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In early January 2020, a woman in my parish voiced her prayer: May our vision this year be 20/20. I’ve pondered that often. Who knew at that point that COVID-19 would make this an exceptional year! Budgets, industries, priorities, projects that seemed clear in January were thrown into disarray by a microscopic virus and our human response to it. And the spate of killings of black brothers and sisters became another flash point for our shared humanity. Much of life now seems chaotic, murky. It is difficult to anticipate what the next months will bring, provoking anxiety.
A few things are clear:
  • We are all vulnerable to the virus and to the economy; we are all connected, we are responsible for each other.
  • Black lives matter to more and more people, offering opportunity for changes of hearts and minds and behaviors.
How will my heart be enlarged, transformed, by the challenges of uncertainty? For me, the best way to resist funk is to try everyday to connect my heart with the issues and with the God who sees the big picture, the God of Love. And then to reach out in some concrete way to be a conduit of Love.

Mary Krolikowski

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Pope Francis Quote

Contemplative Prayer for Reconciliation and Healing of Racism



Recurring Events

Pope Francis Quote
“The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty.”
Pope Francis

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Contemplative Prayer for Reconciliation and Healing of Racism
Sign up here - - 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,

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Joint Statement: World Says No to War on Yemen
Catholics for Peace and Justice as a collaborator with Pax Christi USA  has signed a statement opposing the continuing war in Yemen, fueled by US arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Read more.

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The Affordable Care Act
In December, the Trump Administration and 18 state attorneys general will argue before the Supreme Court to strike down the entire ACA, which has been effective in narrowing health disparities for people of color. See entire text at: 

What can we do? Contact our newly elected state and federal officials. Ask them to support the ACA. Ask state officials to bring the Medicaid expansion to Wisconsin at last.

Election Reflections & Virtual Prayer Room
LCWR's "A More Perfect Union: 2020 Election Reflections," includes weekly reflections and a suggested action that people form contemplative dialogue opportunities on the questions provided with people who may represent a diversity of thought and opinion. This week's reflection, "A Call to Contemplative Action" is available here. Relatedly, don't forget to make use of the SSND Election Season Virtual Prayer Room for Peace. Feel free to visit this space as often as you like and invite others to do the same - all are welcome!  

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Catholic Coalition for Migrants and Refugees

CCMR Update

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Recurring Events: 

Faith and Racial Equity -  Meetings will be virtual on Sundays, 3:00-5:30 PM, beginning November 8.
How does your faith inform your belief in racial equity? St. Catherine and St. Sebastian parishes are offering a program called Faith and Racial Equity to help understand and recognize racial disparities and take a deeper dive into specific issues related to power and privilege. This eight-session program awakens participants to the economic systems, public policies, cultural norms, and hidden biases that empower some and oppress others. Faith and Racial Equity is open to all interested persons, not only parishioners.  Contact Mary Krolikowski at 414-873-3576 or 

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Siena Retreat Center - Explore the programs For a complete description of these and other programs and retreats, visit 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,
  • Stand for Peace: Every Saturday, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Learn more here. Updates on Facebook
    Peace Action of Wisconsin has restarted the Stand for Peace with directives advised by the Milwaukee Health Commissioner. Stand for Peace participants will obey social distancing guidelines, and we will wear masks. Shared signs and flags will be sanitized after each Stand. 
    • October 31: 76th/Layton
    • November 7: Capitol/Oakland
    • November 14: Howell/Howard
    • November 21: Sherman/North
    • November 28: Port Washington/Silver Spring
A Jewish View of Contemporary Ideas of the Trinity - Nov 2
Can Jews learn anything from the theology of the Trinity? Find out at The Catholic Theological Union lecture via Zoom on November 2 at 7:00 p.m. CST. We will look with Jewish eyes at the 20th century Trinitarian thought of Karl Rahner and Jurgen Moltman, asking what would be a Jewish approach to their concerns. To learn more or to register for this free lecture click here.
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Addressing Demand in Human Trafficking: The Connection Between Porn and Trafficking - Nov 12
Thursday, Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m. Free event via Zoom with speaker John Pulley. Through sharing his own personal story, John will enlighten our understanding of how he sees pornography perpetuating human trafficking in our country. He will also share with us practical strategies for addressing this issue in our circles of influence. sponsored by the Faith Coalition Against Sex Trafficking.  Learn more and register at 
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What We Have Learned from the 2020 Presidential Election & How Do We Move Forward - Nov 14
This program is "free and open to the public" and is sponsored by the United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee. Featuring a presentation by John Nichols. November 14, 10-11:30 a.m. Press Release. Learn more and register here. After registering, you will receive an email with a hotlink & information about how to join the meeting. If you have trouble registering, contact Martha Collins at 414.435.6482 or For more information about the program, contact Jim Carpenter at 414.347.0353 or
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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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What the Pandemic Is Saying to the World

Humanity, you are all One.
You are one beloved community,
and you are one global sickness.
You are all contagious—and always have been,
unconsciously infecting and yet able to also bless one another.

There are no higher and lower in this world.
There is no smart or stupid; no totally right or totally wrong.
The only meaningful division is between those who serve
and those who allow themselves to be served.
All the rest is temporary posturing.

Many to whom you look for power and leadership
have shown themselves to have empty hands, minds, and hearts.
We are bereft of all satisfying explanations,
all ledgers of deserving and undeserving.
There are no perfect answers or absolute heroes.
We must all wear a mask to protect the other from “me.”

Don’t play the victim!
Victimhood is always a waste of time—God’s time and yours.
Instead, try to learn the important lessons.
We are all in the same elementary school now.
Here, we must learn to stand in two different places
and to change places often.
The served must also be the servants,
and the servants must also be the served.

Just stay in the eternal circle of the Suffering and the Servants.
Christians call it the Body of Christ.
We are not the first or the last generation
that gets to suffer and to serve on this earth.

Richard Rohr, October 20, 2020

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“Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity.”  - Kofi Annan

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