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JANUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER
I love this New Year time, days to evaluate my growth during the previous year and plot a course for the next. Today I’m inspired by the noble Syrian leper Naaman, who at first protested the prophet Elisha’s instructions as being too simple. Yet when at last he did the simple thing, his leprosy was cured and he was transformed (2 Kings 5: 9-15).

Our tradition is rich with people doing little things, taking first steps that may eventually open up to bigger possibilities, as did St. Teresa of Calcutta and St. Francis of Assisi. As I pray for my own transformation into a vessel of grace, I am looking for simple actions to express care for people who are overlooked.

The challenges of building God’s Kin-dom in our world are complex. Yet I am asked to do only my little piece. It is up to God to splice all our little efforts together to make the world whole.

Mary Krolikowski
 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL


Pope Francis Quote

Contemplative Prayer for Reconciliation and Healing of Racism


 

ACTIONS | ISSUES

Catholic Coalition for Migrants and Refugees


 

PRAY | REFLECT


Pray: One Day at a Time

Reflect: The Romero Prayer

EVENTS | EDUCATION 
 

Gift, Gratitude and Joy: Finding our Sacred Roots in God's Creation


Recurring Events
GENERAL
 
Pope Francis Quote
May mercy guide our steps, inspire our reforms and enlighten our decisions. May it be the basis of all our efforts. May it teach us when to move forward and when to step back. May it also enable us to understand the littleness of all that we do in God’s greater plan of salvation and his majestic and mysterious working.

Pope Francis, December 21, 2015

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Contemplative Prayer for Reconciliation and Healing of Racism
Sign up here - www.tinyurl.com/healracism - to receive a monthly prayer guide with the intention of reconciling and healing racism in our city. Monthly gatherings have been postponed due to Covid, but may resume in the fall.  Brought to you by:Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Three Holy Women, Our Lady of Divine Providence, Old St. Mary's, Saints Peter and Paul Human Concerns/Social Justice Commissions, Franciscan Peacemakers. For more information, please contact: Shelly Roder, shelly.roder@franciscanpeacemakers.com

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ACTIONS AND ISSUES

 
Catholic Coalition for Migrants and Refugees
As always, feel free to call me at 414-736-0969 or email me at alexandernikolai2020@u.northwestern.edu.

To be part of CCMR, sign up here. Visit the CCMR facebook page here.

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EVENTS AND EDUCATION 



Gift, Gratitude and Joy: Finding Our Sacred Roots in God’s Creation
A 6 Week Small Group Series for Parishes
Gift, Gratitude, and Joy is a 6 session program that takes participants through the main themes of Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’. The series is designed for small group discussion, either in-person or virtually, and can be adapted to larger groups with breakouts into small groups for sharing.Through videos, activities, discussions and scripture meditations, participants will find not only a prayerful moment during these challenging times, but experience concrete ways they can impact the world. If interested in previewing materials, please contact Debra Schneider at djschneider86@gmail.com . This program is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Waukesha County Creation Care Network and is free to use. 


Recurring Events: 

Siena Retreat Center Events, www.SienaRetreatCenter.org, 5637 Erie St., Racine, WI 53402
 
  • Wednesday, January 6, 2021, 6:30-8:00pm, Epiphany Through a Quantum Lens, Linda Gibler, OP. Offered virtually via Zoom Cost: $15.
  • Sunday, January 10,3:30pm - Saturday - January 16, noonJanuary Directed Retreat, Spiritual direction on computer or by phone. Cost of $195 includes $55 non-refundable deposit and spiritual guidance.
  • Monday, January 11, 2021, Offered twice, 10:00am—11:15am & 6:30pm—7:45pm,  That Divine Eccentric: Caryll Houselander. Jim Gill. Offered virtually via Zoom. Free.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 13, 10:45-11:45am, Well-Being Wednesday, Gretchen Baumgardt. Offered virtually via Zoom. Cost: $12.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1:00-3:00pm, Creative Wednesday, Missy Isely-Poltrock. Offered virtually via Zoom. Cost: $39 with supplies (we will mail to you); $18 if you provide your own supplies.
  • Thursday, January 14, 2021, 2:00 - 4:30pm, Transformative Power of Contemplation, Nancy Sylvester, IHM. Offered virtually via Zoom. Cost of $30 includes $15 non-refundable deposit. 
  • Thursday, Jan. 21, 6:30-8:00pm, Contemporary Spirituality, Various presenters, Offered virtually via Zoom. Cost: $15 per session or $95 for entire series.
  • Tuesday, January 26, 6:30-8:30pm, Building a Christ-Inspired Economy and the Profit Motive, Lincoln Rice, Casa Maria Catholic Worker. Offered virtually via Zoom. For over 200 years, the profit motive has dominated economic thought and practice. We will explore how the profit motive affects our personal, familial, social, ecological, and theological living.  We will propose responses that are in line with building a functional economy grounded in Christ’s love. The spirituality of Catholic Worker cofounders Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin will be featured. Cost: $10.
  • Wednesday, January 27, 3:00-4:00pm, Reflection with Paula D’Arcy: The Choices We Make, Offered virtually via Zoom. Cost: $24 includes $10 non-refundable deposit.
January Program Flyer.
February Retreats and Programs.

For a complete description of these and other programs and retreats, visit www.SienaRetreatCenter.org or call 262-898-2590.  Partial scholarships are available for all programs.
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Peace Action Wisconsin
  • End the Wars Coalition meetings3rd Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m. Peace Action Center, 1001 E Keefe Ave, Milwaukee 414-269-9525, info@peaceactionwi.org
  • Stand for Peace: Every Saturday, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Learn more here. Updates on Facebook
    These are the tentative corners for Peace Action's Stand for Peace. If necessary, Stands may be cancelled due to the Covid numbers.  Please keep checking our website for the current status.
    • January 9: Forest Home & 43rd
    • January 16: Sherman & North
    • January 23: Capitol & Oakland
    • January 30: Howard & Howell
 
 
The Trial of Julian Assange and its Implications for Press Freedom - Jan 17
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee Forum – The Trial of Julian Assange and its Implications for Press Freedom.
This Forum will be presented by Zoom (and most likely also live-streamed by YouTube) at 11:10 am Central Standard Time (UTC-6) on January 17, 2021.  

Fill out the form at the Forum site above and you will receive a link to the event by email. At the Forum, U.N. Special Rapporteur (SR) on Torture, Nils Melzer; and former CIA Russia analyst and presidential daily briefer, Ray McGovern - and co-founder of a veteran intelligence professionals’ organization (VIPS) - will discuss the extradition trial of Julian Assange and its implications for national security journalism. 

For more information, contact 
Ann Batiza
414-238-3903
annwisc@gmail.com
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20th Annual Justice Gathering on Zoom  - Jan 18
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration - Join the 20th Annual Justice Gathering on Zoom. Monday, January 18, 1 pm. Recognizing Dr. King's Vision of a Beloved Community. Learn more and register here.
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Call to Protest Internationally - Jan 25
We call on people around the world to protest the war on January 25, 2021, just days after the U.S. presidential inauguration and the day before Saudi Arabia’s 'Davos in the Desert’ Future Investment Initiative. We ask individuals and organizations everywhere to call for protests -- with masks and other safety precautions -- in their towns and cities on that day and make clear that the WORLD SAYS NO TO WAR ON YEMEN. Read more.
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Building Bridges...Between People - Jan 25
Why is there such misunderstanding and mistrust between people of color and white people in this country? What can I, as an individual, do to promote racial justice? What if I say or do the wrong thing? Dialogue to make a difference, sponsored by the Discipleship Institute, Monday, January 25, 2021, 6:30 PM–8:30 PM, via Zoom.

To register, by the January 20th deadline, do one of the following
Learn more here.
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PRAY


One Day at a Time

One day at a time.
That’s all I can handle.
One small step followed by another
Is all I can manage to walk.
 
Difficulties come and I am afraid
That today will be too much for me to handle.
Then I remember
That one day at a time is all that is asked of me.
 
In the moments when I feel
Hesitant to move into the future,
Help me to remember the present moment.
Help me to embrace the now.
 
Let your angels remind me that one day is like a thousand years,
And a thousand years is like one day with You.
Time is not my time, but yours.
You are pleased with my daily walk.
Help me to be pleased as well
Amen.

 
Prayers, No Experience Necessary by Jo Therese Fahres, 2015


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REFLECT
 
It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view.

The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts; it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.  No prayer fully expresses our faith.  No confession brings perfection.  No pastoral visit brings wholeness.  No program accomplishes the church’s mission.  No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about.

We plant the seeds that one day will grow.  We water the seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.  We lay foundations that will need further development.  We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.  This enables us to do something and to do it well.  It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.  We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own.


“The Romero Prayer” by Bishop Ken Untener, Nov 1979

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