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Catholics for Peace and Justice Monthly Newsletter
Catholics for Peace and Justice

DECEMBER 2014 Newsletter


Advent Greetings,

Detailed information and registration is now available for our winter forum “Open to the Word: Empowering People through Faith and Action” on February 21. The Forum features Bishop Richard Sklba as our keynote speaker. Learn more below.

During the Christmas season, remember to consider buying local, fair trade and American made.  Consider visiting our friends at Four Corners Fair Trade

We are thankful for President Obama’s actions that will serve to keep more families together. We wish you the same family love and unity. “Love is where we came from and love is where we are going.”

Blessed Advent

 
"God is preparing a new dwelling place and a new earth where justice will abide, and whose blessedness will answer and surpass all the longings for peace which spring up in the human heart." "This is where the church is heading. More than a place, it is a state of the soul where our deepest aspirations will be fulfilled with abundance." Pope Francis


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL
Open to the Word: Empowering People through Faith and Action; CPJ Winter Forum – Feb 21
    Details and Registration Now Available

Pope Francis: European Values Are Rooted in Christianity

ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Immigration
    Executive Action on Immigration: What You Need to Know
    National Migration Week Jan 4-10 Letter to Parishes – Educate Your Parish
    Send a Letter of Thanks to President Obama
    Justice for Immigrants National Call In Days to Congress – Dec 9-12
11x15 Blueprint to End Mass Incarceration – Dec 10 in Madison
Pope's Coming Encyclical On Ecology - an opportunity for study, reflection, and action
Common Ground Update 
Death of the Innocent – Gun Violence
The Pope Francis Effect: Changing Political Discourse
Countries Moving in the Right Direction of Consistent Life
Pax Christi Advent Reflections

EVENTS AND EDUCATION
43rd Annual International Gift Shop – Dec 5 & 6
Come, Lord Jesus-An Advent Retreat with Bishop Donald Hying - Dec 6
Healing Hearts Caroling in Waukesha – Dec 6
Good Shepherd Farmer's Market (Free!) and Brunch – Dec 7
SSND Human Rights Day “Write-a-thon” and Reflection— Dec 10
Peace Action Annual Dinner & Membership Meeting – Dec 11
Winter Solstice 2014 – Dec 18
Interfaith Conference “Interfaith Youth” Program – Jan - May

STUDY, REFLECT, PRAY
Book: Following Christ in a Consumer Society By John F. Kavanaugh
Reflection: Two Reflections from the Black Community on Ferguson 
Prayer: The Jesus Dream by Sister Lillia Langreck

GENERAL
Open to the Word: Empowering People through Faith and Action;
CPJ Winter Forum – Feb 21 – Details and Registration Now Available

Keynote speaker: Bishop Richard Sklba. At CPJ, we are eternally grappling with the question of how to empower people in our parishes to move from charity to empowerment and advocacy.  Open to the Word: Empowering People through Faith and Action; is a participatory forum on justice, justice education, advocacy and the building of a spiritual faith foundation that supports you and your community’s ministry. Seven Breakout Sessions will be offered: Living the Joy of the Gospel; Creating Transformative Experiences for Adults; Justice and Spirituality: Partners in Transformation; Poverty in Wisconsin; What does it look like?; The Archdiocesan Synod Priorities for Catholic Social Teaching and Diversity; Faith encounters the Ecological Crises; Voices in the Wilderness – Initiating Advocacy in Our Parishes. DATE: Saturday, February 21, Registration and tables open at 7:30 am, Program 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. LOCATION: St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 6060 W. Loomis Road, Greendale. Registration is now open. Go Here for descriptions of breakout sessions, details and registration information or click here for brochure or for flyer.  Please help spread the word.
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Pope Francis: European Values Are Rooted in Christianity
"Pope Francis reminded us that European values are rooted in Christianity -- it's our global responsibility to keep these values alive and make sure they're respected,"  it will "take Europe to a new beginning, based not only on money and the economy, but first and foremost on ideas and values." Manfred Weber, European People’s Party, following Pope Francis’s speech to the European Union.   
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ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Executive Action on Immigration: What You Need to Know
From Catholic Charities
Last Thursday, President Obama announced that he would be taking executive action on immigration to defer deportation for certain undocumented immigrants and their families keeping families together.  It is estimated that this order could provide temporary relief to 5 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.  Details regarding the application process will be made available at the beginning of 2015 and USCIS will begin accepting applications shortly after.  The most important message to share in communities across the country is to avoid "notario" fraud.  Reports have already begun surfacing that individuals have paid large sums of money to so-called “notarios”, who promise to file documents on their behalf, but are not authorized to do so.  Questions on how to apply for deferred action and who is eligible should be referred to Catholic Charities or a reputable immigration attorney.  USCCB Release on Executive Action.  

U.S. Jesuits Join Catholic Bishops in Welcoming Obama Administration’s Plan to Provide Immigration Relief  
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National Migration Week Jan 4-10 Letter to Parishes – Educate Your Parish
The following letter went out to all parishes from the Archdiocese.  Please follow up with your parish staff with a reminder and your ideas on how to observe National Migration Week.  

Dear Pastors, Parish Administrators, Parish Directors, and Deacons,
We hope this email finds you well.
As you know, one of priorities expressed in the Synodal Declaration was that we demonstrate our concern for issues impacting wide segments of our society in areas of social justice, especially on issues like poverty, immigration and gun violence.  One potential way to address this priority is to promote greater education of the faithful with regards to the need for immigration reform.

Each year in January, the Catholic Church in the United States observes National Migration Week.  The Solemnity of the Epiphany (Sunday, January 4) marks the beginning of National Migration Week and it ends on Saturday, January 10.  In addition, Sunday, January 18, 2015 is World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

The following websites provide many different resources that you may consider using at your parishes:
•  Message of Pope Francis for World Day of Migrants and Refugees (click here) 
•  USCCB National Migration Week page (click here)   (This includes a pdf prayer card that may be used as a bulletin insert) 
•  Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration (click here)     
•  Quotes from Catholic Social Teaching (click here)  

God bless you as we head into the seasons of Advent and Christmas.
Fr. William C Burkert, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Chair, Social Justice Committee/Archdiocesan Council of Priests; Fr. Javier Guativa, Associate Pastor at St. John Paul II Parish, Social Justice Representative for Hispanic Ministry; Robert Shelledy, Coordinator Social Justice Ministry, Archdiocese of Milwaukee
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Send a Letter of Thanks to President Obama
“Dear President Obama; As it so happens, the lectionary cycle for many of the mainstream Christian denominations for the weekend following your executive order regarding immigration contains the Matthew 25 passage stating: "whatsoever you did for the least among us, you did for me". (Matthew 25: 31-46)” Send a letter of thanks to President Obama via Sojourners.  
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Justice for Immigrants National Call In Days to Congress – Dec 9-12
JFI national call-in days to Congress will take place Dec. 9-12.  Check back to www.catholicsforpeaceandjustice.org for details. 
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11x15 Blueprint to End Mass Incarceration – Dec 10 in Madison
Wisconsin can cut its prison population in half. Actions taken in 2015 can make it happen. Learn how action by people of faith and good will can be the decisive factor. Wednesday, December 10, 10:00 am, State Capitol, Room 411S.  Following the presentation, anyone interested in being part of the solution is invited to nearby First United Methodist Church for lunch and to meet in groups to work on strategies to continue to demand:
• Increased resources for Treatment Alternatives and Diversions (TAD) programs that can keep thousands of people out of prison.
• The Second Chance Act, which will keep most 17 year-olds out of adult courts
• Sentencing Reform
• Parole for more than 2,500 eligible prisoners who have been denied a fair chance for release, even after they have served the time intended by judges.
• An end to the torture that is Solitary Confinement
And more…Click here for more information   .  

All are invited and encouraged to attend including legislators and legislative aides, journalists, and other advocates. Contact Debra djschneider@wi.rr.com  if you would like to join up with a group going to Madison. Can’t get involved, but would like to support this work?  Go to http://prayforjusticeinwi.org/ to make a donation for #Giving Tuesday. 
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To Prison for a Parking Ticket
We live in a world where government and corporations continue to make money off of those who are poor, hungry and desperate.  To Prison for Poverty exposes two private probation companies who exploit and make millions of dollars off of people who can’t afford small fines. From Brave New Films Watch the short documentary.  

Pope's Coming Encyclical On Ecology - an opportunity for study, reflection, and action
By Margaret Swedish
Pope Francis has been working on an encyclical letter that will address the unfolding ecological crisis, due to be released in the early months of 2015. From his many public comments on the topic, it appears that he will be drawing a morally challenging link between the urgency of reducing carbon emissions and the urgency of addressing the world's growing poverty. The moral weight of dealing with that link is on affluent countries, the world's biggest consumers. Signaling the importance he sees for the role of the faith community in addressing this crisis, the pope said recently: “The problem of climate change has become a major social and moral problem, and mentalities can only be changed on moral and religious grounds.” 

The pope intends to be a relevant voice in anticipation of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France, Nov. 30-Dec. 11, 2015. Many consider this the last chance to come up with a meaningful international agreement on reducing carbon emissions before the onset of runaway global warming, signals of which we are already experiencing. NOAA reported that the period January-October of this year was the warmest ever recorded, and November appears to be following suit (despite our deep freeze, which is caused by record warming in the Arctic).

Recently, Pope Francis has also started discussion about a possible interfaith climate summit next year to advance the collective voice of the faith community. This would be a good time to gather community groups together to study the church's teachings on ecology, which have been quite strong and consistent (but largely not disseminated) since Pope Paul VI's Statement to the UN Conference on Human Environment in 1972, "A Hospitable Earth for Future Generations."

2015 is likely to be a turning point in the ongoing struggle to address the climate crisis meaningfully. With this moral backing from the church, it will be an important time for US Catholics to be pressing Congress, the White House, and state officials for changes in policy that would bring about enforceable reductions in carbon emissions, including the end of subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, while supporting clean energy initiatives.
~ humbly submitted by Margaret Swedish
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Common Ground Update 
Fair Play Is Moving Forward. October 30th Common Ground leaders met with Ted Kellner and Tim Sheehy.  We had a positive and productive meeting that we believe will yield fruit for Fair Play. Stay tuned for more information. In addition, we have received some movement from Wes Eden's company NationStar regarding deteriorating foreclosed houses.   A search for a new suburban organizer has begun. If you know of any people that might be interested please contact Keisha Krumm at keisha.krumm@commongroundwi.org .  The Suburban Rural meeting will be held on December 10th, 6:30 - 8:00pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church West, 13001 W. North Ave, Brookfield. 
Common Ground University For info contact Mary Kleist maryakleist@sbcglobal.net
Winter Session: Thursday, 12/4  and 12/11, 6:00-8:30pm, Marquette  University, 1250 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee  See registration form for more information  
For more info on Common Ground events, campaigns and meetings visit www.commongroundwi.org  or www.facebook.com/CommonGroundwi
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Death of the Innocent – Gun Violence
Editorial to the Huffington Post by Jeri Bonavia of Milwaukee WAVE Fund 
“The headline alone was heartbreaking: Laylah Petersen, 5, Shot While Sitting On Grandpa's Lap. But it's the haunting images from Laylah's funeral that I just can't shake: her tiny, child-sized casket; the agony etched into the faces of her father and family; the visible, profound grief of her devastated community. The Milwaukee church that held Laylah's funeral mass was my church.”  Read the Article  
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The Pope Francis Effect: Changing Political Discourse
…& Challenging the Church of the Global North. By Tom Cordaro, November 1, 2014 Cordaro summarizes some of the major themes of Pope Francis as he address the Global Human Family and the Global Catholic Family.  A Pax Christi Resource. Read it here.  
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Countries Moving in the Right Direction of Consistent Life
From Consistent Life 
Countries that had used to have nuclear weapons but don’t any more:Belarus, Kazakhstan, South Africa, Ukraine.  Countries that had widespread legalized abortion but stopped:Nicaragua & Poland (and they both had maternal mortality go down!).  Countries that have abolished the death penalty since 2000, in rough order of having done so: Cote D’Ivoire, Malta, Bosnia-Herzegovina Serbia, Montenegro, Bhutan, Samoa, Senegal, Turkey, Liberia, Mexico, the Philippines, Albania, Rwanda, Uzbekistan, Chile, Argentina, Burundi, Togo, Latvia, and Bolivia
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Pax Christi Advent Reflections
 If you're still looking for an Advent reflection booklet to use for prayer, study and action throughout the season, you can purchase and download Pax Christi USA's e-booklet, Waking Up to God in Our Midst: Reflections for Advent 2014 right now! This year's e-booklet features reflections for every day of Advent and holy days in the Christmas season written by Sr. Simone Campbell, Dr. Shannen Dee Williams, Adrienne Alexander and Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace Rev. Joseph Nangle, ofm. Click here to purchase and download your e-booklet.   The cost is $2.50. ALSO VISIT the Pax Christi Advent Page with ongoing reflections and Pray-Study-Act pieces for Advent.  
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EVENTS AND EDUCATION
43rd Annual International Gift Shop – Dec 5 & 6
Friday, December 5, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Saturday, December 6, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Hand-crafted gifts from Wisconsin and around the world! Vendors offer a diverse variety of gift and practical items, including pottery, bowls, and baskets, Vintage collectables Urban wildlife cards and calendars Artisan-crafted jewelry  Homemade jams and preserves Ceramic dishware and tiles  Rugs and scarves and more.  Plus lunch Friday and Saturday in the Friends Café.  Information and directions to the Friends Meeting House here. 
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Come, Lord Jesus-An Advent Retreat with Bishop Donald Hying - Dec 6
December 06, 2014, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, St. Joseph Congregation located at 12130 W. Center St., Wauwatosa invites you to spend time reflecting on the Advent Gospels with Bishop Hying on Saturday, December 6th, 2014, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Reconciliation will be offerred at 4:00 pm. Sunday Mass of Anticipation will take place at 5:00 pm. Please register by calling 414-771-4626 or emailing Kathi at stjoechild@gmail.com 
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Healing Hearts Caroling in Waukesha – Dec 6
Healing Hearts of Waukesha County (a grief support program for children) for Christmas Caroling in downtown Waukesha will be joining with the Waukesha Art Crawl as part of an attempt to gather a Guinness world's record number of carolers. Money collected during the event will benefit Healing Hearts. Free and open to the public. Information on joining this caroling event here.  
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Good Shepherd Farmer's Market (Free!) and Brunch – Dec 7
Sunday, Dec. 7th, 9-12:30 pm in Daniels Hall, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, N88 W17658 Christman Rd., Menomonee Falls,. Please join us for Brunch! $5, $20 for a group of 4 or more. Kids 4 and under free! Tickets sold after Masses or reserve your spot by contacting the parish office. (262)255-2035  Flyer for event  
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SSND Human Rights Day “Write-a-thon” and Reflection— Dec 10
Notre Dame of Elm Grove (NDEG), 13105 Watertown Plank Road, Elm Grove, Wednesday, December 10 from Noon – 5 pm in the All Purpose Room (Reflection 4 pm – 4:30 pm) On December 10, the world celebrates the 66th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, the declaration sets out a broad range of fundamental human rights and freedoms to which all women and men, everywhere in the world are entitled.  In commemoration of International Human Rights Day, the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) are again sponsoring a human rights day “write-a-thon” at Notre Dame of Elm Grove.  Anytime between noon and 5 pm, folks are welcome to join sisters at NDEG for some Fair Trade coffee and cookies and to sign/write letters on behalf of individuals and groups imprisoned or at-risk of human rights abuses.  From 4 – 4:30 pm, we will take a break from the write-a-thon for a quiet, inspiring, Advent-themed reflection featuring prayer and poetry, symbols and song.  All are welcome!  Please consider sharing the attached flyer. 
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Peace Action Annual Dinner & Membership Meeting – Dec 11
Thursday, December 11 at 6 pm, Our Savior's Lutheran Church (3022 W. Wisconsin Ave.) Longtime members, new members, old members, interested non-members... All are welcome attend Peace Action Wisconsin's annual event featuring food, friends and the future of peace in our community! Partake in a delicious meal in the company of your fellow Peace Action WI members, staff and Steering Committee. $10 minimum suggested donation - To RSVP and/or volunteer to help us make this year’s event a success, Click here for more information about the event! 
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Winter Solstice 2014 – Dec 18
Due to Earth’s position in relationship to the sun, our planet is experiencing growing darkness; we call them “shorter days”. How aptly this gloom reflects some of the situations in our world and even in our own lives. Yet, nature shows us that in the midst of deepest darkness, light is born. It is time for the birth of the sun/Son. This Winter Solstice event will be commemorated in song, film, prayer, reflection and sharing with each other. This annual event, sponsored by The EDGE SSND is in its third year and is a popular event. It is best to register your place early on.
Date: December 18, 2014, Time: 7:00-8:30 pm, Place: Notre Dame of Elm Grove; 13105 Watertown Plank Road; Elm Grove; All Purpose Room. To register: Email: theedge@ssndcp.org or call 262-787-1011  FLYER
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Interfaith Conference “Interfaith Youth” Program – Jan - May
The Interfaith Conference is offering an interfaith program for high school youth beginning in January with the goal of sharing faith, philosophies, experiences, and dialogue.  Learn more at http://www.interfaithconference.org/  or check out this flyer  
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Book: Following Christ in a Consumer Society By John F. Kavanaugh
Review from Orbis Books    
In an era of fraud, corruption, and the relentless celebration of image over substance, the message of this perennial best-seller is more timely than ever. Following Christ in a Consumer Society offers a penetrating critique of the culture of consumerism, contrasted with the personalism of the Gospel. Addressing a soul-destroying culture in which ""having more"" has become the only measure of value, Kavanaugh reminds us of the values that truly make us human. Through the counter-cultural message of the Gospel, his book presents a diagnosis of our social ills while at the same time providing a guide back to wholeness, sanity, and spiritual health.
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Reflection: Two Reflections from the Black Community on Ferguson

Benjamin Watson [Athlete New Orleans Saints]
Posted on Facebook November 26
At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke about the Ferguson Decision. After trying to figure out how I felt, I decided to write it down. Here are my thoughts:
 
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Prayer: The Jesus-Dream by Sister Lillia Langreck
The images of our Advent and Christmas season so rich with images of God’s compassionate love, call us to keep alive Jesus’ dream of transformation for us and for our world

“In chaos and quiet the Jesus- Dream grows
The dream of Isaiah - to make the world whole.”*

I believe we are called to dream the Jesus-dream.                  
I believe the Jesus-dream will heal the hurting people 
              and heal the hurting earth. 
I believe the Jesus-dream will spark the Spirit power
Will help all to learn how to live and love and be.
I believe the Jesus-dream will break the fetters 
    of the oppressed  and help them be free.
I believe the Jesus-dream will draw us together
So that one day all will be Jesus-dreamers.
All will know one dream, the Jesus-dream.
We will know one power, the Spirit power.
We will know that God is Love, and we are Love.
I believe the number of Jesus-persons will grow 
               and the Jesus-dream will grow.
And the dream will transform 
               each of us
               our nation
               our world!
Harmony will be restored and all will know
That we are One!
    
             * First lines an adaptation of S. Jane Mary’s mantra song

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