Divine Mercy Weekly Update
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Divine Weekly Update
Friday, August 5, 2022
“Where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.
…You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,
the Son of Man will come.”
- Luke 12:34,40
Join us for ABIDE Adoration & Prayer TONIGHT! Our August 5th ABIDE will feature a devotion to St. Anthony and other prayers. This is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with Eucharistic Adoration and seek peace for your soul! Through shared prayer, silent prayer and reflection time, and abiding in the presence of our Eucharistic Lord, we draw ever closer to his sacred heart. It’s a powerful hour we hope you’ll join us for. August 5th at 6:00 p.m. in church at 800 Marquette Avenue. All are welcome and encouraged to abide!
Divine Mercy’s August Share Sunday collection will be collecting school supplies to benefit clients of South Milwaukee Human Concerns THIS weekend and next, August 6/7 and 13/14. Please place your donations in the marked containers in the gathering space. The monetary August Share Sunday collection will benefit our Divine Mercy School for the teachers to purchase supplies for their classrooms. Thank you for your generosity!
Needed supplies include:
The next Good Grief gathering will take place at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 8th at the BE Club (1919 12th Ave in South Milwaukee) for informal socializing in a casual atmosphere with delicious breakfast/lunch offerings. Just look for our sign and join us. “Grief shared is halved, joy shared is doubled.” -Proverb
The St. Vincent De Paul Meal Program is back and we need your help! Following a long pause from COVID, we are resuming our help with the meal program. Volunteers are needed to prepare, cook, and serve a meal on the second Thursday of each month. We need volunteers to prepare the meal from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. in the Divine Mercy school cafeteria, and cook it from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.. It is then transported to the St. Vincent De Paul meal site by 4:00 p.m. and served by our volunteers. Divine Mercy’s first meal will take place August 11th and every second Thursday thereafter. If you can help in any part of this process, please contact Many Torres at 414-510-8985 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s join together during these difficult times to help those in need!
Divine Mercy’s St. Anthony Devotional group meets next on August 9th at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel at 695 College Avenue. This hour-long devotion features powerful prayer reflection on Scripture, and on the life of this saint of wonders. Members pray for various needs and witness to the miraculous intercession of St. Anthony. All are welcome and encouraged to join. Questions? Contact Deacon Kenneth at 414-762-6810 ext. 3203 or email email@example.com. St. Anthony of Padua, pray for us!
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? 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 ou Divine Mercy Facebook and YouTube channel. Live streams appear at the top of the page as they occur. Our channel also has a cache of over 200 videos from the last two years. Listen to a homily again or share it with someone else, hear our ABIDE speakers, and more!
“I will sing the Lord’s praise, for He has been good to me.” - Psalm 13:6. Divine Mercy’s Adult Choir is looking for more members! This group is open to ages 15 and up, and can use all voice parts, especially altos and tenors. While it isn't a requirement, basic music reading skills are a huge plus. Consider joining us for our first practice to see if this is the ministry for you- all you need to bring is yourself and a joyful spirit!
Ready to volunteer? Contact Amanda Decker at 414-762-6810 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to singing with you!
Our Fall Celebration and MEGA Raffle drawing is just 6 weeks away and needs your help! As you know, only 2,500 tickets will be sold. We need to sell 1,094 to break even, and more if the parish is to make any profit. We are about half-way to our break even point right now. PLEASE do not wait until the last minute to purchase your ticket (and chance at one the 250 prizes, including the grand prize of $15,000). Sell to your friends, neighbors, and co-workers and invite them all to our Fall celebration on Saturday, September 17th from 2-8 p.m. for music, family lawn games, food trucks (including Atwood Hwy BBQ, Rose Mob Grill and Short N’ Sweet), outdoor Mass at 4 p.m., our famous Raffle baskets, and of course, our MEGA Raffle drawing! Plan for a wonderful afternoon and evening of fellowship and fun. Help us out and spread the word. Let’s make this a sell-out Raffle!
Tickets are on sale after all weekend Masses and at the Parish Office. Only 2,500 will be sold, and there are 250 prizes, for a 1 in 10 chance (or better) that you’ll be a winner! Tickets are $50 each, with our Grand Prize being $15,000 and the lowest prize - a double of your investment at $100. Odds are in your favor! Stubs and money can be turned in at the table at Church, to the Parish Office, or in the collection basket in a marked envelope. Cash, checks made out to Divine Mercy Parish, or even credit cards are accepted this year!
We are also in need of large baskets for our famous raffle baskets. The larger the baskets, the larger the prize, and the emptier your closets or basements will be! Please feel free to drop any baskets near the tables with the tri-fold boards or in the bins, found in the gathering space at church. If anyone is interested in helping put the themed baskets together, please text Karen Jaeger at 414-378-1826 or email email@example.com. Thank you for your generosity and for helping make this event a MEGA success!
Your prayers are working, but we still have some positions to fill. Jesus told the disciples in today’s gospel, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” Divine Mercy is seeking dedicated, faith-filled individuals to join our school and parish staff in a variety of open positions, including Director of Faith Formation, Coordinator of Child & Youth Ministries, K5 Teacher, 1st Grade Teacher, and Lunchroom Aide. If you or someone you know would be interested in joining the Staff, please follow the above links for more information. Please pray that our positions will soon be filled by those seeking to fulfill the gospel mission at our core.
The Divine Mercy Buildings & Grounds Committee has released an update on the floor replacement project taking place at College Avenue. You can read all about it in this weekend’s bulletin or by clicking here. Thank you to all the members of the DMBGC for their continued dedication and planning to keep our sites in top condition!
Divine Mercy School is having a McDonald's Fundraising Night! Mention Divine Mercy School or show the attached flier on August 22, 2022 from 4-7pm at McDonald's of Cudahy. Thank you for your support!
School begins at Divine Mercy on Tuesday, August 23rd! A reminder to all who visit the campus during the week for Mass and other business– College Avenue is EXIT ONLY. Everyone should enter from Badger Avenue/St. Sylvester Drive. Chains will be placed after student drop-off takes place in the morning and visitors will need to leave the Badger Avenue way during the school day. Thank you for keeping our children safe!
Laundry - like our Heavenly Father’s Love - is never ending…We are in need of someone to help launder our priests' and deacon's albs at our College Ave. location. They are usually washed every 2-3 weeks, and it could even be a once a month obligation if there is more than one volunteer willing to help. Please contact Amanda Decker in the parish office if you are interested in helping out. 414-762-6810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pssst.....Did you have a garage sale this summer and have leftovers? Wanted to have a rummage sale and you're not gonna get to it this year? Doing some summer cleaning? Please don't forget to SAVE YOUR ITEMS FOR DONATION to the Divine Mercy Fall Rummage Sale in October! Details coming soon. Thanks in advance for your support!
Calling all youth! Divine Mercy’s Youth Group has a special event in the works, and you don’t need to be a member to join in! Join us August 26th from 6-8 p.m. at College Avenue for our Top Gun Water Games! This event is for all incoming 6th-12th graders and their friends - the more the better! See our flier for all the details. End summer with a blast!
Save the Date for the 7th Annual Divine Mercy Women’s Retreat on Saturday, October 29th from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 800 Marquette Avenue in South Milwaukee. All women are invited to meditate on the life of Mary - Servant of God, Disciple of Jesus. $25 includes meals and all materials. The day will include Mass, light breakfast, our program, lunch, and the opportunity for Adoration and Reconciliation. See the flier here. Plan to join us!
Divine Mercy’s St. Vincent de Paul Society hosts a Food Pantry every Tuesday from 11am-1pm at 800 Marquette Avenue. Hard times can fall on anyone; St. Vincent De Paul can help. Please stop by if you are in need of food or toiletries and pass the word along to anyone you think could use the assistance. Questions? Please contact Chad Geurts at 414-892-3909.
Don’t forget to register for our 2022-23 Faith Formation program. New and returning families can register by clicking the links. Questions or concerns can be directed to the parish office at 414-762-6810. We look forward to learning and growing in faith with you.
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There’s still time to get involved and help build the community through MKE Habitat for Humanity! We are looking for a group of 5 or more volunteers to work on one or more of the following dates: 8/6, and 8/11. There is LOTS happening out on the build sites. Be sure to join us AND follow us on Facebook at BuildingOnFaithMKE. Check out these photos of Sr. Thea Bowman's Catholic House that Divine Mercy is helping with! All volunteers 18 and older are welcome. If you are interested, please contact Steven Harpo Janiszewski for more information and details at 414-736-5245 or his email: email@example.com. Thank you for your continued prayers and support of MKE Habitat for Humanity!
Fabulous Extras throughout the Archdiocese and our Community (because there’s a lot we can’t always include in our bulletin)
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Respect Life Office are pleased to announce a Traveling Rosary program to pray for the protection of the unborn. Beginning August 6, the first Saturday of every month, a local parish will host the Rosary, which may also include Mass and/or Adoration. We ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede with her son, Our Lord, for the continued protection of the unborn and support for mothers and fathers facing difficult pregnancies. Check out the schedule and plan on joining us!
Do you feel connected with God when you're surrounded by the beauty of nature? Awake Milwaukee invites you to us on Thursday, August 11 at 7pm at Estabrook Park in Milwaukee for an outdoor prayer service to reflect on the gift of God's creation. More information and registration is available at www.awakemilwaukee.org/prayer.
South Milwaukee’s FREE Community Dinner is back! Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. at 1111 N. Chicago Ave. in South Milwaukee. Enter through the parking lot door of the First Congregational United Church of Christ building. Held next on August 18 - All are welcome!
*** Hosts needed! Various community partners make and host the meal each month. There are still openings where there is no host. If you are interested in organizing a group to take a month or two, contact Sandy Chojnacki at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Devoted Motherhood | August 19-20, 2022 Every Catholic mother needs enrichment, renewal, and a deeper understanding of having Christ at the center of her life. Join us August 19-20, 2022 at the Redemptorist Retreat Center, Oconomowoc for a retreat designed to help moms of all ages encounter Christ through the great gift of Catholic motherhood. Spots are limited - register today to save your spot!
Join parish leaders from around the Archdiocese at our 6th annual Catechetical Conference held August 25-27 at the Mary Mother of the Church Pastoral Center. Centered on our theme of “Lord, to whom shall we go?” we will gather, pray, and learn together how to invite those we serve into a life-changing encounter and relationship with Jesus Christ. The first two days are designed for parish leaders, but Saturday is specifically for catechists! Find information and check out the full schedule by visiting www.archmil.org/Catechetical-Conference.
Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology’s master’s program for laity: Cor Unum: What is God calling you to next? The mission of the Cor Unum program is to help people heal and evangelize our fractured world. Much more than a degree, Cor Unum helps people understand their unique place in God’s plan, offering spiritual, pastoral and human formation as well as academics. A cohort of 12 – 14 lay students from a wide range of backgrounds and ages journey through the 22 month program together. The total tuition is at a very reduced level for the Fall 2022 cohort: $9500 (down from $20,460). Thanks to a donation, we also have a limited number of $1000 - $2000 scholarships based on need and given out in order of application. Admissions are open and rolling. Please see Sacred Heart’s website for more information or contact Monica Misery for a tour: 414-858-4654, email@example.com . You can read about the program in this story by the Catholic Herald.
The 2022 Catholic Stewardship Appeal needs your help today! “It’s our task, our duty, our responsibility, and our pride to share the extreme, extravagant love that God has given to each of us.” 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. See the video below for how your gift makes an impact. Support the Catholic Stewardship Appeal. Every gift makes a difference, no matter the amount. Thank you for your prayerful consideration.
News and Updates from the Archdiocese
Continuing Our Parish COVID Protocols
As we continue to learn to live with COVID-19 in our midst, and adjust to the changing variants, I am thankful for our pastors and parish leaders and their diligence in continuing the protocols already in place to help people feel safe while attending Mass. The protocols may include clearly designated areas for mask wearing and social distancing, as well as providing hand sanitizer and extra cleaning.
When possible, those who hold large parish meetings where social distancing options are not available, should consider changing to virtual attendance or postponing for now.
While there has been no outbreak of COVID-19 from Mass attendance, I’d like to encourage people to exercise personal responsibility. Those who feel sick, or who are especially at risk of health complications, should stay home and watch Sunday worship on the many Masses broadcast on TV and live-streamed on social media until they feel comfortable returning to in-person Mass. In those situations, or for those taking care of someone who is sick, Sunday Mass attendance is excused.
Our Sunday worship is a joyful obligation. It is a witness to God as the priority in our lives. By remaining diligent in these ways, we help ensure our parishioners feel safe attending Mass and can continue experiencing the connectedness of our parish communities, which is such a vital part of our lives.
Yours in Christ,
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 2022 Catholic Stewardship Appeal. “It’s our task, our duty, our responsibility, and our pride to share the extreme, extravagant love that God has given to each of us.” Your help is needed now, more than ever. Your gifts help the church continue to grow and serve others.