Making, Not Baking, the World a Better Place. The Three Holy Women Parish Christian Women are unable to safely have our annual Christmas cookie sale this year. Over the many years of the sale, we have been able to provide financial support for areas of need within the parish and in our neighboring community. In keeping with the spirit of the cookie sale, Fr. Tim has challenged us to raise sorely needed funds for our Central City parishes. To help us rise to his challenge, please complete the “order” form and return with your donation in lieu of a cookie order this year. Peace and blessings to you from the Christian Women Society! Thank you!!
Our Advent Giving Tree will once again be supporting the ministries of La Causa Crisis Nursery, The Guest House of Milwaukee, and the Six Saints Conference of St. Vincent de Paul. You can read about each of these ministries and their Wish Lists on the attached flyer. After purchasing your gift, please cut off and tape a “tag” from the flyer onto your UNWRAPPED gift and return it to the collection box near the Advent Giving Tree while at Mass between November 28 – December 13. Alternately, you can drop your UNWRAPPED gift at the Three Holy Women Parish Office (1716 N Humboldt Ave) during our current business hours (M, T, Th 8-3).
There is a limited supply of Oplatki Christmas wafers in the parish office, available for an offering of $2.00 per packet of four. The parish office is open each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, and you may stop by during those hours to pick them up. Oplatki will not be available this year in the churches.
“Uniting People Living in Faith and Truth” (UPLIFT) Family Formation Program is our religious education program serving the parents and children of Old St. Mary, Our Lady of Divine Providence, SS. Peter and Paul, Three Holy Women, and the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Our program is designed to support and equip PARENTS to be the primary educators of the faith for their children and assist and UPLIFT families to live in the fullness of our Catholic faith as disciples and followers of Jesus Christ.
UPLIFT Families meetings will be entirely online using Zoom until we are able to safely meet as a group and families are comfortable meeting in person. We offer the program on two different days of the week: the Wednesday evening program (6:30-7:30 pm) and the Sunday morning program (10:30-11:30 am). You will choose either the Wednesday or Sunday Program. The content of both programs will be identical.
Each year we focus our teaching on one of the Four Pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The idea is that if a child begins our program in K5 or 1st grade and stays until 8th grade, the child will have covered the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church two times and thus deepening his/her understanding of the faith. The Four Pillars are: the Sacraments, the Creed (what we believe), Christian Prayer, and Life of Jesus (morality). Last year all families learned about the seven Sacraments and this year the focus will be on learning and practicing – prayer. We hope to deepen your families’ understanding and experience of the different prayer practices in our faith. We will continue to use the Family of Faith book series published by Sophia Institute Press and families will receive a Child’s Activity Book and Parent Book to use during the meetings.
First Reconciliation and First Communion:
Children in 2nd grade receive these additional sacramental preparation opportunities to deepen their understanding and love for the sacraments: First Reconciliation Workshop (Jan/Feb), First Communion Retreat (March), and First Communion Rehearsal & Banner Making (April). Children are expected to attend all sacramental preparation activities with at least one parent/guardian.
To register for UPLIFT Families go to tinyurl.com/2020upliftfamilies and complete one registration form for your family. The registration deadline is September 11.
Email email@example.com or call 414-962-2443 with additional questions.
This five-session program will begin on Monday, November 9, virtually via Zoom. The group will meet for five consecutive Monday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. The program will touch on many different topics such as Different Stages of Grief, Understanding Anger, Depression and Unfinished Business. You will have the opportunity to share your memories and feelings with others who are walking the same journey.
In a Bereavement Support Group, grievers can hear testimony from those who have “been there.” They will discover that others have suffered similar pains, fear, sadness and anger. It is critical for a griever to know that it is okay to feel lonely, depressed or isolated, and to know with certainty that someday they will feel better. A Bereavement Support Group can offer hope. Let us walk this journey with you—Register TODAY! Please contact Terri at 469-6173 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or want to register.
December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the patroness of the United States. Besides praying for our country, we will be praying for women and issues of conception:
women who struggle to conceive a child,
who suffering miscarriage,
and who mourn the death of an infant.
These sad experiences often go “hidden” among us, as many feel shame or guilt and choose to remain silent about their pain. The Mass on December 8 at 6:30 pm will include an anointing of women who have endured any of these hurts. Please invite your family and friends to attend as we pray especially for healing in the lives of women who bear such pain in their lives.
“Uniting People Living In Faith and Truth” (UPLIFT) Teens provides spiritual formation for all High Schoolers, including students preparing for Confirmation. Meetings will be twice a month on Zoom, once on Wednesdays and once on Sundays, until we can meet safely as a group in person. Please register at tinyurl.com/upliftteen2020.
For more information on UPLIFT Teens, email email@example.com or call Nino Rebholz, Associate Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, at 414-271-6577.
Eat, Drink and Be Catholic 2020-2021: From Social Distance to Encounter
Eat, Drink and Be Catholic offers women and men of all ages a casual opportunity to explore the Catholic faith. We hope to provide space for intellectual, relational and spiritual growth as well as some real community building. Due to the ongoing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, our gatherings will take place via Zoom until further notice. The conversations will also be recorded and posted on the Family of Four Parishes’ YouTube page.
As we continue to explore this year’s theme, “From Social Distance to Encounter,” Vincent Noth will share how the Riverwest Food Pantry invites each of us into “A Community of Generosity.” For further information or to receive the Zoom link for December 9, contact Chad Griesel, Pastoral Associate of Formation and Justice, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out recordings of previous Eat, Drink & Be Catholic @Home evenings:
St. Francis will host its first Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe celebration on Saturday, December 12, with Las Mañanitas at 7:00 am followed by Mass at 8:00 am.