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APRIL 2019 NEWSLETTER
Greetings!

Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche communities reflected on how in our culture today we live in a very narrow world, one of black and white, rich and poor, right and wrong, ability and disability.  He suggests we need to find new ways of meeting one another to become free of these restrictive identities. 

He discovered the unique paradox of finding peace and deep relationships in living with the complicated lives of our culture’s outcasts – the deeply mentally, physically and emotionally disabled.   He suggests this paradox is rooted in the ultimate paradox of Jesus death and resurrection where life is found in death, serenity in suffering, dignity in humiliation, power in abandonment.

Vanier says, “Paradox reveals truth that can hardly be spoken; it is something invisible and yet there.”  May we ponder more deeply the paradox of the Jesus story to lead us to a deeper understanding our self and the importance of our relationships with the Other.

Bob Schuelke


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL

ACTIONS | ISSUES


Pray: No regrets


Reflect: Greatness

EVENTS AND EDUCATION

Volunteer to tutor refugees from Myanmar

Recurring Events

 
UrbanInitiativeMKE - Mar 31

VOTE - Apr 2

Fourth Annual Dreamers Gala - Apr 4

"Project Unspeakable" - Apr 5

Human Concerns Summit - Apr 6

Cuban Film Screenings - Apr 6

Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Apr 6

"Project Unspeakable" - Apr 7

Pray, Reconcile & Rejoice - Apr 10

Dehon Lecture - Apr 10

People of Faith United for Justice Advocacy Day - Apr 11

UN Schools of International Learning World Fair - Apr 11

Webinar, "Spirituality & A Culture of Peace - Apr 11

FCAST Meeting - Apr 11

Symposium on Diversity, Inclusion & Social Justice -
Apr 12

The Role of the Church in the Civil Rights Movement - Apr 12

Forum on Africa: Cameroon and Ghana - Apr 13

Social Media and Its Role in Human Trafficking - Apr 14

The Slave Across the Street - Apr 25 or 26

Live Owl Program and Owl Prowl - Apr 26

2019 SOPHIA  Prayer Breakfast and Silent Auction -
Apr 27

Catholics at the Capitol - Apr 30

175 Alive! - May 4

What has the U.N. Done for us Lately? - May 4

What Teens Need to Know about Trafficking - May 14

15th  Annual Retreat for Members of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon - May 17-19

Ignite Hope - May 18
GENERAL
 
Pope Francis Quote
“Learning to pray well is a continual process, but should always start from a place of humility, as Jesus demonstrated in the Gospels… This is in contrast to the prayer of the Pharisee, as told by Jesus in the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector in the Gospel of Luke.. The Pharisee prayed from a place of pride, thanking God that he was “not like the rest of humanity.”  Pope Francis, Dec. 5, 2018

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EVENTS AND EDUCATION

Participate in this wonderful volunteer opportunity at St. Michael's Parish, 1445 N. 24th Street.  We are looking for tutors to help the adult refugees from Myanmar, the former Burma, in learning English and in preparation for citizenship.
 
Tutoring would be on a one-on-one basis for one hour once a week.  The day and time are agreed upon by the teacher/tutor and the student.  Easy to follow materials are provided.
 
If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Deborah Lindberg:  deborah.lindberg@att.net  or call 414-906-0458.
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Recurring Events: 

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton's Indoor Labyrinth
As we enter into the Lenten season, consider 30 minutes of quiet time to pray, meditate, or simply be silent. A labyrinth is a prayer path.  There are no dead ends... ...only a continuous path to the center and then back to the beginning. A quiet walk with our God.
 
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton's Indoor Labyrinth is open five Thursday evenings during Lent:
  • April 4th - 6:30 to 8:00 PM
  • April 11th - 5:30 to 8:30 PM
It is also open during office hours during the week when the room is available. Call the Parish Office to check availability. Come walk and pray with us! St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish, 12700 W. Howard Ave., New Berlin, 262-782-6760
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Siena Retreat Center - Many opportunities for growth and healing
April and May Programs
  • April 13 - Women for Women
  • April 13 - Contemplative Days for Men
  • April 28 - Sara Thomsen in Concert
  • April 29 - Meditation and Life Integration
  • May 04 - Bird Watching & Eco-Spirituality
  • May 11 - The Ecological Merton
  • May 18 - Cameras: Contemplative Tools in a Digital Age
  • May 18 - Women for Women
  • May 20 - Meditation and Life Integration
  • May 25 - Christian Spirituality & Contemplative Yoga
Learn more

Siena Retreat Center Daily Lent and Easter Reflection Texts
Subscribe to receive a short daily reflection text or email from Siena Retreat Center each morning throughout the seasons of Lent and Easter!  Quotes will be taken from the 13th century Dominican mystic, Meister Eckhart.  Interspersed will be quotes honoring a variety of religious traditions and their observances at this time of year.  To subscribe to receive texts, text the message “@sienale19” to 81010.  If you’d prefer to receive quotes as email, sign-up at www.remind.com using the same code.  Quotes will also be posted to Siena Retreat Center’s Facebook page.  This is a free service, open to anyone, so pass the word around to friends and family.  Questions?  Contact Jim Gill, Siena Retreat Center Assoc. Director of Programming at jgill@racinedominicans.org or 262-898-2581. 
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Conversation on Race: A Talk Worth Having
Bringing people together from across the community to be agents of transformation as we work to dismantle racism. Gatherings occur on the 2nd Tuesdays of each month (dates are set through 6/11/19) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Brown Deer United Methodist Church, 5736 W Brown Deer Rd. Learn more.
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Interfaith Earth Network Faith & Ecology Conversation Series
Moral Ground: a reflective call to ethical action for environmental justice. Every 3rd Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 p.m., Urban Ecology Center Riverside Park, 1500 E Park Place, Milwaukee. 
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Nonviolent Communication Practice Groups (Flyer)
  • Milwaukee Friends Meeting House, Milwaukee, Every Wednesday, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish, New Berlin, 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, 7:00-8:30 p.m. through May 2019. Learn more.
  • United Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Waukesha, (Two separate groups to choose from!)
    • Tuesday Morning Group, 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, 10:30 a.m. - noon through May 2019. Learn more.
    • Thursday Afternoon Group, 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, 1:00-2:30 p.m. through May 2019. Learn more.


Weekly Prayer for Reconciling and Healing Racism in Our City.
Join us in person at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Fridays at 12:15 p.m. for this 30 minute communal contemplative prayer with the intention of reconciling and healing racism in our city. Feel free to pray privately wherever you are in solidarity with those gathered at the Cathedral if you are not able to join in person. 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, Urban Ministry of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. For more information, please contact: Anne Haines hainesa@archmil.org.
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Peace Action Wisconsin's Stand for Peace
Every Saturday 12:00 - 1:00 P.M.. Learn more here. Updates on Facebook.
  • April 6: St. Paul & Water
  • April 13: 51st & Silver Spring
  • April 20 Humboldt & Locust
  • April 27: King & North
 
 
UrbanInitiativeMKE: Walking the Talk in urban Ministry - Mar 31
Adult Faith Formation ~ Growing Discipleship with Ann Haines, executive director of UrbanInitiativeMKE (Urban Ministry). Milwaukee is a city of great gifts and great challenges. Come find out about some of the new initiatives that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has embarked upon in the central city of Milwaukee. Learn how we can answer the social justice call of the Gospel by working and walking together so that all can reach their God given potential and realize their inherent dignity. Sunday, March 31, 10:45-11:45 a.m. in the church hall of Good Shepherd Parish N88 W17658 Christman Rd, Menomonee Falls.
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VOTE! - Apr 2
Register to vote, find out where you vote, and who/what is on your ballot here
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Fourth Annual Dreamers Gala - Apr 4
On behalf of the Office of the Provost at Marquette University, we cordially invite you to the Fourth Annual Dreamers Gala: Dare to Dream. The Dreamers Gala is the primary source of funding for the Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J., Dreamers Scholarship for undocumented students at Marquette University. Thursday, April 4, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Learn more, register, donate here. Letter and sponsorship form.
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"Project Unspeakable" - Apr 5
A staged play reading on the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. at Friends Meeting House, 3224 N. Gordon Pl., Milwaukee.  Friday, April 5, 7:30 pm. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Milwaukee Political Theater.
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Human Concerns Summit - Apr 6
A morning of prayer, formation, and networking to unite people in Catholic Social Teaching and its commitment to serve our neighbors, especially those living in need. Saturday, April 6, 9:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Archbishop Cousins Catholic Center, 3501 S. Lake Dr., Milwaukee. Learn more
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Cuban Film Screenings - Apr 6
April 6, Saturday, 4 to 6 PM, UW-Milwaukee Union Theater, Maryland Ave & Kenwood Blvd. Cuban filmmaker Eric Corvalan Pelle  screens 2 of his films.
  • Cuban opinions on racial discrimination
  • Domestic Violence against women and children.
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Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Apr 6
Adekola Adedapo and Jahmes Finlayson take us Somewhere Over the Rainbow. This event is part of the 2019 Living Activism Series and is open to the public. Your free will donations will support the growing compassionate work of the MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary to create a daytime refuge/resource center in the 53206 zip code. Saturday, April 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m., The Coffee House, 2717 E Hampshire St. Milwaukee. Flyer.
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"Project Unspeakable" - Apr 7
A staged play reading on the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. at Wisconsin African American Women’s Center, 3020 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee. Sunday, April 7, 2:00 pm. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Milwaukee Political Theater.
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Pray, Reconcile & Rejoice - Apr 10
Pray, Reconcile & Rejoice: 12 hours of Reconciliation. Wednesday, April 10, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Several parishes are participating - find the one you want to attend on this Flyer
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Spring 2019 Dehon Lecture Series - Apr 10
Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, in collaboration with the Priests of the Sacred Heart, is proud to welcome Sr. Norma Pimentel, M.J., as the keynote of our Spring 2019 Dehon Lecture Series. Wednesday, April 10, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, 7335 S. Lovers Lane Rd., Franklin. Learn more and register here.
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People of Faith United for Justice Advocacy Day - Apr 11
People of Faith United for Justice is a day-long gathering to learn, discuss, pray and advocate together for social justice issues of importance to all the people of Wisconsin, especially our children. Thursday, April 11, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison. Learn more and register here.
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UN Schools of International Learning World Fair - Apr 11
United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee is sponsoring the United Nations Schools of International Learning World Fair. Do you support the building of a better world?  Here is where it is happening!  United Nations Schools of International Learning curriculum program of the Milwaukee Public Schools proudly present their World Fair. Engage in international diplomacy with enthusiastic, budding world citizens who are celebrating diversity of culture and social justice around the world. See what hundreds of our Milwaukee Public School 4th-8th grade students have researched, studied and are ready to share regarding the member countries, organs and goals of the United Nations. Thursday, April 11, 9:30 a.m.– 1:00 p.m., UWM – Panther Arena, 400 W. Kilbourn Ave. Please contact Annette Robertson (414) 332-3303 or Joan Robertson (414) 332-4699 to be included in the attendee list.
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Webinar, "Spirituality & A Culture of Peace - Apr 11
Pax Christi USA is offering a webinar with Peace Education Specialist, Jacqueline Haessly, PhD, Please register for 1 of the 100 spots here.
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FCAST Meeting - Apr 11
Guest Speaker: Diane Ripple of the Women's Center. Thursday, April 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., St. John's United Church of Christ, N67W28321 Sussex Rd., Merton.
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Symposium on Diversity, Inclusion & Social Justice - Apr 12
explore discrimination at the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, discuss how we are working to address these issues, and offer a vision for the future of equity and inclusion at Marquette. Friday, April 12, 8:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom, 3rd Floor. Learn more.
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The Role of the Church in the Civil Rights Movement - Apr 12
Church Mutual and Marquette University present "The Role of the Church in the Civil Rights Movement: Past, Present and Future." You are invited to this complimentary ecumenical forum dedicated to promoting understanding and peace through thoughtful discussion. Friday, April 12, 12:45 p.m., Marquette University, 1442 W Wisconsin Ave. Learn more.
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Forum on Africa: Cameroon and Ghana - Apr 13
Sponsored by the United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee. Three UNA members will speak based on a January MATC study tour to Ghana and a meeting with the UNA chapter in Ghana. Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. Redeemer Lutheran Church, 631 N. 19th St, Milwaukee.
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Social Media and its Role in Human Trafficking - Apr 14
Guest Speaker, Dawn Heath, will discuss Safety Online, Parental Controls, Apps to Watch For and The Parent's Role. Sunday, April 14, 12:30-2:00 p.m., St. Mary's Catholic Church Community Room, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha. Learn more, register and print flyer here.
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The Slave Across the Street - Apr 25 or 26
Book Discussion sponsored by Plowshare Fair Trade: "The Slave Across the Street", Thursday, April 25, 6:30-8:00 p.m. or Friday, April 26, 10-11:30 a.m., Martha Merrell's Books, 231 W Main St., Waukesha.
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Live Owl Program and Owl Prowl - Apr 26
To help people learn about and appreciate these amazing creatures, Laudato Si’ Project will be running a live owl program for our friends at Tall Pines Conservancy at their beautiful 300+ acre Camp Quad Easement property in the Town of Erin. Friday, April 26, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Camp/Quad  6886 County Road Q (Hwy Q & Hwy 83), Hartford. Learn more and register here.
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2019 SOPHIA Prayer Breakfast and Silent Auction - Apr 27
La Casa de Esperanza, 410 Arcadian Ave, Waukesha. More information will be available here.
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Catholics at the Capitol - Apr 30
Every two years, the Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC) joins several Catholic organizations in hosting Catholics at the Capitol.  Hundreds of Catholics from around the state come to Madison for this day of formation and legislative advocacy.  Catholics at the Capitol 2019 will take place at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Learn more and register at the Wisconsin Catholic Conference site.
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175 Alive! - May 4
Join us on May 4, 2019 to commemorate and celebrate the day the first Bishop of Milwaukee, Bishop John Martin Henni, arrived in Milwaukee in 1844. The celebration will start in Pere Marquette Park, then process to the Cathedral for an 11 a.m. Mass. We will continue our celebration in Cathedral Square, as we join together in a fun-filled family day of music, food and games. Learn more. Flyer.
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What has the U.N. Done for us Lately? - May 4
United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee Annual Global Citizens Awards Luncheon will host keynote speaker, Terence Blackurn and will provide a hot lunch of Middle Eastern food on Saturday, May 4, 11:30 s.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church, 631 N. 19th St., Milwaukee. Learn more and print registration form here.
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What Teens Need to Know about Trafficking - May 14
For Middle School & High School Youth and Parents. Guest Speakers: Ammy Myers, Lacy's Hop Project & the Women's Center. Tuesday, May 14, 6:00-7:30 p.m., St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Brookfield.
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15th  Annual Retreat for Members of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon - May 17-19
Enjoy this weekend with other members of Alcoholic Anonymous and Al-Anon as we discuss the 12 steps and related topics. Redemptorist Retreat Center 1800 N Timber Trail Lane, Oconomowoc. Register here.
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Ignite Hope Gala - May 18
You can be a part of restoring women's lives. Survivor Jessican Neely and Detective Remington will present. Presentations, buffet, silent auction and live auction, Saturday, May 18, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Embassy Suites Brookfield, 1200 S. Moorland Rd. Learn more and register here.
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PRAY

Lord, I am a breath from eternity. Keep my words humble, so I have nothing to regret.

 

Renew your Spirit, Lent 2019, Alice Camille

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REFLECT

“Our Christian destiny is in fact a great one: but we cannot achieve greatness unless we lose all interest in being great. For our own idea of greatness is illusory, and if we pay too much attention to it we will be lured out of the peace and stability of the being God gave us, and seek to live in a myth we have created for ourselves. It is, therefore, a very great thing to be little, which is to say: to be ourselves.  And when we are truly ourselves we lose most of the futile self-consciousness that keeps us constantly comparing ourselves with others in order to see how big we are.”

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