Divine Mercy Weekly Update
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Divine Weekly Update
Friday, September 17, 2021
“If anyone wishes to be first,
he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
- Mark 9:35
** Special note** Those visiting the 695 College Avenue campus on Friday, September 17th, may not be able to exit out to College Avenue for a period of time while our speed bumps are reinstalled. Please follow all exit deviations and slow down while driving through the lot. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping everyone safe!
This is it! Our MEGA Raffle is finally upon us! You can still get tickets up until the drawing. If you have tickets - DO NOT put them in the collection basket this weekend. Give them to one of our volunteers in the Gathering Area (who will ensure they get in the tumbler before the drawing) or take them directly to the draw party. Then, join us at our fabulous “Draw Party” Event THIS Saturday, September 18th at our 695 College Avenue location from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. There will be food trucks, raffle baskets (drawing at 7:30 p.m.), and fun for all, as we draw our 250 MEGA winners, beginning at 6:00 p.m.! It’s going to be a MEGA good time - so, bring a blanket or lawn chair and come for fun and fellowship! Good luck to all who entered, and thank you for supporting our ministries!
We could use a few volunteers to help with set-up before the event, beginning at 1:00 p.m., during the event, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. to bartend, and afterward, to help take down a tent or two. If you can assist, please contact Steve “Harpo” Janiszewski at 414-736-5245 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Your help is appreciated!
This Sunday is Catechetical Sunday. We pray in a special way for all our catechists, teachers, and all those who help pass on the faith to our children. With them, we encounter, form, and proclaim Christ to others. May all of us join them in this special call, and may God bless them and grant us all the knowledge and Spirit to lead others to Christ. Thank you for sharing and witnessing to the faith!
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? 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.
We’re still missing a significant portion of our parish community in our Parish Census. If you have not yet completed the census, please do so today. Taking part online takes less than 5 minutes, helps reduce the cost of a mailing, and helps the parish have accurate and up-to-date information, so we can better plan for the future. And unlike Joseph and Mary, you don’t have to travel to take part - just click here to be counted today! Be counted - because you do.
Divine Mercy’s Dynamic Men’s Group invites all men, young and old, to join them as they continue the study of salvation history with The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation. Men’s Group meets Tuesday evenings (skipping the 1st Tuesday of each month) from 6:30 -8:00 p.m. at 800 Marquette Avenue in the Gathering Space. It’s not too late to join us! Contact Gary Branger at 414-530-6964 or email@example.com for more information.
Divine Mercy Christian Women are meeting this Sunday, September 19, following 9:30 a.m. Mass in the Gathering Space. Our featured speaker is from the Women’s Care Center in Milwaukee. Refreshments will be served. We welcome all women of the parish to join us in fellowship. If you have any questions about our ministry, please feel free to call JoEllen at 414-617-2397. We look forward to seeing you!
40 Days for Life needs you and your prayers to end abortion. Join the peaceful vigil from September 22 - October 31 at Affiliated Medical Service on 1428 N. Farwell Avenue in Milwaukee. Help save lives by praying for an end to abortion in our community. You will be partnering with pro-lifers across the globe to end abortion world-wide through prayer & fasting, peaceful vigil, and community outreach. Your peaceful presence makes a difference. With prayer, fasting, and your witness - minds are changed and lives are saved. Find out more at 40daysforlife.com.
Women’s Bible Study returns with a bi-weekly study beginning Tuesday, September 28th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at 800 Marquette Avenue. We will be studying the book, “Becoming a Woman of Extraordinary Faith.” Let’s discover what faith adventure God has for you today! Call Laurie Bania at 414-350-8469 for more information or to RSVP. Leave a message and she will return your call.
Join with members of our parish family in the Annual Milwaukee Area Life Chain, Sunday, October 3rd, 2021 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. on the West side of Hwy 100 between Green Street and Parnell. Please pray for the babies and their mothers and fathers. Please pray for the Life Chain participants and the many others who labor in God’s service. And finally, please pray for God’s mercy on our land, that we repent and turn to righteousness, and for God’s healing. Contact Jean Becher to RSVP or with any questions at 414-423-8879. Join us as we stand for life!
Our Rummage Sale is back, and we need your donations! Save October 9th from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for some fabulous shopping at 695 College Avenue in the school cafeteria. Donations can be dropped off to the cafeteria on Wednesday, 10/6 from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, 10/7 from 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Friday, 10/8 from 8:30 a.m. - Noon. Please DO NOT drop off items at the parish or school offices. In need of a donation pick-up on Thursday or Friday? Have a truck or van that you can help us with for clean-up after the sale? Contact Nancy Wucherer at 414-571-1191 and leave a message. Your donations are greatly appreciated!
Mark your calendars for a faith-building community event! Join us for a Eucharistic Rosary Procession on October 10th at 4:00 p.m.. Pray with us as we encounter, are formed in, and proclaim our Eucharistic Lord. Watch for details next week!
Ladies- plan to join us for the 6th Annual Divine Mercy Women’s Retreat on Saturday, October 16th. The day begins with Mass at 8:00 a.m., followed by our program and lunch from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at 800 Marquette Avenue. Cost is $10 for meals and materials. Contact Cheryl Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-764-2799 for more information or to register. Jesus, our anchor of hope & truth, we trust in you!
Also in the works at Divine Mercy is a 24-Hour Adoration for the Advent Season on December 17th & 18th. Our world needs Jesus and prayer more than ever! Mark your calendars now and prepare to spend some time with our Eucharistic Lord in Adoration. Bring your joys, sorrows, and struggles, and join with others in the serenity and grace of our Lord, present to us in the Eucharist. We build our community and souls through prayer. What better time to come before the Lord than in Adoration? Plan to join us. More details and a sign-up will follow in the future.
Youth Group is back on Monday nights from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the gym at 695 College Avenue. We’re open to all 6th - 12th graders. Just bring a Bible and something to write with. We’ll provide a journal and some snacks ;) We’re going to focus on our weekend Mass readings and all that they hold for us. How do you start? Register on the Youth Ministry page of our Divine Mercy website, where you can find the schedule for the year and more about what we’ll be up to. Contact Jessica Lemoine with any questions. AND bring your friends!
We are blessed to announce that our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults/Children) program has a record number of inquiries this year! People are seeking Jesus, and we are here to help answer that call and walk this journey of faith with them. Please keep all these people in your prayers, and if you or someone you know might want to join us and make that number a little higher, please contact Jerry Krajewski, Director of Adult Ministries, at 414-762-6810 ext. 3205 or email@example.com. We’d love to grow in faith with you!
Our Christian Formation Wish List is dwindling, but it’s still there! We are humbly asking for donations toward a few more registration fees. Jessica and Jerry would like to thank the several generous individuals who have contributed so far. If you feel called to make a donation, please contact our formation department at 414-762-6810 for details. Thank you!
While not on our Wish List, we still are hoping for a few more catechists to join us. We have enough to make our program functional, but need help for co-catechists and substitutes, especially in the 7/8th grade, Confirmation, and K/1st grades. Don’t ignore your calling any longer! We all have faith to share with our young people. Help us build the Church of tomorrow, today. What better day to consider it than this Catechetical Sunday?! Contact Jessica Lemoine at 414-762-6810 or firstname.lastname@example.org to help.
Our main fundraiser and Archdiocesan-wide supported SOLES for Education event is coming up! SOLES for Education is an annual fundraising walk geared towards building community within our Catholic schools, celebrating Catholic education, and helping Catholic schools raise money to support educational costs. All proceeds are kept within the school; that means 100% of the money raised comes to our school! Our goal this year is to raise $8,000! We know we can do it. Money raised will be used to help improve security in and around the school and College Ave campus (e.g. cameras, door fobs, etc).
On Friday, October 15, students at Divine Mercy will participate in our own version of the walk in the school parking lot. Students will walk 25 laps with a few extra fun laps in the mix. Save the date for our “Rollin’ for SOLES” bowling event on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Families (up to 6 people) can bowl for $50! Individuals may bowl for $10. Both prices include shoe rental and a lane for three hours. Proceeds from this event and raffles will also be donated to SOLES.
For each level achieved towards our fundraising goal, students will earn an incentive. Donations raised by our team will remain at Divine Mercy. Help us reach our fundraising goal of $8000. The impact of your donation will do even more to help our school, as generous Soles Walk sponsors have stepped up to match a portion of donations we receive.
Support us by texting SOLES1184 to 71777 or by visiting www.catholicschoolswalk.org.
SCRIP fundraiser gift cards are available for purchase year-round using our updated order form. What is SCRIP and how does it work? Our Home & School Association sells gift cards for various retailers in our area and online. You purchase a card at its face value to do your regular shopping with, and your designated school family receives a percentage of each card sold to help offset tuition and other school costs, as well as help Home & School provide resources to the school. Truly a win-win situation! For more information about SCRIP or to place an order, contact Kristin Menzia at email@example.com or 414-331-3727. Thank you for your support of this ongoing fundraiser!
Fabulous Extras (because there’s a lot we can’t always include in our bulletin)
The Catholic Stewardship Appeal needs your help today! We still find ourselves in a challenging time. Things are improving, but we continue to face challenges as we navigate the pandemic. Amid the challenges, there is progress:
- We expect to have 46 seminarians studying for the priesthood this fall.
- Our Catholic schools are open and teaching students in person, as are parish religious education classes.
- Employment numbers are rising, but there are still people who will need our help and support, emotionally and otherwise.
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.
Will you lend a hand by supporting the Catholic Stewardship Appeal at this time? Every gift makes a difference, no matter the amount. Thank you for your prayerful consideration.
Memorial Service for Aborted Children at Holy Cross Cemetery, Milwaukee, on Saturday, September 18. Pro-life Americans throughout the country will gather at the grave sites of aborted babies and other memorial sites dedicated in their honor for the ninth annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. Solemn vigils will be held at these sites to commemorate the more than 60 million children who have lost their lives to legal abortion since 1973, and to remind our society of the humanity of the preborn child. Please join us for the memorial service in our community:
Together let us remember the victims of abortion and pray for a final end to this injustice in our land during the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.
Silent Retreat At Schoenstatt Center. A silent retreat for women will be held Wednesday, September 22 at the Schoenstatt Center, W284 N698 Cherry Lane, Waukesha. The retreat is from 9 a.m to 8 p.m. The cost is $40 and includes two meals. The theme for this retreat is “Inner and Outer You”. The retreat includes presentations on the topic, a prayer walk, the Rosary, and holy Mass. Take advantage of this opportunity to renew your spiritual life as the season of fall arrives. Call 262-522-4322 to register or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join pro-life Wisconsinites for the first-ever March for Life Wisconsin on Saturday, October 2, 2021! We will gather at noon at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison to hear from pro-life leaders. The March will follow and will conclude in prayer at 3:00 p.m. outside of Planned Parenthood. Buses from various Wisconsin cities are available for easy travel to and from Madison. For more information, visit: ProLifeWI.org/marchforlife
Archbishop Listecki and the St. Thomas More Lawyers Society of Wisconsin invite all judges, lawyers, law students, and other interested persons to a Red Mass, Wednesday, October 6th, 5:15 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. A reception and dinner will follow at the Wisconsin Club. Individual and student tickets for the Mass and dinner can be purchased online at 2021 Red Mass tickets. The Red Mass is a Mass celebrated annually for all members of the legal profession, regardless of religious affiliation: judges, lawyers, law school professors, law students, and government officials, marking the opening of the judicial year. Through prayerful petition and thanksgiving the Red Mass requests guidance from the Holy Spirit for all who seek justice, and offers the legal community an opportunity to reflect on what Catholics believe is the God-given power and responsibility of all in the legal profession.
Jubilee Mass. All couples celebrating their 25th (silver) anniversary and 50th (golden) anniversary and also couples married over 50 years are invited to join for our annual Jubilee Mass! Saturday, October 9, 2021 | 10:00am at St. Mary's Parish, 9520 W. Forest Home Ave, Hales Corners, WI. After Mass there will be a photo opportunity with Bishop Schuerman. This event is free to all jubilee couples and their families (up to 6 guests). Lunch will not be provided. Please register here. Questions? Call Emily Burds at 414-758-2213.
The Milwaukee Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women is Celebrating 101 years of Women serving the Church and Society on Saturday, October 9th from 8:30am - 3:30pm at St. Mary Visitation in Elm Grove. Reservations are required by September 30th. See their flyer for more information.
Archbishop Listecki and The Milwaukee Guild of the Catholic Medical Association invite all to a White Mass celebration on Monday, October 18, 2021 (Feast of St. Luke) at 6:00 p.m. | St. Mary Visitation Parish Church, Elm Grove, WI. Followed by a light supper and talk by Quentin L. Van Meter, M.D. on Transgender Care: A Reality Check. Dr. Van Meter is in private practice specializing in pediatric endocrinology and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse College of Medicine.
The White Mass is the traditional name given for the Mass for medical professionals, drawn from the white coats that physicians still wear and the white uniforms worn by nurses in times past. St. Luke was an educated Greek physician, author of the Gospel of St. Luke and a companion of the Apostle Paul who remained with him when he was imprisoned in Rome. He is a worthy patron of the medical profession.
The Event is free of charge, but you are asked to RSVP here.
Join Most Reverend James Schuerman, Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee, on a pilgrimage day trip to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, WI. After fueling up with fresh coffee and tasty muffins, our luxury bus will leave the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist at 8:30 AM and journey to the site where the Blessed Virgin appeared to Adele Brise in 1859. Marvel at the only Marian apparition in the United States approved by the Catholic Church. Once at the Shrine, opportunities abound for prayer, recitation of the Rosary, confession and guided tours. A private Mass for our group, led by Bishop Schuerman, will be held in the chapel located above the oratory. A box lunch is included. Don’t miss this chance to recharge your spiritual batteries!
For reservations and information, please contact Amy Nikolai at 414.276.9814, ext. 306 or email@example.com
Devoted Marriage Retreat. Every Catholic marriage needs moments of enrichment, renewal, and a deeper understanding of having Christ at the center of your marriage. This retreat is designed to help engaged and married couples (of all ages) encounter Christ in a deeper way through the great gift of their sacramental marriage. Register here.
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.