Contact Mary Robertson, Director of Liturgy and Music, at email@example.com.
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.
This group meets weekly September through May, with sacraments being received at the Easter Vigil. If you or someone you know might be interested, contact our Pastoral Associate, Chad Griesel, at 414-271-6577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Uniting People Living in Faith and Truth” (UPLIFT) Families is the religious education program serving the parents and children (K3-8th 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 from October – May, on either Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 pm) or Sunday mornings (10:45 am – 12:15 pm). To kick off the year, we’ll be having a parent meeting/social on Wednesday, September 14 and Sunday, September 18.
At each meeting, we provide a community meal for all families to enjoy before the children go to their age-specific classrooms and parents engage in their own faith lesson. Through research, we understand that children learn best when at play so we incorporate family games and engaging activities into each meeting to reinforce the lessons. New this fall – we are excited to offer Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) lessons for ages 3-6. CGS teaches young children the faith through a Montessori-based learning environment. This will only be offered during our Sunday morning program, not during our Wednesday evening program. Free childcare for babies and toddlers under the age of 3 will be available during our Sunday morning program.
Additional sacramental preparation meetings and a retreat are offered for children in second grade and their parents/caregivers. Second graders prepare for both First Reconciliation and First Communion in the same year.
To register for UPLIFT Families go to tinyurl.com/upliftfamilies2022 and complete one registration form for your family. Registration deadline is September 9.
For more information on UPLIFT Families, please email email@example.com or call Anh Clausen, Director of Family Ministry and Religious Formation, at 414-962-2443 x19.
The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) Discussion Group
Maybe you’ve only read parts of the Catechism, or maybe you aren’t familiar with this book at all. Regardless of your current knowledge of the Catechism or our faith, this podcast will help you learn more and grow closer to God. The Catechism discusses and explains the teachings of the Catholic Church, a Church founded by Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago. It’s rooted in Scripture and because we’ll be reading it in podcast form, it is easy and accessible. Each of the daily episodes will be about 15-20 minutes long, making it easy to listen to while driving into work, going on your daily walk, or drinking your morning coffee. The podcast is completely free and available on all major podcast apps and YouTube.
Oftentimes our New Year resolutions start off strong, but we eventually fall off the wagon. For those seeking accountability, community, and/or fruitful conversations, the Family of Four Parishes will be offering a yearlong discussion group, meeting once a week to discuss what we have read/heard in the Catechism in a Year podcast and how it applies to our everyday lives. Please feel free to attend some or all of these discussions! We will meet in person on Tuesday mornings from 8:30 – 9:30 am at Old St. Mary. We will meet virtually on Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.
If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact our Director of Human Concerns, Sarah Haus, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or register at https://forms.office.com/r/y7cXKAXgXG.
We have a team of volunteers serving at Father Gene’s every first Friday of the month from 9:30-11:30 am. No need to RSVP, please just show up at 5919 W National Avenue at 9:30 am! Email Sarah Haus, Director of Human Concerns, at email@example.com with questions.
Please join us at Kinship Community Food Center for a fruitful time of service and community, as well as conversation with our neighbors! All are welcome, regardless of parish affiliation, so please bring friends and family! To register or ask questions, please email Sarah Haus, Director of Human Concerns, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Caregivers Support Group meets once a month on a Saturday morning from 8:00 – 10:00 am. Caregivers need care too! When we allow others to support us, we will find we can do much more in supporting and encouraging those who are in our care. Please consider joining our Caregivers Support Group and let us help!
Please contact Terri Balash, Director of Pastoral Care, at email@example.com if you plan on attending or need further information.
October 1 – CANCELED
Family Justice Brigade brings together parents and children of all ages to serve others in the community. We provide family-friendly opportunities to live out the works of mercy and be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community.
Join the Family Justice Brigade and help make a difference in our community. Our February event will be on Saturday, February 4 from 9:45 am – 12:00 pm to spend the morning unpacking and sorting clothing donations at Father Gene’s Help Center.
To RSVP, contact Nino Rebholz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join a group of parishioners every First Saturday to clean the church! “Do little things exceedingly well for Love of Me” the little Mandate of Madonna House Apostolate. There are many little things that cannot be done by the maintenance crew alone! We need your help to continue to keep our parish sparkling.
11:30 am – arrive by the north entrance and pray the rosary
11:45 am – 1:30 pm – clean: dust, vacuum, clean wax off candles
1:30 – close/clean-up
Contact Samantha Vosters to join at 920-470-4167 or email@example.com.