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Divine Weekly Update

Friday, May 20, 2022

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”
-John 14:27

Parish News 

Welcome Deacon Kenneth!  Deacon Kenneth joined our Staff this week as he begins a three-month internship with the parish.  Kenneth will be in and out of the office as he learns everything that pastoral duties entail as part of his priestly training on parish life. Mondays will be his day off.  He celebrates daily Mass with us, visits the homebound, and is learning from parish staff what they do and how they work together to grow our parish.  Stop by and say hello, and continue to pray for him and all those preparing for the priesthood!  

A huge thank you to Shawn Karvonen and his daughter, April, as they have been working the last several months in our confessional room.  Shawn designed and constructed panels to absorb sound in order to help maintain parishioners' privacy as they participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  April altered the curtains by the window, as well, to help with sound.  We invite you to stop in to admire the beautiful artwork and also participate in this healing sacrament.  

Do you need to take communion to someone who is homebound? Pyxes (the special case used to carry the host) are available for you to use on a limited basis.  Please see an usher before Mass to obtain one and return it back to church once you have finished with it. If you’re going to be taking communion on a regular, long-term basis, we ask you to buy a pyx of your own from a religious goods store, like TH StempersThank you for bringing the life-giving body of Christ to others!

Divine Mercy’s Grief Support group will meet on Monday, May 23rd, rather than May 30th, in observance of Memorial Day, from 10-11:30 a.m. at 800 Marquette Avenue.  The meetings are open to all adults who may be struggling with the loss of a loved one, regardless of when the loss occurred.  This group has a Christian focus and is open to the public.  Resources will be made available and you can join the group at any time.  For questions or to sign up, contact the Parish Secretary at 414-762-6810 or email facilitators Patty Robinson at or Sue Repa at

May is the month dedicated to the Blessed Mother, Mary.  Please join us 25 minutes before all Masses during the month of May to pray the Rosary.  This powerful intercessory prayer draws us close to the sacred heart of Mary, who pleads to her Son for us.  Pray for peace and the conversion of the world away from sin and for the respect for all life from conception to natural death.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!

Anointing of the Sick will be offered next Saturday, May 28th, following the 4:00 p.m. Mass.  Anointing will take place on the last Saturday of each month, and we invite anyone who is suffering from illness, preparing for an upcoming surgery or medical procedure, or in need of any physical, mental, or spiritual healing.  We hope you’ll join us, and if you know of someone in need of this sacrament, please invite them to Mass with you!

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues…  -Acts 2:4.  We are looking for people who can speak a foreign language to help us read our petitions for Pentecost weekend, June 4th & 5th.  All languages are welcome- German, Spanish, Malayalam, Filipino, Polish, Swahili- the more languages, the better!  We will need a little help with translation if you are able, and the petitions for the weekend will be available for you ahead of time. 

Interested?  Contact Amanda Decker at the Parish Office to volunteer (call 414-762-6810 or email  We will need the following information from you:

1.  Name
2.  Language(s) you would like to read
3. Preferred Mass (You can read at more than one if you would like.

 Thank you for your help!

Mark your calendars now for the June 3rd ABIDE Adoration at 800 Marquette Avenue from 6-7 p.m., as we explore the admirable life of St. Anthony of Padua, the saint of wonders.  Deacon Kenneth will help us discover why Catholics honor the saints and ask for their intercession.  You won’t want to miss it!

Prayer Anchors and Warriors needed for Wednesday Adoration!   With summer right around the corner, the need for committed pray-ers increases.  What better time to begin a new spiritual practice than by attending Adoration?  “Anchors” are those who commit to come and pray at the same time each week.  The Blessed Sacrament cannot be left unattended; Adoration will close if no one is available to stay.  We need you to step up and pray! As St. Isidore said, “No time is ever lost by prayer,” and time spent in Adoration is some of the best time you’ll spend on earth.  Please contact Mary Urlakis at if you are interested in becoming a prayer anchor for Adoration.  Thank you for your commitment.

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 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.

Have you moved, dropped your landline, or changed your cell number?  Please let the parish office know!  It’s important to have the correct information on file for our parish family members.  We’re not going to bother you, but if we ever need to contact you, we’d like to be able to get in touch.  Thanks for keeping us in the loop!  

All men are invited to join our Dynamic Men’s Group, which meets Tuesday evenings at 800 Marquette Avenue, 6:30-7:30pm, next on May 24.  More meeting dates will be coming soon!  Contact Gary Branger with any questions at or call 414-530-6964.

2022 William A. Robb Scholarship applications are now available.  Divine Mercy Parish School, through a bequest from the estate of Jean H. Robb in memory of her husband William A. Robb, awards an annual scholarship.  To be considered for this award, an applicant must have completed grades 5-8 and graduated from Divine Mercy School. The applicant must be a confirmed Catholic, a graduating high school senior, and complete the application found on the Divine Mercy School website here.  Applications may be emailed or mailed to the school office. All applications are due by May 26, 2022. 

There’s still time to take part in the Christian Women’s May Baby Shower, which benefits our South Milwaukee Human Concerns and Milwaukee’s Women’s Care Center.  Bring your donations of diapers, wipes, clothing of all sizes, and other baby supplies  to the bassinet in the Gathering Space the entire month of May.  Next weekend is the last weekend of our collection and there is currently a great need for all supplies.  Your generosity makes a tremendous difference in the lives of families we serve! 

Nominations are being accepted for the 2022-2024 term of Parish Trustee-Treasurer. The Trustee-Treasurer works closely with parish administration and is responsible for the accurate and detailed accounts of receipts and disbursements for the parish, the care and custody of funds, assets, supervision of banking, credit and insurance.  The Trustee-Treasurer is an ex-officio member of the pastoral council and serves on the finance council.  Further details on the responsibilities and description of the position are available at the Parish Office and at the Information Desk at church.  Requirements for the office are:

  •  Baptized and Practicing Catholic and at least 25 years of age
  •  Active member of Divine Mercy Parish
  •  Parish employees and their immediate family members are ineligible to serve as trustees
  •  Must have the signatures of 10 registered adult members of Divine Mercy Parish

 Parish Trustee Treasurer Nomination Packets are available at the Information Desk or at the Parish Office which is located at 695 College Avenue. Completed packets must be returned to the Parish Office by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. If necessary, a parish election will be announced and held in June.

Don’t shy away from our Information Desk!  The Information Desk at church was born with the intention of bringing the Parish Office to the parishioners, many of whom are unable to come to the actual office during the work week.  If you need to ask a question, voice a concern, make a prayer or visit request, pick up papers to join the parish, get other forms, or check for lost & found items, our volunteers will do their best to assist you.  In the event they cannot answer your question or take care of another need, they will take down your concern and preferred contact information and a Staff person will get in touch with you as soon as possible.  You are important to us and we seek to do our best to serve you and your needs.   

MKE Habitat for Humanity 2022 Building Season has begun! Four homes are already started. And this year, the Sister Thea Bowman's MKE Catholic House in the Harambee Neighborhood is scheduled to begin on July 21, with a blessing led by Archbishop Listecki. More information about Sister Thea Bowman can be found at (Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration) and/or

The framing/siding schedule is available below. We are looking for a group of 5 or more volunteers to work on one or more of the following dates:

· Saturday, July 9, 2022 - wall panelizing, up to 10 people - OPEN
· Thursday, July 21st - framing, up to 8 people - OPEN - kick off day
· Saturday, August 6th - siding/framing, up to 8 people - OPEN
· Thursday, August 11th -   siding/framing, up to 8 people - OPEN


The framing and siding tasks do involve work on a ladder for volunteers. Their current policy is they are accepting volunteers 18 years old and older. Included in the safety protocols are:  wearing a mask, each person brings their own lunch, surface cleaning and social distancing.

If you are interested, please contact Steven Harpo Janiszewski at 414.736.5245 or his email: 

Thank you for your continued prayers and support of MKE Habitat for Humanity!

 -Holly Haskin, Human Concerns Chairperson

Registration for 2022-23 Faith Formation is underway!  New and returning families can sign up using the links provided.  Questions or concerns can be directed to Jerry Krajewski at 414-762-6810 ext 3205 or We look forward to learning and growing in faith with you!

Pope Francis Wants Your Opinion!  Over the coming months, Catholics from around the world will be participating in a worldwide Synod, or consultation process. Lend your voice to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's response to Pope Francis' Synod on Synodality! What would you like the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and Pope Francis to know?  Visit, or and share your thoughts. 

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

The Knights of Columbus will host a Fraternal Benefit Seminar Webinar at the Council 1709 Clubhouse, 732 Badger Ave, South Milwaukee, WI 53172 on May 24, 2022 at 6:30 PM. This presentation will take place in the large hall. The seminar will include a presentation by Ed Slott, America’s IRA Expert titled “Retirement Planning in a Changing Landscape”.  If you have any questions, please contact Bob Baumann at or by phone at 414-801-9077. If you can attend, please let me know the number of people attending. 

Single and Catholic? We know about the married and religious vocations, but what about the baptismal vocation we all have? Join us this June for a 4-week online interactive series that will help equip you to more fully discover and effectively live your baptismal vocation! Capacity is limited. Sign up today.  For more information and to register visit here

Devoted Parenting Retreat | June 4, 2022
Space is running out! Register by May 30!

Led by Mike and Alicia Hernon of The Messy Family Project and Podcast, this retreat is designed to help couples with children of all ages encounter Christ through the great gift of sacramental marriage. Learn more and sign up today! 

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, . You can read about the program in this story by the Catholic Herald.

Her life is full of mysteries, discover them!  Celebrate a Year with Mary: Miracles, Mysteries & Mary.  This year, honor and contemplate Mary as the chosen Mother of God with us. Receive unlimited access to unique downloads, stories, and reflections all about our Lady, all year long!  Sign up today at

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.

St. Matthew Parish in Oak Creek will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, May 18th from 12:00 to 7 p.m.   You can sign up online or by calling Lynn Lopez at 414-416-4870. Please consider donating, as each donation saves three lives.

The Redemptorist Retreat Team invites all to a Day of Prayer and Reflection on Tuesday, May 24th.  Jay Landry will present "The Little Way to Forgiveness—It has Nothing to do with the Offender."  In the writings of St. Therese of Lisieux describes a nun in her monastery who made life a "tug of war" for her.  To be frank, Therese could not stand her. Yet Therese went out of her way to pray for her, reach out to her, offer a smile, and see Christ in her. In the process her attitude changed and she could forgive her. Who in my life do I need/want to forgive? It has nothing to do with the offender.

Arrival/Check-in begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday  and concludes by 3:00 pm. This will be one presentation with a break provided for lunch. No meal will be provided. Bring your own bag lunch. Suggested Free Will Offering: $ 10.00.  Click here to register.  To register by phone call 262-567-6900.  To register by email

Calling all current middle school boys!  Bring yourself and a friend Monday, June 13 – Wednesday, June 15 to St Lawrence Seminary High School in Mt Calvary, WI for three days of field olympics, games, team building, and prayer.  You’re sure to have a blast living in our dorms, eating lots of food, and making new friends!  Cost is $50 and includes housing and food.  Transportation is available from select cities throughout the state.   Register at 

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 July 8-10, 2022 in Oconomowoc, please call (414) 502-7685 or email: or visit the website at

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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, 

Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee 



The Archdiocese's latest Catholic Comeback Matrix, version 9, remains 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


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.