Lent

Lent 2020: Journey to the Holy Land with our Jewish Brothers and Sisters

75 years after the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, our world continues to be plagued by acts of blatant antisemitism.  In a recent address, Pope Francis reminded women and men of goodwill that “indifference is not admissible and memory is a must.” As a family of four parishes in Milwaukee, our Lenten journey is…

Building Hope – Habitat for Humanity

Lenten Almsgiving Project This Lent, our family of four parishes partnered with Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity and we have raised over $60,000! We are working with a family to help build a house in memory of long-time Habitat volunteer and parishioner, Mike Moran. Mike served with Habitat for 25 years and died this past fall.…

Lenten Music Reflections Part 3

Encounter – Share the Journey “Praise and Honor to you our Lord Jesus Christ” The tune of this year’s Lenten Gospel Acclamation is a Latin Kyrie.  Many of you will recognize the tune. My hope is that this acclamation brings beautiful history of our Catholic tradition to life again – the Gregorian chant and the…

Lenten Music Reflections Part 2

Encounter – Share the Journey Part 2 “Pan de Vida” When selecting songs for the Communion procession the church tells us to look for texts that have “themes of joy, wonder, unity, gratitude and praise…. It is also appropriate to select a Communion processional song that reflects the liturgical action, i.e. eating and drink the…

Lenten Music Reflections Part 1

Encounter – Share the Journey Our Lenten ‘theme’ has been on my mind for a while now as I prayed about and prepared the music for Lent.  While planning music that would draw us into the spirit of the season of Lent with our more traditional Lenten hymns and songs, I also wanted to select…

Live as Children of Light – Lent 2017

Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule The 2017 Lenten season begins March 1 with the observance of Ash Wednesday. Masses with the distribution of ashes are celebrated at 8:30 am at Holy Rosary (with Catholic East Elementary), 12:00 pm at St. Rita, and 6:00 pm at Holy Rosary. Click to view all Ash Wednesday masses in our Family…

Arise Parish Mission and Lenten Retreat

We are excited to be trying something totally new for our four-parish family this winter! Instead of our traditional three-night Lenten Mission, we will be hosting an inspiring Arise Parish Mission right before Lent begins, to help all of us enter into our Lenten journey with prayerful hearts. This Parish Mission will be followed by…

Palm Sunday Reflection

Palm Sunday, The Passion of Jesus Christ According to Luke (Luke 22:14 – 23:56) There is a story told about two nine year old boys (Tim and John) playing outside on a Good Friday morning.  Tim’s mother came out and told him it was time to get ready to go to church. He pleaded with…

Fifth Sunday of Lent Reflection

Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” They…

Fourth Sunday of Lent Reflection

 “…So he got up and went back to his father. While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no…