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DECEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER
Advent Greetings 

In this season of hope, we wish you all peace, true joy and the grace of God's blessings.

With true thanks for all you do to bring the Spirit and Love of Christ to all those in need.
The Catholics for Peace and Justice Leadership Team
 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL


Pope Francis Quote

Contemplative Prayer for Reconciliation and Healing of Racism


 

ACTIONS | ISSUES

In bleak mid-winter

Catholic Coalition for Migrants and Refugees


 

PRAY | REFLECT


Pray: The Magnificat

Reflect: Reshape and Renew

EVENTS | EDUCATION 
Recurring Events

GENERAL
 
Pope Francis Quote
“The arduous process of peace-building and national reconciliation can only advance through a commitment to justice and respect for human rights,”

Pope Francis

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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

 
In bleak mid-winter
And that sounds like a bleak title for an Advent reflection. But it is also the title of my favorite recording of Christmas carols – not big choirs and bombast, but soft, gentle, reflective music. The album is not about bleakness itself. It is about gentling the spirit as we anticipate living through these cold darker months. And it is about what we hold in our hearts - the promise, the anticipation, that lie latent within the winter season - the return of light and warmth, which always comes. Always.

I have never feared these dark months. I have always seen them as a time to draw inward, slow down, become more meditative. Hard as it is (and it is harder for some than others), it can also be a deeply spiritual time. We can light candles in the darkness. We can bring our own gentle light. And when we do that, even the darkness can become beautiful.

There is something universal in all that. Also necessary.

Read Margaret Swedish's full article here.

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Catholic Coalition for Migrants and Refugees

CCMR Update


CCMR General Meeting
It is time for CCMR to have an all-member meeting to decide this group's direction in the next year. Please respond to this doodle poll regarding preferred times for an all-member meeting. If need be, I can set up a second session for members. So far, feedback and energy have been very positive from the group - I am looking forward to hearing more from everyone.
 
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 


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 mkemk4418@gmail.com 

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Siena Retreat Center Events, www.SienaRetreatCenter.org, 5637 Erie St., Racine, WI 53402
December 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.
    • December 5: Hwy 100 & North
    • December 12: Layton & 76th
    • December 19: Port Washington & Silver Spring
    • December 26: King & North
    • January 2: 92nd (Swan Blvd) & North
    • January 9: Forest Home & 43rd
    • January 16: Sherman & North
    • January 23: Capitol & Oakland
    • January 30: Howard & Howell
 
 
 
Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee 50th Year Anniversary - Dec 3
50th YEAR ANNIVERSARY VIRTUAL ANNUAL LUNCHEON - Undoing Historical Harm: Faith, Race, and Politics A Conversation with Dr. Reggie Williams. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Reggie Williams will share his view on Race, Politics and Faith.  Pardeep Kaleka will moderate the program and we will announce the winner of the Frank Zeidler Award for 2020.  There will also be a tribute to our milestone anniversary, looking back at the people, programs and significant moments. Thursday, December 3, Noon-1pm. Learn more. Purchase tickets and register here. Flyer.
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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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PRAY


The Magnificat

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.  

(Lk 1:46-55)




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REFLECT
 
A voice cries out: In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low, the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed… (Isa 40:4)

In what way is God reshaping you and calling you to renewal?
 
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