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Divine Mercy Weekly Update

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Divine Weekly Update

Friday, March 24, 2023

“I am the resurrection and the life; 
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, 
and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”
-John 11: 25-26

What’s Happening at Divine Mercy…

Stations of the Cross before all weekend Masses, beginning 25 minutes prior.
Saturday, 3/25:   Anointing of the Sick following 4:00 p.m. Mass
Monday, 3/27:    Stations of the Cross following Morning Mass (Chapel)
        9:00 a.m. - Bible Study (Parish Office Conference Room)
        6:00 p.m. - Rosary and Mother of Perpetual Help devotion (Chapel)
        6:00 p.m. - Youth Group "40" (College Ave gym)
Tuesday, 3/28:   11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - SVDP Food Pantry (Marquette Ave)
        6:30 p.m. - Women’s Bible Study (Marquette Ave)
Wednesday, 3/29:   8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Eucharistic Adoration (Chapel)
  6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Men’s Group (Marquette Ave)
Thursday, 3/30:  Stations of the Cross before morning Mass (Chapel)
Friday, 3/31:      Lenten Friday - abstain from meat
      12:00 p.m. - 24-Hr Adoration begins (Marquette Ave)
                -see Adoration prayer schedule below-
      6:00 p.m. - Penance Service (Marquette Ave)
Saturday, 4/1:  10:00 a.m. - Penance Service (Marquette Ave)
                               12:00 p.m. - 24-Hr Adoration ends
Stations of the Cross before all weekend Masses, beginning 25 minutes prior.
Palm Sunday Masses - Holy Week begins

Keep reading for more details on these and other happenings.

Parish News

Thanks to all who joined us at our Parish Mission!   We are grateful to Fr. Greg Plata, OFM, for leading us in prayer and reflection over the course of our three Mission days.  We pray that all who attended grew in faith and understanding of our rich Catholic faith.  Check out our Mission page for photos and more thank you’s.  

The schedule for Holy Week and beyond is now available.  See our Mass schedule page for all the details.

Anointing of the Sick is offered on the last Saturday of each month, following the 4:00 p.m. Mass.  Anyone preparing for surgery or other medical procedure, and all those in need of healing are encouraged to come for Mass and stay for anointing.  

Holy Name Easter Sausage orders and payment are due this Saturday, 3/25.   PLEASE DO NOT PUT YOUR ORDERS IN THE COLLECTION BASKET; see a Holy Name member on Saturday in the Gathering Space to turn your order in.  Sausage Pickup will take place Sunday, April 2 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 695 College Avenue.  Use the order form in the bulletin or print one here.  Volunteers are needed to help cut and grind the sausage on Friday, 3/31 at 8:00 a.m. and make and package the sausage on 4/1.  To volunteer or ask a question, contact David Bartoshevich at 414-764-2836 or Dale Abramczyk at 414-762-3296.  Thank you!

Get all the latest Christian Formation news herePlease keep our eight youth Confirmation Candidates in your prayers this weekend as they go on retreat this Friday-Saturday.  May God deepen their faith and help them to recognize and use the gifts of the Holy Spirit as they grow in discipleship. 

The next Grief Support is Monday, March 27th from 10-11:30 am at 800 Marquette Ave.  Fr. Bob Betz will be our special guest.  Fr. Bob's vocation as a priest, along with his volunteer work as chaplain for the fire department, has given him a wealth of wisdom on the topic of grief.  Hope you can come - bring a friend.

Do you have ten minutes to spare?  Each moment you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament brings joy, pleasure, and delight to His Sacred Heart.  Our Lenten 24-hour Adoration is approaching.  Please stop in for any amount of time that you can to pray!! Jesus will delight whether it is five minutes, 30 minutes or an hour.

Lenten 24-Hour Adoration
March 31-April 1
at 800 Marquette Avenue

For information about being an Adoration Anchor or Door monitor (for those who are able to commit to an hour or more) see the boards in the Gathering Space or Chapel or at look forward to praying with you!

There are a number of special prayer periods during our Adoration.  Here is a schedule if you are trying to plan for communal prayer or silent prayer times:

Friday, March 31:  12:00 p.m. - Exposition, Angelus, Rosary
3:00 p.m. - Divine Mercy Chaplet
4:00 p.m. - Scriptural Stations of the Cross and musical reflections
6:00 p.m. - Penance Service followed by individual Reconciliations until 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 1:  6:00 a.m. - Angelus, Rosary
8:00 a.m. - Stations of the Cross
8:30 a.m. - Daily Morning Mass
10:00 a.m. - Penance Service followed by individual Reconciliations until 11:50 a.m.
11:50 a.m. - Benediction begins


Families are encouraged to join us for the Scriptural Stations of the CrossSee here for more details. 

Join us for two Reconciliation opportunities during 24-Hour Adoration:  Friday, March 31, 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, April 1, 10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m..  We will have penance services with an examination of conscience.  Priests will then be available to hear your confession and offer individual absolution.  

Other options for reconciliation before Easter include Saturdays before Mass at Divine Mercy, 3:00 - 3:40 p.m., the Archdiocesan 12 Hours of Reconciliation on March 29th offered at 11 parishes across the Archdiocese, or visit Find a Confession anytime for area opportunities. Return to God with all your heart this Lent!

Did you know we are in the midst of a National Eucharistic Revival?  A recent Pew Research Center study showed that only 31% of Catholics believe in the true presence of our Lord in the Eucharist.  With only 39% of Catholics attending weekly Mass, we are in desperate need of our Lord!  Encounter Jesus in the Mass This Easter With This 7-Week Series Offered by the Eucharistic Revival.  A new reflection series will be released every Thursday from Divine Mercy Sunday to Pentecost, April 13 through May 25.  Find out more and sign up here.

Divine Mercy Catholic School is now enrolling students for the 2023-24 school year!  If you’re looking for an amazing school for your K3-8th graders - look no further!   We are part of the Wisconsin Parental Choice, Milwaukee Choice, and Racine Choice Schools. Visit our website and contact us today for more information and to arrange a tour.  414-764-4360 or   Come see the Divine difference.  You belong here!

Save the Date!  Divine Mercy Women’s Retreat Committee invites all ladies, daughters, and friends to join us for Cup of Joy 4 on Saturday, June 10.  Connie Schneider will speak to us on how to let “Jesus, take the wheel.”  See the invitation here.

How do we respond to friends and family experiencing struggles with their identity?  This is obviously a very contentious topic in our day, but one that we can help speak into as a local Church.  The Office of Evangelization & Catechesis of the Archdiocese is offering a few presentations on "The Transgender Movement: What Catholics Need to Know."  The same presenters - from the Person & Identity Project - will be presenting.

These presentations are designed for adult Catholics in the pew - school parents, grandparents, young adults, etc..  The presentations will be held at Christ King in Wauwatosa on March 27 from 7-9 p.m., another at St. Francis Borgia in Cedarburg on March 28 from 7-9 p.m., and another in Spanish at the archdiocesan offices on March 27 from 7-9 p.m..

These presentations are free, but registration is needed.  Click the respective links for information on how to register.  

DONATIONS NEEDED: Are you organizing, cleaning-out, simplifying, or decluttering during Lent? If so, please don't forget to set aside what you discard for the upcoming Christian Women Spring Rummage Sale! The sale will be held April 15th and more details will follow. Please note we cannot accept TVs/computers, broken furniture, broken toys or broken household items, or stained/ripped clothing. Have questions? Contact Charlotte Dey at 262-412-7706.

Parish Environment Committee:  Holy Week and Easter Church Decorating Help Needed!  The Parish Environment Committee is now accepting sign-ups for volunteers to help with decorating the church (Marquette Ave campus) for Holy Week and Easter.  Similar to decorating for Advent/Christmas, changes will occur at the church over the course of several different dates with Holy Week being the busiest.  Please use the sign-up link to reserve your spot.

If you have general questions about helping out with the Parish Environment team or would like to attend a Parish Environment Committee Meeting, please email Jenelle Mancheski ( ) and Vanessa Schmoll ( ) directly.

Are you preparing for a child, or have a child in need of baptism?  Sign up for our next baptism class on Wednesday, 5/10/2023 from 6:30-7:30 pm, held at 800 Marquette Avenue.  **Baptisms are not held during Lent.**  Families should contact Chris Mancheski, Director of Faith Formation, at 414-762-6810 ext. 3212 or  AND sign up on the link provided.

Are you recently engaged and intend on having a sacramental marriage?  Are you civilly married and would like your marriage blessed?  We invite you for marriage preparation or convalidation!  What’s that?  Contact Chris Mancheski for more information at 414-762-6810 ext. 3212 or 

Upcoming Important 2023 Save the Dates at Divine Mercy Parish:
  • March 31 - April 1, noon - noon - 24-Hr Adoration at 800 Marquette Ave
  • March 31 - Penance Service, 6-8 p.m. at 800 Marquette Ave
  • April 1 - Penance Service, 10 a.m. - noon at 800 Marquette Ave
  • April 15 - Spring Rummage Sale at College Avenue
  • April 16 - Divine Mercy Sunday

 Mark your calendar and watch for coming details on these events!

On-going Offerings 

Monday Morning Bible Study  meets every Monday right after Mass in the conference room in the parish office; about 9:15 a.m..  We would love to have you!  Please contact Laurie Bania if you have any questions at 414-350-8469 or the office and leave a message.  

Mother of Perpetual Help devotion and Rosary is offered every Monday at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel at College Avenue.  

Students and friends in grades 6-12 are invited to join us for Youth Group for our Lenten series-  “40”.  We meet Mondays in the gym at 695 College Avenue from 6-8 p.m..  Come join us!

St. Anthony Devotional Group meets every other Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel at College Avenue.  The group will next meet on Tuesday, April 4.  All are welcome!

Women's Bible Study meets twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Marquette Ave.  Please call Laurie Bania with any questions at 414-350-8469 and leave a message.  

Divine Mercy’s St. Vincent de Paul Society hosts a Food Pantry every Tuesday from 11am-1pm at 800 Marquette Avenue. The need has been steady and bins for food collection will be in the entry of church on a weekly basis.  At this time our shelves are approaching capacity with food and we would appreciate the following items in lieu of food: toiletries (toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, body wash/soap, cotton swabs, bandages, etc.). Your support is deeply appreciated!!   If you have questions or want to get involved, contact Chad Geurts at 414-892-3909. 

Divine Mercy’s Dynamic Men’s Group meets Wednesday Nights, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Gathering Space at 800 Marquette Avenue.   Here are the dates so you can join us:   March 29 - April 19, 26 - May 10, 17 

Same format as this past fall. Fellowship starts at 6 PM. Short video at 6:30 PM followed by small group discussions. Finished usually no later than 7:45 PM. Many of you have talked about how much attending these sessions have meant to you. Share this joy with a friend or relative and bring them along. For more information, contact Gary Branger at .

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: 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 Mass each Sunday.  Please contact the parish office at 414-762-6810 if you or someone you know would like a visit with Communion as well.  Masses are available for viewing anytime on our YouTube channel.  Live streams appear at the top of the page as they occur.  Our channel also has a cache of 200+ videos from the last two years nested under playlists according to type.  Listen to a homily again or share it with someone else, hear our ABIDE speakers, and more! 

Guatemalan coffee is available for sale at the Parish Office.  Cafe Juan Ana was established in 1992 by Fr. Greg Schaffer in response to challenges faced by primarily indigenous coffee farmers. Named in honor of his father & mother, John & Ann, the coffee is a delicious treat, with beans grown in rich volcanic soil.  A variety of coffee is available for $13.00 per bag.  After the independent farmer is paid, processing & shipping is covered, the balance of each bag purchased goes toward educational scholarships that Divine Mercy provides to needy students in Chinique, Guatemala.  Thank you for your purchase!

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, perfect for gifts or as a treat for yourself.  Just visit and use code FFSF. 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)

Pray, Reconcile, Rejoice.  On Wednesday, March 29, 2023, area priests will be available for the sacrament of Reconciliation at 11 parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.  For a list of locations and more information, click here.

Journey the Camino!  See here for details on this incredible movie experience on March 29th.

Walking the Way of the Cross with Survivors

Awake Milwaukee, a grassroots Catholic organization, invites Catholics who want to participate in healing from the abuse crisis to join us for our next virtual prayer service on Wednesday, March 29 at 7pm CDT on Zoom.  This powerful Lenten prayer service combines the traditional Stations of the Cross devotion with reflections written by abuse survivors. Please RSVP at to watch live or to receive the event recording via email.

Undone: A Healing the Whole Person Retreat for Women
March 30-April 1, 2023 | St. Alphonsus Parish & School, Greendale

A three-day retreat experience for women who desire healing, freedom, and deep transformation in their feminine identity. The weekend includes Adoration, time for prayer, worship, small group discussion, interactive and guided meditation, and much more. Learn More and register for in-person or virtual, or contact with questions. 

South Milwaukee Knights of Columbus 1709 invites you to a Lenten Fish Fry (baked or fried) on Friday, March 31st from 4-7pm at their clubhouse on 732 Badge Avenue in South Milwaukee.  2 piece dinner for $12; 3 piece dinner for $14.  Includes a huge salad bar when dining in.  Take outs available (salad bar not included).  Many of our parishioners are Knights or members of the Ladies Auxiliary and appreciate your support! 

Friday March 31, 2023 
Made outside in big kettles - just like Door County 
9329 South Chicago Road (Highway 32) in Oak Creek 
Serving from 4:00 - 7:00 PM
Boiled potatoes, carrots, onions, delicious fish, Cole slaw, bread, home-made desserts
Advance tickets $13.50 at St. Matthew’s Parish Office
Adult at-the-door Take-outs $14.00
Children (3-12 years) $4.00
Need more information?
Call 414-762-4200

The Redemptorist Retreat Center is offering Various Retreat and Reflection opportunities to help grow your relationship with God.  See their website for all the opportunities, including a Holy Week Silent retreat April 3-8, Weekend Women’s Retreats in March, Men’s Retreats, and a Grieving Retreat October 31-Nov. 1.

The South Milwaukee/St. Francis Health Department is running a program called Stepping On beginning April 4th. The program is for older adults to bring awareness to the many slip, trip, fall hazards we face in our daily lives, both inside and outside of our homes. See their flier for more information.

Support the Catholic Stewardship Appeal today!  Every gift makes a difference, no matter the amount. Thank you for your prayerful consideration.

The Syrena Polish Folk Dance Ensemble is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to preserving and sharing Polish folk culture. On April 2, 2023, the Syrena Polish Dancers will be sponsoring their 38th annual Święcone Easter Buffet. Guests will enjoy a variety of Polish Easter foods and desserts, entertainment, roaming accordionist, raffle and Polish folk items for sale. Please consider advertising this traditional community event in your Sunday bulletin. Attached is the full press release and ticket order form.

Święcone Polish Easter Buffet
Sponsored by: The Syrena Polish Folk Dance Ensemble
Sunday – April 2, 2023 -2:00pm
Blessed Sacrament Church Hall
S.41st Street & Oklahoma Ave.  Milwaukee, WI  
$25.00 Adults         $10.00 12 & under
For Tickets: Send order form and check made out to "Syrena" to this address:
Syrena Dancers
3236 S. New York Ave.
Milwaukee, WI  53207
Tickets may also be purchased online at

ARISE-MKE invites Families to Adoration.  See their event flier for all the details.

Calling all youth!  The 6th annual Pro-Life Wisconsin Prayer Card Art Contest is underway for students in grades 1-12! Do you love painting, drawing, photography, or graphic design? Submit your artwork and have a chance to win the 2023 contest for your grade. If chosen as a winner, we will reach out to your pastor for a pro-life prayer which will be printed on the back of your artwork in prayer card form. Prayer cards will be printed and distributed through your church and Pro-Life Wisconsin. All entries must be postmarked by May 1, 2023.  For more details and to submit artwork, visit their website.


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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


Please consider contributing to the Archdiocesan 2023 Catholic Stewardship Appeal Your gifts help the church continue to grow and serve others as we light the world to heaven.