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Divine Mercy Weekly Update

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Divine Weekly Update

Friday, December 2, 2022

Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
 -Matthew 3:3

Parish News

Volunteers  are needed to light our Advent wreath at each Mass during the Advent season.  Families, friends groups, and individuals are welcome!  Please see our SignUp Genius and join us as we light the way to Christmas!  

Divine Mercy School invites you to their 1st Annual Craft Fair & Cookie Walk this Saturday, December 3rd, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in our gym at 695 College Avenue in South Milwaukee.  There will be a variety of delicious, homemade treats available at $8/lb and bring your phone along to take free pictures with Santa from 1-3 p.m..  Children can even shop for their families in Santa’s Secret Shop!  See our flier here and contact Bailey at with any questions.

This weekend is the In-Pew weekend for our Love One Another campaign.  Our parish is nearing 70% of our goal and we need everyone’s help to reach 100%.  Every gift counts and makes a difference in our parish community.  Thanks to all who have pledged so far and are praying for the success of this campaign.  If you haven’t pledged yet, please consider your best gift.  Let’s love one another today.

Formation classes resume this Sunday!  For all the latest Christian Formation news and updates, see here.  All adult parishioners are invited to join us for a movie on Sunday, December 11th following 9:30 a.m. morning Mass in the lower level Gathering Space.  We’ll be watching “God's Not Dead.” Details are in the Formation newsletter through the link above.

This is the final weekend for the Christian Women’s “Keep Warm” collection to help the homeless.  New socks, underwear, sweatshirts/pants, hoodies, gloves and mittens can be placed in the bins in the Gathering Space at church through Sunday, December 4th and will help those served through South Milwaukee Human Concerns and Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church’s Divine Intervention Ministry for the homeless.  Thank you for your continued support!

The Mass Intention Book and Sanctuary Lamp openings for 2023 will be available beginning Monday, December 5th  at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Office at 695 College Avenue.  Please limit your requests to  3 weekend intentions, and 3 weekday intentions to start. The Sanctuary Lamp at Marquette Avenue is limited to 1 intention per family request.  The Sanctuary Lamp and Mother of Perpetual Help Lamp at the Four Saints Chapel at College Avenue are limited to 2 requests each.  Allowances for more weekday Masses and Chapel lamps may be made after February 1st to allow everyone a fair opportunity to request Masses.  The customary offering is $10/Mass, $10 for the 2-week Sanctuary Lamps at Marquette Avenue, and $5 for the 1 week Lamp and Mother of Perpetual Help Candle at College Avenue.

2022 Divine Mercy Award nominations are due Monday, December 5th.  Every year since becoming Divine Mercy in 2003, we have been selecting a parishioner who has given outstanding service to our community for a number of years.  If you feel one of your fellow parishioners is deserving, please send their name to the Parish Office along with your recommendation by December 5th.  Thank you!

Donate to those in need through our Giving Tree now through December 11.  Take a tag or two - we’re asking for gifts cards, books of Forever stamps, monetary donations, and other gifts, which will be given to South Milwaukee Human Concerns, Divine Mercy’s St. Vincent De Paul Society, and ERAs Senior Network.  Please place gift cards or monetary gifts in an envelope marked “Giving Tree”, along with the tag from the tree and receipt, and place them in the collection basket.  Gifts should be unwrapped with the tag from the tree attached and placed by the mosaic in the back of church.  Please DO NOT leave gifts or gift cards in the Gathering Space.  All donations are due by Sunday, December 11.  Thank you for your generosity!

Divine Mercy’s Youth Group invites all youth in grades 6-12 to join us for our fall/winter series, City Lights!  We meet Mondays from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the gym at 695 College Avenue.  Our next meeting is on 12/5.  See our flier of complete meeting dates and topics here.  Bring a friend or two along - all are welcome!  If you’re an adult who would like to help with our small group discussions or provide some dinner or snacks for our growing group of youth, please contact Amanda Decker at 414-762-6810.

Last call for homemade polish sausage for the Christmas season from the Holy Name Society.  Orders are due no later than Saturday, December 10th. Pickup will be Sunday, December 18th. Please see the order form here or in the bulletin.  

Grief Support Christmas Potluck is Monday, December 12th at Marquette Avenue’s gathering space.  Arrive 11:30 am - 12 noon, with lunch at noon.   If you’d like, bring an appetizer, hot/cold dish, or dessert to share.  RSVP to Sue Repa,  or Patty Robinson,

24-Hour Advent Adoration is taking place Friday, December 16 - Saturday, December 17, from Noon - Noon in church at 800 Marquette Avenue.  “Could you not keep watch with me for one hour?” -Matthew 26:40.   Prepare your hearts for Christmas by spending some time with our Eucharistic Lord!  There will be two opportunities for reconciliation during this time, as well: Friday from 6 - 8 p.m.  (following Fr. Alex’s reflection) and Saturday at 10 a.m.. Sign up by the Chapel, in the Gathering Space, or online here.  We also need people to greet those coming for Adoration and to keep watch in our Gathering Space.  Those spots are also available on our sign-ups.  Thank you for praying with us!

Our Environment Coordinators are planning for Christmas.  If you would like to make a donation toward decorations for the church (trees and other decorations), please send it in a marked envelope via the collection basket at Mass or to the parish office.  Memorial flowers are also available.  All the beautiful poinsettia plants around church can be donated toward in honor of your loved ones.  Please use the form from a recent bulletin or print a new form here and return it and your donations by December 16th.  Memorials will be listed in the bulletin during the Christmas season. We’re also looking for volunteers to help decorate.  There are lots of dates and opportunities for students, families, and anyone who’d like to help.  Please sign up here.

2023 Raffle Calendars are available now through December 31st!  $20 gets you 365 chances to win in this daily draw raffle and you can win more than once.  Makes a fabulous stocking stuffer for friends and family!  Get yours in the Gathering Space or at the parish office.  **If you took a calendar raffle, please return your stubs and money soon.  Please return any unsold raffle calendars to the Parish Office or Gathering Space table.  We only have a limited number available; once they’re gone - they’re gone!**

Come play Sheepshead with Divine Mercy's Card Club on Monday, December 5th at 1:15 p.m. in the parish office conference room at 695 College Avenue.  All are welcome!

Important news about Bulletin deadlines….  The holidays necessitate earlier publication dates from our printer.  Any news or information that groups would like in the bulletin or Update need to be submitted sooner than usual.  Please refer to the chart below for article submissions now through January.  Late submittals may not be accommodated. Thank you for your attentiveness.  Items for the bulletin or Weekly Update should be sent to  Questions?  Contact Jeanine Kuettel at 414-762-6810. 

Sunday Bulletin                                            Article submissions due by:
12/11 - 3rd Sunday of Advent                               deadline passed
12/18 - 4th Sunday of Advent                               Tuesday, 12/6
12/25 - Nativity of the Lord                                    Monday 12/12
1/1 - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God           Friday, 12/16
1/8  - Epiphany of the Lord                                    Tuesday, 12/27
1/15                                                                                  Monday, 1/9

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.  

St. Anthony Devotional Group meets every other Tuesday, next on December 13, at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel at College Avenue.  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.  We are studying "Keeping in Balance" with Lisa Brenninkmeyer from Walking With Purpose.  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. The food we need most includes: peanut butter, jelly/jam, macaroni and cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, heat and eat soups, canned fruits and vegetables, tuna, and personal hygiene products. Thank you for your continued support!  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. now through December, then January through May.  Next meeting: December 14.  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 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!    

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)

Join us for ARISE Worship Night,  Saturday, December 9, 2022.  See the flier for all the details. 
Devoted Marriage Retreat with Damon and Melanie Owens of Joyful Ever After
Saturday, December 10, 2022 | Holy Family Parish, Fond du Lac | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Every marriage needs moments of enrichment, renewal, and a deeper understanding of having Christ at the center. This retreat is designed to help married couples of all ages encounter Christ through the great gift of sacramental marriage. Whether you’re just married, in the thick of it with kids, empty nesters or newly retired, this retreat is designed with you in mind. Hurry!  Registration ends December 5, 2022 and spots are filling fast. Register today!

Support the 2022 Catholic Stewardship Appeal today!  Every gift makes a difference, no matter the amount. Thank you for your prayerful consideration.

 Attention Married Couples:  You won't want to miss a memorable post Valentine's Day weekend experience for married couples to explore feelings and enhance communication skills.  Use this opportunity to discover together "how your good marriage can be even better" or to discover "new pathways to get your marriage back on track".
 Join Green Bay Marriage Encounter on February 18 & 19, 2023 in Green Bay at the Quad-Parish Faith Formation Center for an enriching weekend experience you will treasure for a lifetime.  It would be a perfect Christmas gift that will be appreciated as a thoughtful and warm gift of love during the cold days of February and beyond.  Call 920-809-3496 or visit for more information or to register. 

Join Us for the 2023 Pallium Lecture

On Tuesday, February 21, Archbishop Jerome Listecki welcomes Monsignor James P. Shea, keynote speaker for the 2023 Pallium Lecture, who will present “Love for the Eucharist in an Apostolic Age.” The 7 p.m. lecture will be held at the Brookfield Conference Center and is free and open to the public.  As we embark on a national Eucharistic Revival, this lecture will help spur us into action to spread awareness of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Register today!

Anticipated & Previous Divine Updates

December 2022


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.