Upcoming Events

UPLIFT Families Sunday Program
Sep 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

“Uniting People Living in Faith and Truth” (UPLIFT) Families is the religious education program serving the parents and children (K5-8th grade) of the Family of Four Parishes. UPLIFT Families is a program for children and adults, designed to develop strong Catholic families in which children learn the joys of following Jesus Christ and the truths of our Faith through the witness of Christian life in their families.

Families will attend classes twice a month on either Wednesday evenings (6:30-7:30 pm) or Sunday mornings (10:30-11:30 am). To kick off the year, we’ll be having a parent meeting on September 15 or September 19.

Because the safety of our families is our first priority, we will be meeting online for the first half of the year until December and will reassess the possibility of meeting in person in January. The online meetings will consist of a presentation of the lesson, small group discussion and activities, along with family fun and games.

To register for UPLIFT Families go to https://forms.office.com/r/0A64tuN2zd and complete one registration form for your family.

For more information on UPLIFT Families, please email familyformation@ffpmke.org or call Anh Clausen, Director of Family Ministry and Religious Formation, at 414-962-2443 x19.

Nova Middle School Group
Sep 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Our Nova Nights are a lot of fun! From active games to spiritual talks to great snacks, the two hour evening always goes by in a flash! We can’t wait to keep this momentum going all year! All students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade (from any school or religious background) are welcome to join in the fun. We’ve been averaging around 30 kids at each event, from a variety of schools and neighborhoods, and we are always eager to include new people! Registration can be found at https://tinyurl.com/novarocks2021.

For any questions, feel free to reach out to Nino Rebholz, Associate Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, at nrebholz@ffpmke.org or 414-271-6577.

Reflecting on the Sunday Readings @ Old St. Mary Parish Center
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God remains forever.” Isaiah 40:8

On the first and third Mondays of each month, we invite individuals to share and reflect on the upcoming Sunday readings. In a small group setting, we break open God’s Word, allowing it to speak to our lives and to challenge us to grow in our understanding of who God is, who we are, and who God is calling us to be.

For further information contact Chad Griesel, Pastoral Associate, at cgriesel@ffpmke.org or 414-271-6577.

RCIA – Becoming Catholic @ Old St. Mary Parish Center
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dorothy Day writes, “The final word is love…To love we must know each other … and we know each other in the breaking of bread, and we are not alone any more…We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.”

Despite the many challenges we face today, we believe in the power of love found in Communion and in community. Our parishes invite anyone who is interested in exploring the Catholic faith to consider the RCIA process. RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a place where adults of any or no faith tradition can explore questions of faith and prepare to join the Catholic Church.

If you or someone you know might be interested, contact our Pastoral Associate, Chad Griesel, at 414-271-6577 or cgriesel@ffpmke.org.

Sacred Land: Food and Farming
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.” Pope Francis, Laudato si’

How do we care for our common home?

Beginning September 1 the Family of Four Parishes, in partnership with the Riverwest Food Pantry, will be offering a small group opportunity called “Sacred Land: Food & Farming”. Join us for eight Wednesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 pm online via Microsoft Teams as we explore our connection with the land and those who live on it. Participants will learn how food and farming practices affect the climate crisis, marginalized communities, and their own health and spiritual wellbeing. We will also discuss practical ways to support, advocate for and implement sustainable food and farming practices in the communities and institutions of which we are a part — whether it’s in our workplace, congregation, apartment complex or neighborhood. We will each work toward a plan of action based on what we learn.

To sign up for this opportunity, please email Laura at lhancock@ffpmke.org.

Beacon Moms Book Club
Sep 22 @ 7:30 pm

Beacon Moms Book Club will begin to meet Wednesday nights, in person and outdoors this summer! All moms are welcome to enjoy the following summer evenings (and each others’ company!) as we meet and share about these books:

The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom on July 21
The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa on Aug. 18
Swing Time by Zadie Smith on Sept. 22

Please contact Emily Blaser for more details at emily.blaser22@gmail.com.

Hospitality Center (Weather Permitting) @ Outdoors at Three Holy Women-St. Hedwig Church
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

The Hospitality Center is a community space open outdoors, weather permitting, on Friday mornings at St. Hedwig Church. Guests meet, share a meal, offer support. The parish nurse is present for consultation.

Contact Laura Hancock, Director of Social Justice and Outreach, at 414-271-6577 or lhancock@ffpmke.org.

Sacred Land: Immersion Experience @ Offsite Location
Sep 25 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Contact Laura Hancock, Director of Social Justice and Outreach, at lhancock@ffpmke.org.

Baptism Preparation Class
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Parents and expecting parents: Congratulations! We would like to help you celebrate the new life in your family as we welcome your child into our family of faith through the Sacrament of Baptism. First time parents need to attend a Baptism Preparation Session. Sessions will be held virtually once a month on a Monday evening from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

Please go to https://forms.office.com/r/iH9hwZFCYw to register for this or another upcoming session. If you have any questions please contact Rachel McGrew at rmcgrew@ffpmke.org.

Implicit Bias Seminar with Judge Derek Mosley @ Three Holy Women-St. Rita Hall
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We all hold biases. Please join us in learning about our unconscious, implicit biases, and how they manifest in our lives and in society. This presentation from fellow Catholic and esteemed Judge Derek Mosley of the Milwaukee Municipal Court promises to be thought-provoking and informative!

Please sign up to attend at https://bit.ly/MosleyInSeptember, and email lhancock@ffpmke.org with questions.