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Divine Weekly Update

Friday, December 29, 2023

“...for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in sight of all the peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel.”
                                                -Luke 2: 30-32
Fr. Joe and the Divine Mercy Staff and leadership wish you all 
a Happy, Healthy, and Holy New Year!

This weekend, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.  Be sure to bring your family to church so you can grow in holiness, too!

Anointing of the Sick will take place following the 4pm Mass on Saturday, December 30th.  All in need of healing are welcome.  If you know someone who could benefit, please invite them to Mass this Saturday.

Join us in celebration of the Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God on Monday, January 1, 2024!  Although not a Holy Day of Obligation this year, we will begin the New Year by honoring our Holy Mother.  Eucharistic Adoration begins at 8:00 a.m., followed by Mass at 8:30 a.m. in church at 800 Marquette Avenue.  There is NO morning Mass in our Chapel this day.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, January 1st. 

It’s not too late to sign up for Emmaus 90 TODAY!  A 90 day journey from New Years to Easter - 90 days to encounter Jesus Christ, grow more firm in your faith, and emerge more confident in sharing the Gospel than ever before.  For more information and to register, visit  

Emmaus 90 pilgrims receive daily prayer prompts, short weekly formation videos, a pilgrim guidebook, and discussion guide to help your group encourage each other on the adventure. Registration is $20 per pilgrim or $40 dollars per family. 

Invite 2-3 friends or family (your pilgrim group!) to join you on this 90-Day adventure of encountering Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, growing in your faith, and emerging confident in sharing the Gospel. You can choose the times to meet that work best for your pilgrim group. You can meet in person, on the phone, or via Zoom, It’s up to your pilgrim group.

If you need help finding a pilgrim group to journey with during Emmaus 90, the parish will be offering small groups at a variety of meeting times.  

  • Thursdays, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m., (1st meeting in the Parish Office Conference Room) with Amanda Decker. 

  • Mondays, 9:15 - 10:30ish, in conjunction with Monday Morning Bible Study Plus (Parish Office Conference Room), with Laurie Bania.

  • 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Ladies only; in conjunction with Lovely Ladies in Christ Bible Study (800 Marquette Ave), with Laurie Bania.

Please contact the Parish Office at 414-762-6810 to sign up for any group and to ensure there is space for you.  

If you have any questions about Emmaus 90, please feel free to contact Dennis Irwin at or 414-628-2732.

In Honor of Larry Blood Drive, January 3, 2024, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at 800 Marquette Avenue in South Milwaukee.  In honor of parishioner Larry Johnson, who passed away November 25, come to our Divine Mercy Gathering Space and donate blood in his memory.  See the flier here and secure your donation spot by visiting the link below or call 877.232.4376  Walk-ins welcome, but appointments are highly encouraged.

Start the New Year off with Eucharistic Adoration!  The beginning of each month has lots of opportunities in addition to every Wednesday.  

  • Wednesday, January 3, 8 - 4 p.m. in the Chapel at 695 College Avenue; offered every Wednesday.

  • First Thursday, January 4, 6-8 p.m. in Church at 800 Marquette Avenue during our All Committee Night meetings.

  • First Friday ABIDE Adoration & Prayer, 6-7 p.m. in Church at 800 Marquette Avenue.  Fr. Joe will be speaking on the theme of the domestic church and family prayer. 

All the latest Christian Formation news and updates can be found here.

Have you heard the wonderful news?  Divine Mercy School has received a FIVE STAR rating!  Each year, the Wisconsin Department of Education releases a report card for every school.  We are so pleased to share that Divine Mercy Catholic School has received a five star rating, the highest possible rating!  A five star rating denotes that the school is "significantly exceeding expectations" based on scores within four priority areas.  Schools receive a school for each of the following priority areas: 

 1.  Achievement proficiency in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics on the annual state assessments.  

2.  Growth year to year in ELA and math achievement.

3.  Target Group Outcomes for growth and achievement outcomes for  students identified with lowest test scores.

4. On Track to Graduation by looking at a set of reliable predictors of how successfully students are progressing toward their completion of K-12 education. 

 The current school report card is primarily based on last year's performance of students in grades 3 through 8 during the 2022-2023 school year.  The report cards are intended to help schools use performance data to celebrate successes and improve their efforts to prepare students for their futures. As a learning community, we are continually looking to improve; our state DPI report card is one resource used to reflect on school strengths and areas in need of improvement.  

 These public report cards can be found online at:  Our school report card is also posted on our website:

 Thank you to all of the teachers, staff, students and families who have made this possible through their commitment to Divine Mercy Catholic School....we are SO proud of all of you!

The next grief support activities are:  Good Grief on Monday, January 8, 11:00 a.m. at the Bucyrus Club (1919 12th Ave in South Milwaukee) and Grief Support on Monday, January 29, 10-11:30 a.m. at 800 Marquette Ave.  One does not need to be a parishioner, nor attend every meeting to seek grief support - it is open to all adults who mourn or have experienced loss.  No RSVP required.

Time is running out to get your 2024 Raffle Calendar.  Now through December 31st - $20 gets you 366 chances to win in this daily draw raffle and you can win more than once.  Makes a fabulous gift for friends and family!  Get yours at the parish office or in the Gathering Space after Mass.  **No sales during Christmas Masses.  Final day in the Gathering Space will be Sunday, Dec. 31st and in the Office until December 29th at Noon.  No stubs can be accepted after December 31st, per State raffle rules.**

We’re excited to introduce you to Divine Mercy Roots 35, a group especially for our young adults aged 18-35.  We invite young families and singles alike to “Come to the Table” for 9:30 a.m. Mass and brunch follow on Sunday, January 14 at Divine Mercy.  Questions and RSVPs by December 7 by texting or calling Cindy Semski at 414-412-2047 or Laurie Bania at 414-350-8469.  Invite the young people in your life today - All are welcome!

The South Milwaukee Knights of Columbus Council 1709 invite all to prayer and celebration of the Eucharist  at our Corporate Communion Rosary and Mass at Divine Mercy Parish on Sunday, January 7, 2024, the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. Rosary at 9:00 a.m., Mass at 9:30 a.m.

At the Corporate Communion Mass, Knights of Columbus members gather as one with their families and friends and share the Eucharist together in both fraternity and unity with our parish community as one body. It also offers an opportunity for others to see and get to know the Knights.

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with over 1.7 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people. The South Milwaukee Council works closely with the following parishes in our area: Divine Mercy in South Milwaukee; Nativity of the Lord in Cudahy; and St. Matthews in Oak Creek, providing funds for various projects, supporting schools, with members being active participants in their parish. etc. To learn more or become a Knight, see any of our members or contact Tony Bloom at (414) 449-1586.

Hospitality and Ministry Awareness will take place January 6 & 7 after all Masses.  Join your parish family for a donut and coffee or juice after Mass and consider getting involved at Divine Mercy!

Divine Mercy Men’s Group has issued their meeting dates for first half of 2024 - typically last 3 Wednesdays of the month 6PM - 8PM. January 17,24,31; February 21, 28; March 13, 20; April 10, 17, 24; May 8, 15, 22. We will skip Ash Wednesday and Holy Week.

Men are also invited to the first Men of Christ Leadership Event - Saturday morning January 13th at St. Leonards Parish in Muskego 7:30AM - 12 Noon. -

These are a little different than the Men of Christ Conference scheduled for Saturday March 9th. They are the buildup for the "big" conference. They are also inspiring events and you are  encouraged to sign up and join in. Basic details and registration can be found in the link.  

Those with questions can reach out to Gary Branger via text at 414-530-6964.

Save the Date(s) for the following upcoming events and see the bulletin for more details in the coming weeks:

On-going Offerings 

Monday Morning Bible Study "Plus" meets every Monday right after Mass, about 9:15 a.m. in the Parish Office Conference Room for scripture plus a book discussion of Bishop Barron’s “This Is My Body - A call to Eucharistic Revival.” We would love to have you - all are welcome!  Please contact Laurie Bania if you have any questions at 414-350-8469 or the office and leave a message. 

Grief Support is held the last Monday of every month from 10 am - 11:30 a.m. at 800 Marquette Avenue. 

Divine Mercy Card Club meets every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 1:15 p.m. for some card-playing fun and camaraderie.  All are welcome to join and to come and go as your schedule permits.  We usually play sheepshead, but are open to other card games, as well.   **Please note - Card Club will meet at the Kelly Senior Center at 6100 S. Lake Drive in Cudahy until further notice.

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 on the first and third Tuesdays of every month, at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel at College Avenue.   Come pray with us!

Lovely Ladies in Christ Women's Bible Study meets twice a month, every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Marquette Avenue. 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.    Non-perishable food items like noodles, sauce, macaroni & cheese, tuna, jelly, and canned vegetables are always needed.  Also, personal hygiene products are running low and are needed.  Please place your donations in the marked bins in the Gathering Space.  Your support is deeply appreciated!!   

Divine Mercy’s Dynamic Men’s Group meets Wednesday Nights in the Gathering Space at 800 Marquette Avenue, typically on the last 3 Wednesdays of the month 6PM - 8PM. January 17,24,31; February 21, 28; March 13, 20; April 10, 17, 24; May 8, 15, 22. We will skip Ash Wednesday and Holy Week.  

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  or 414-530-6964.

St. Vincent de Paul Meal Program takes place every 2nd Thursday of the month.  Join Divine Mercy in preparing, cooking and serving a meal at the meal program site in Milwaukee.  Want to learn more or help in any part of the process?  Contact Manny Torres at 414-510-8985 or email

A reminder that Fr. Joe is available to visit with and bring the sacraments to those in need - the homebound, hospitalized, those in care facilities, hospice, etc..  However, he can’t visit if he’s not made aware.  We are not notified by hospitals or other facilities that a parishioner is a patient (HIPPA regulations prevent that).  Please call the office to arrange a visit for yourself or a loved one (and they need not be parishioners.  Fr. will visit your friends or family members, too).  414-762-6810.

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. - $15. per bag.  We also now have K-cups and some new flavors - espresso, too!  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!

Got extra plastic grocery bags? Christian Women  are collecting them for a parishioner, Rita Sweet, who crochets them into mats for the homeless.  Bring your bags to church and place them in the large, marked collection box.  They’ll be given new life and these large, lightweight, weather-proof, durable sleeping mats will help someone in need.  

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

On New Year’s Eve, Sunday, December 31, 2023, a Prayer Vigil for Justice will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Cathedral. The public is invited to visit the Cathedral from 6-8 p.m. to light a candle and say a prayer for justice in our world. The vigil also includes Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction to begin the New Year. All are invited to attend the vigil for any amount of time they wish.

33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Service Saturday, January 13, 2024, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm, (includes prelude & reception after the service) at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 3114 N 2nd St, Milwaukee.  This year’s keynote theme, "Love, Law, and Civil Disobedience" will be presented by Chief Judge Carl Ashley.  Prayer Service will be presided by Fr. Mike Erwin and Archbishop Jerome Listecki.  All are welcome, and there is no charge to attend.  See the flyer here.

Navigate Betrayal “Anchored” Retreat for Women, January 18-21 for those suffering the effects of infidelity in their marriage.  Details and registration here.

Mother-Daughter Retreats by Elizabeth Ministry are being offered in January.  Find out more here.

Valentine’s Adult Fundraiser Dance
Sponsored by The Saints Football Club
Saturday February 10, 2024
Doors open at 7PM, Music from 7:30-11:30PM
St Roman Betz Center
1710 W Bolivar Ave. Milwaukee
$20 per person includes free Beer, Wine, and Soda
Chances for Raffles will be available for purchase.
For tickets call Tom 414-321-0523
All pre-sale tickets will be entered in a special prize drawing.

There is Hope after abortion.
Are you or someone you love suffering from a previous abortion decision? Contact Project Rachel for confidential, free, and non-judgmental help, hope, and healing.

(414) 389-8822 |  |

Eras Senior Network.  To get involved with Eras or find out more, contact Vanessa Harris, Outreach Manager, Milwaukee County for Eras Senior Network.  Direct Line: (414) 488-6780.            

E-Safety.  The online world is rapidly developing and many of our children now have access to devices that enable them to connect to the internet, take images or video, and communicate with others. While it is important not to obstruct them from developing skills from using these devices, it is essential that parents support their children in navigating the online world. The following guide will help both parents and children with e-safety advice and guidance.

The Redemptorist Retreat Center offers various retreat and Reflection opportunities to help grow your relationship with God.  See their website for all the opportunities, including  Weekend Women’s and Man's Retreats.

Catholic Charities’ In Home Support program is looking for a few extra sets of hands to support older adults and adults with disabilities in the community (Oak Creek, South Milwaukee and Cudahy).  By volunteering in our In-Home support program, parishioners can give older adults and adults with disabilities some of their independence back, build wonderful relationships and help them to live safely and independently in their homes. By making local connections, they will build a strong relationship and provide that much needed support.

Contact Marie Honel, volunteer coordinator, at for more information.


Support the Catholic Stewardship Appeal today!  Every gift makes a difference, no matter the amount. Please consider donating, as the programs and ministries supported by the Appeal benefit our Parish as well.  Thank you for your prayerful consideration.  For your convenience, here are the ways you can donate to the Appeal:

-By mail:  Catholic Stewardship Appeal, 3501 S. Lake Drive, St. Francis, WI 53235

                  (please write Divine Mercy Parish in the memo space on your check)

-By texting: APPEAL2023 to 414-348-8380

-Online at:

Thank you,

Dave and Bev Reszel, Chairpersons
Catholic Stewardship Appeal

Divine Mercy Parish is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones. They have been featured by AARP, The Administration for Community Living, The National Legal Resource Center, and Forbes, as well as referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the Internet.

Independent living communities have become increasingly popular among seniors seeking a simpler, more connected life while preserving their independence. These communities offer affordability and a strong sense of community.

 To help seniors and their loved ones explore independent living, they developed resources to offer in-depth information on available options in Wisconsin. You can read more about our work here:




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One Percent Prayer

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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.