milwaukee seminarians for Camp De Sales, an opportunity to encounter God in prayer and community. All camps will be held at St. Francis de Sales Seminary. For more information, or to register your son, please contact the Vocation Office at email@example.com | 414-747-6437 or visit www.thinkpriest.org/events/
See a ball game and support women and babies at the same time! The Women’s Care Center has partnered with the Milwaukee Milkmen for a game with a portion of ticket sales going to support the Women’s Care Center, whom we have supported through our Share Sunday in the past, as well as through our Christian Women’s May Baby Shower. If you’re interested, see the details here.
Divine Mercy School is in the process of our self-study for accreditation. One of the pieces that we need your help in completing is a survey of parishioners regarding various aspects and attributes of our school. We would greatly appreciate your time and assistance in filling out the survey.
If you are not online, you can call the school to request a paper copy. Your opinions are important to us! Each community member is encouraged to fill out a separate survey by June 15th. Current school parents should not fill out this particular survey, as they will be receiving a link to a survey applicable to them. Thank you!
Are you or someone you know looking for an amazing School? Divine Mercy Catholic School is now enrolling K3-8th grade! But hurry! We are quickly filling up for next year and several classes are already full. Looking for a sneak peek? Check out our virtual tour on our School Facebook Page. Divine Mercy is proud to be a Milwaukee and Wisconsin Parental Choice School. Contact the school office for more information and to arrange a tour at 414-764-4360.
SCRIP fundraiser gift cards are available for purchase using our updated order form. Thank you for your continued support of Home & School during this strange year. Through the help of parents and parishioners, SCRIP was able to donate $6,000 to Home & School this year! Tell your friends and family how Scrip can benefit your student by lowering your tuition payment and helping Home & School provide resources to your student at the same time! For more information about SCRIP, contact Kristin Menzia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-331-3727. Thank you for your support of this on-going fundraiser!
News and Updates from the Archdiocese
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.