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 a journey to grow in our understanding of historical and contemporary Judaism; to worship as Catholics during Lent with a greater sensitivity to Jewish faith, ritual, and practice; to serve with and encounter in prayer our Jewish sisters and brothers; and to enter into our holiest of days without in any way diminishing or disparaging Jews or Judaism.

On February 18, author, editor and parishioner Jon M. Sweeney will introduce this year’s Lenten theme and invite us to see the urgent call to better understand the relationship between Christianity and Judaism if we are to be faithful to the Jesus the Church proclaims and whose death and resurrection we prepare to celebrate through the season of Lent. Jon will be joined by Rabbi Michal Woll of Congregation Shir Hadash who will share her reflections on how the first century Judaism we read in the New Testament has changed and developed into the Judaism we see today in 2020.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Three Holy Women Parish-Holy Rosary Church (2011 N Oakland Ave)

On March 4, Dr. Richard Lux will explore “How Catholic Teaching on the Jews Changed at Vatican II.”
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7:00pm
Mo’s…A Place For Steaks! (720 N Plankinton Ave)

 On April 1, Bishop Richard Sklba and Jon M. Sweeney will discuss “Avoiding Stereotypes: The Pharisees and the Jews.”
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 7:00pm
Mo’s…A Place For Steaks! (720 N Plankinton Ave)

Book Study: Jesus Wasn’t Killed by the Jews: Reflections for Christians in Lent
Tuesdays, March 3, 10, & 24 at 12:30 pm
SS Peter & Paul Church Center (2490 N Cramer – Entrance on Bradford Ave)
Thursdays, March 12, 19 & 26 at 7:00 pm
SS Peter & Paul Church Center (2490 N Cramer – Entrance on Bradford Ave)


Lenten Almsgiving

Help Tikkun Ha-Ir (a Jewish social justice and service organization) grow their Veggie Chop Shop with your Lenten Almsgiving! Check back soon for more details.


Prayer, Community, Education and Service Opportunities during Lent

View all of our Lent events or click on individual event links below to learn more. Check back throughout Lent as more details are added.

View all Lent Events
First Century Judaism and Judaism Today – February 18
Ash Wednesday Masses – February 26
Ash Wednesday Visits to Homebound – February 26
How Catholic Teaching on the Jews Changed at Vatican II – March 4
Book Study – Jesus Wasn’t Killed by the Jews: Reflections for Christians in Lent
          Tuesdays at 12:30 pm or Thursdays at 7:00 pm
Jewish Community Pantry – March 12 & 26
Riverwest Food Pantry-Gaenslen Site – March 10 & 31
Taizé Prayer – March 11 & April 1
St. Joseph’s Tavolata – March 15
Communal Reconciliation – March 21
Catholic East Fish Fry – March 6, 13, 20, 27 & April 3
Prayer and Stations of the Cross during Catholic East Fish Fry
Avoiding Stereotypes: The Pharisees and the Jews – April 1
Passover Food Distribution – April 5


Other Weekly Lenten Activities

Stations of the Cross

Wednesdays (except Ash Wednesday)

  • before 12:05 pm Mass (11:45 am) at Old St. Mary (844 N Broadway)
  • after 5:30 pm Mass (6:00 pm) at St. Hedwig (1702 N Humboldt Ave)

Fridays (except Good Friday)

  • after 8:15 am Mass (8:45 am) at St. Hedwig
  • before 12:05 pm Mass (11:45 am ) at Old St. Mary

Saturdays

  • 3:30 pm at Holy Rosary

Reconciliation (Confession)

Communal Reconciliation: March 21 at 10:00 am at SS Peter & Paul (2490 N Cramer St)

Monday, Tuesday, Friday (except Good Friday): 11:30 am at Old St. Mary (844 N Broadway)

Saturday (except Holy Saturday)

  • 3:30 – 3:45 pm Our Lady of Divine Providence-St. Casimir (2600 N Bremen)
  • 3:30 – 4:15 pm at Holy Rosary (2011 N Oakland) and
  • 4:00 – 4:30 pm at SS Peter & Paul (2490 N Cramer St)

Singing of Divine Mercy Chaplet

Singing of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and sacred choral music from 3:00 – 4:00 pm on the Sundays of Lent (March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5) at Our Lady of Divine Providence-St. Casimir Church (2600 N Bremen)