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Hopefully by now you have heard about 7 Days of Service – an Archdiocese of Milwaukee invitation to develop service opportunities for parishioners during the week of Monday, Sept 23 through Saturday, Sept 28.  During these 7 days parishes are asked to reach out to others highlighting the Catholic Church’s presence in our communities.
Joining in this effort, and as Catholics for Peace and Justice we applaud this invitation AND invite you to take this invitation a step further. As stated in the US Conference of Catholic Bishops documents on Catholic social teaching, we are also called to move beyond direct service to advocate for justice and legislative action and “to be more than ever a source of clear moral vision and effective action.” (USCCB, Communities of Salt and Light).  
To that point, this month CPJ is offering some concrete ways that you and your parish, during the 7 Days of Service, can go beyond direct service to educate and advocate for justice. Consider going to 1 or more groups in your parish or posting a bulletin announcement requesting parishioners to contact state legislators on the Safe Harbor for Trafficked Youth bill or to get involved in the efforts of the Catholic Immigration Coalition, or contact Federal legislators on plans for the Federal government to reduce the 1% USAID to other countries.
Check below under the title “More Opportunities for 7 Days of Service” for details.
To quote a Pope, “It takes more strength to repair than to build, to start anew than to begin, to be reconciled than to get along. This is the strength that God gives us.”  May God give us all the strength to boldly go to that place where justice becomes peace.
Blessings on your ministry
Debra Schneider

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Pray:  An Encounter with Silence

Reflect: Refugees


Reflection books from Pax Christi


Recurring Events  
Pope Francis Quote

I pray that the image and likeness of God in each person will enable us to acknowledge one another as sacred gifts endowed with immense dignity. . . .

Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of Peace in 2017

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Reflection Books from Pax Christi USA
As peacemakers and justice-seekers we prioritize paying attention to the "signs of the times," being in touch with the suffering of the world, and doing our part to work for peace with justice. 
It can be sad. It can be frustrating. It can be overwhelming.  But God makes all things new, God gives us strength, and God gives us peace.
We must prioritize peace within us if we want to create to peace in the world.
This is why we are offering you the 2019 Advent reflection booklet AND we have brought back "Peacemaking Day by Day"!  Go to these links to learn more.
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Recurring Events: 

Evicted Exhibit - open Fridays (5-8 p.m.) and Saturdays (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) through Sep 30
Join us for Evicted, an exhibition based on Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book.The exhibit is free to the public and on display from June 21 through September 30, 753 North 27th St. Milwaukee. Learn more
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Good Shepherd Parish Events N88 W17658 Christman Rd, Menomonee Falls
  • Pray for Peace - Come join us to Pray for Peace on the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. [for less than 30 minutes] in our Mary of Magdala chapel – south entrance 
  • Sunday Morning Presentations – 10:45-11:45 am
      • September 15“Finding God in Others---Our Visit to Ellacuria”  - parish delegates to our sister parish in El Salvador
      • September 22 – a presentation by Christine Neumann-Ortiz, director of Voces de la Frontera talking about the lives and challenges of immigrants in Wisconsin.                                                             
        September 29"At the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez Border - 2019"  with Fr. Dave Shields, SJ and Sr. Jean Ellman, SSND
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Siena Retreat Center - Many opportunities for growth and healing
September and Early October Programs
  • Exploring Prayer in Recovery: Thursdays, September 5, 12, 19; and October 3; 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Grieving Through the Seasons Grief Retreat Day: Saturday, September 21
  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sacred Sites Day Pilgrimage Baha’i House of Worship: Sunday, September 22
  • De Mujer a Mujer Aprendiendo A Valorarnos Más Retiro en Español: Viernes, 20 de septiembre al domingo, 22 de septiembre
  • Naming the Unnameable An Evening with Matthew Fox: Friday, October 4, 2019 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • The Future of Religion, Spirituality, and Earth A Day with Matthew Fox: Saturday, October 5 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Nonviolent Communication Practice Groups.
Learn more
  • Milwaukee Friends Meeting House, Milwaukee, Every Wednesday, 7:00-9:00 pm.  More information here
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish, New Berlin, (1st and 3rd Monday of every month), 7:00-8:30 pm from September 16, 2019 - May 18, 2020. Note:  We will meet on Monday, March 30 instead of April 6.  No meeting on April 6.  More information here
  • United Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Waukesha, Tuesday Morning group (1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month), 10:30 am -12:30 pm from September 17, 2019 - May 19, 2020. More information here
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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
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Peace Action Wisconsin
  • End the Wars Coalition meetings: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m. Peace Action Center, 1001 E Keefe Ave, Milwaukee 414-269-9525,
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Laborfest - Sep 2
Monday | September 2 | 11 am. - 5 pm.  Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N Harbor Dr., Milwaukee. Learn more here.
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Unlock the Vote - Sep 5
WISDOM/EXPO will do a community presentation on the UnLock the Vote Campaign on Thursday | September 5 | 6-8 pm.  Location TBA. “Unlock the Vote” intends to restore voting rights to all people when they return from incarceration. Watch for more information here
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FCAST Meeting - Sep 5
Normally the Faith Coalition Against Sex Trafficking meets every other month throughout the year, but right now we are finding the need to bring everyone together again in September,  Why? To help us all sort out the various areas of our mission each of us want to work on in the coming year.  We invite you to join us Thursday, September 5 at 6:30 pm at St. John's UCC in Merton. For more information contact Debra
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Opioid Abuse: National Crisis... Local Response - Sept 8 or 14
Opioid addiction is a devastating crisis that impacts all communities, including our own. Find out what can and must be done to fight it. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Sippel Hall, 12700 W Howard Ave., New Berlin. Learn more here.
  • Sunday | September 8 between masses - 8-9:30 am
  • Saturday | September 14 after mass - 6:00 pm
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Ecumenical Prayer Service for Those Affected by Opioid Addiction - Sep 12
Led by Rev. David Gaeth, Pastor of Greendale Community Church and Susan Switalski, Pastoral Minister of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 12700 W Howard Ave., New Berlin. Thursday  September 12 | 6:30 pm
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Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook - Sep 12
Thursday | September 12 | 6:30 pm | All People's Church, 2600 N. 2nd St., Milwaukee. Film Website / Trailer
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A Conversation about Sex Trafficking - Sep 14
Saturday | September 14 | 8:00 am – 1:00 pm | D. J. Bordini Center near the campus of Fox Valley Technical Center-Appleton, 5 N Systems Drive, Appleton. Learn more and register here.
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How the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Affect the Greater Milwaukee Community & You - Sep 14
This presentation, sponsored by the United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee (UNA-GM), will occur on Saturday | September 14 | 10 am - 12 noon. Learn more here.
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Campaign for Nonviolence - Sep 14-22 
People around the world creating a new culture of non-violence, and an end to war, poverty, racism, sexism and environmental destruction, in coordination with the UN International Day of Peace on September 21. Pace e Bene. Contact George Martin at 414-745-5740 for more details about the Milwaukee events.
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Zeidler Center Basic Facilitator Training - Sep 21
Sign up for an upcoming training! Saturday | September 21 | 9 am - 4 pm Learn more here. For more information, please contact our Lead Trainer, Jules Maloney, at
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Global Climate Strike Rally and March - Sep 21
Renewable green energy, no fossil fuels or nuclear power! Saturday | Noon | Starts at Milwaukee County Courthouse, 901 N 9th St (at Wells St) - March to City Hall. Sponsored by MKE, and Youth Global Climate Team, Co-sponsored by Peace Action of WI 

Five Women to Inspire Today's Catholics - Sep 28
On Saturday, September 28 after the 4:30 Mass in Daniels Hall, Heidi Schlumpf, national correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter will be at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Menomonee Falls to talk about “Five Women to Inspire Today’s Catholics”. 

Scripture with Scholars - A Holy Land Pilgrimage for Armchair Travelers - Oct 1
See the Gospels come to life by walking in the footsteps of Jesus. Journey to the places in the Holy Land that shaped Jesus’ message. Enter into the places Jesus lived, ate and slept – all without leaving Milwaukee! Sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office of Evangelization and the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Dr. Patrick Russell will lead this “armchair” pilgrimage that will provide a
new window into the life and ministry of Jesus. Tuesday | October 1 | 7-8:30 pm
Learn more and print flyer here.
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2019 Summit on Poverty and SWIM Conference - Oct 7-8
The 2019 Summit and SWIM (Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee) Conference targets community leaders, human service professionals, educators, advocates, board members and people experiencing poverty in Wisconsin. This event, hosted by the Social Development Commission and Marquette University, will occur Monday | October 7 | 8:30 am - Tuesday | October 8 | 5:30 pm. Learn more and register here.
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Gun Violence Prevention / Day of Action - Oct 24
The majority of Wisconsin lawmakers have ignored the evidence, ignored their constituents, and ignored the devastation gun violence thrusts into the lives of Wisconsinites. It's time for us to pack the Capitol full of citizens, who are united in their determination to prevent gun violence. Thursday | October 24 | 9:45 am - 3:00 pm| Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Ave. Madison. Learn more and register here.
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Wisconsin Human Trafficking Conference - Oct 29-30
This conference should be attended by all law enforcement, local/state and federal prosecutors, social service personnel, victim advocates, and other organizations that provide services to trafficking victims. Tuesday, October 29 - Wednesday, October 30. Osthoff Resort. Learn more and register here.
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An Encounter with Silence

Loving God,
I come before you to pray for my brothers and sisters,
your children and members of Christ’s body,
at the southern border of the United States today.

What we read of their suffering
seems nothing less than a Passion for thousands. 
Little children crowded into cells
where they scarcely have room to stand.
Without decent sanitation or food,
separated from their families,
the older ones taking care of the younger

God of mercy,
I believe that you live within whatever and whoever I am,
the ground of my existence, its gracious cause and hope,
its true future, its blessed promise of eternal life. 
I could not always have said so much. 
But now through your grace I do believe it.

But God of all,
I am shaken in that faith
when I read of what is happening on the threshold of my country. 
Are not the women and men and children there also vessels of your eternal presence? 
Many of them, most perhaps, from what we call the Northern Triangle,
have indeed been baptized. 
But your incarnate Word is addressed to all of them. 
Your Spirit of freedom hovers over all of them
Can I continue to believe
that you are more interior to my soul than I am to myself
without confessing the same truth for every soul
on the border in Arizona and New Mexico and Texas?

Oh, gracious God,
you are silent. 
But give us, I beg, the words and wisdom,
the courage and yes also the tact,
not to speak empty words about your presence
while others of your children,
your children and ours,
are suffering what seems worse than death.

Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J., is president emeritus of Georgetown University and director of mission at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. He is the author of Blessed are the Refugees: Beatitudes of Immigrant Children.

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They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
Welcome here
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
They cannot
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way

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Used with permission from Brian Bilston's Poetry Laboetry Website


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