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Catholics for Peace and Justice January 2014 Newsletter

Catholics for Peace and Justice
APRIL 2014 Newsletter

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This Tuesday, April 1st at 11 am CST, the U.S. Catholic Bishops Migration committee will hold a Mass of Repentance on the border of AZ and Mexico on behalf of the close to 6,000 migrants who have died in the U.S. desert since 1998.  We invite you to join together in prayer, fasting and action for immigration reform in support of this show of mercy and repentance.   

Blessings on your Lenten Journey

Quote:
"And it isn't just an economic issue, it's a moral issue. I think the Pope was speaking to the danger that over time we grow accustomed to this kind of inequality and accept it as normal. But we can't." President Obama in reference to his discussion, March 27, on income inequality with Pope Francis. The President said he admires the Pope's courage to speak out on economic and social issues.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL
Pope Francis Quote Book
An Economist Considers Pope Francis’ Critique of Capitalism 

ACTIONS AND RESOURCES
Catholic Bishops Mass of Repentance on US Mexico Border/April 1
Immigration Actions for April
Paul Ryan: Immigration a Matter of When 
Wisconsin “Dreamers” Deserve Tuition Equity
Senate Passes TAD and Trafficking Bills
Common Ground Update
Invitation to the Annual School of the Americas Watch Teach-in and Vigil
Zero Option – Leave No Troops Behind in Afghanistan
Disarmament for Sustainable Development
Bills Cutting Funding for Nuclear Weapons
Earth Day Resource on Water
Pax Christi USA Webstore
Volunteer at Hunger Task Force Farm

EVENTS
Urban Ecology Center Earth Day/Month Activities - April
New Sanctuary Movement Monthly Immigration Prayer Vigil – April 1
Immigration Film Night at Seton – Apr 2
On The Ground in Response to Typhoon Haiyan – Apr 2
New Sanctuary Movement Monthly Vigil at ICE – April 3
New Sanctuary Movement March – April 4
Food and Faith:  A Conversation with Vandana Shiva – Apr 5
Mid-West Fair Trade Gathering in Milwaukee – April 5th. 
American Indian Sovereignty and Natural Resources in the Western Great Lakes – Apr 7 & 8
"Resources for Peace" Conference – April 10-11
Islamic Society of Milwaukee Open House – Apr 12
Milwaukee Admirals and Catholic Charities Power Play Against Poverty – Apr 12
Serving Christ’s Poor: The Spirituality of St. Francis – Apr 16
Incarceration: Behind and Beyond Bars  - Apr 22
Amazing Faiths Dinner Dialogues – Apr 23
West Side Art Walk and Green Living Festival – Apr 25 and 26
SOPHIA's Annual Prayer Breakfast and Tenth anniversary Celebration! – Apr 26
CPJ Common Ground Core Team Meeting – May 15
2014 National Migration Conference – July 7-10
St. Ben’s Run & Walk to German Fest, Save the Date! – July 25

PRAYER AND REFLECTION
Praying with Icons 
Lent Reflection: Fr. Robert Barron
The Shul and the Sangha – Frank Pauc

GENERAL
Pope Francis Quote Book
“God will judge us on our love, on how we have loved our brethren, especially the weakest and the neediest.”  From “Do we want to become holy? Yes or No?” A Pope Francis book of quotes and images on the first anniversary of his papacy  
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An Economist Considers Pope Francis’ Critique of Capitalism 
By Jeffrey D. Sachs America Magazine March 24, 2014
In “Joy of the Gospel” Pope Francis stated “In today’s world of instant communication and occasionally biased media coverage, the message we preach runs a greater risk of being distorted or reduced to some of its secondary aspects.  In this way certain issues which are part of the Church’s moral teaching are taken out of the context which gives them their meaning…”  This statement is especially true about Francis’ comments on “trickle down” economics.  This article, written from an economist’s perspective, is helpful background for addressing the moral Scriptural foundation of Pope Francis’ comments on our Christian responsibility in our global and national economies.    

“Jesus’ teachings offer good news for the righteous, whether they are the poor and marginalized or the rich who are generous with their bounty. All can find a place in the kingdom. Yet there is little comfort for those who expect that their wealth alone will save them. The story of Lazarus and the rich man is a reminder of the fate of the wealthy who ignore the poor in their midst (Lk 16:19-31). So we should not be surprised by the highly divergent reactions to Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation,…“  Read full article 
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Catholic Bishops Mass of Repentance on US Mexico Border/April 1
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, joined by bishops on the border, will travel to Nogales, Arizona, March 30-April 1 to tour the U.S.-Mexico border and celebrate Mass on behalf of the close to 6,000 migrants who have died in the U.S. desert since 1998. The purpose of the trip is to highlight the human suffering caused by a broken immigration system, an aspect of the national immigration debate which is often ignored.

“What we fail to remember in this debate is the human aspect of immigration ¬– that immigration is primarily about human beings, not economic or social issues,” said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration. “Those who have died – and those deported each day – have the same value and innate God-given dignity as all persons, yet we ignore their suffering and their deaths.”  The trip follows the example of Pope Francis, who, in his first trip outside of Rome, traveled to the Italian island of Lampedusa to remember African migrants who died attempting to reach Europe. During that trip, Pope Francis spoke about the “globalization of indifference” toward migrants and decried the “throwaway culture” that disposes of human beings in the pursuit of wealth.  Full Press Release    Also see “Our Lampedusa” in Common Good Forum  
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Immigration Actions for April
1. Stay focused on pushing Republicans to move on Immigration Reform by calling and sending postcards to your legislators and asking others to do the same.  
2.  Engage in activities in solidarity with the US Bishops Mass on the Border. Ideas on JFI website  
View and share this video “The Dignity of Immigrants”  
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Paul Ryan: Immigration a Matter of When 
By Seung Min Kim | 3/26/14 3:57 PM EDT
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) pressed the economic case for overhauling the nation’s immigration system on Wednesday, saying that reform is inevitable and necessary to boost growth in the United States. Ryan’s fellow House Republicans have largely put the kibosh on moving forward with immigration reform this year, but some key GOP lawmakers are still lobbying their colleagues publicly and privately to tackle immigration. The 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee is among figures who have urged the GOP to embrace an overhaul. “To me, it’s not a question of ‘if’ we fix our broken immigration laws,” Ryan said Wednesday at a breakfast hosted by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “It’s really a question of ‘when.’” Ryan called the nation’s immigration laws “chief” among the problems that are curbing economic growth. Noting the rate of retirement among baby boomers, Ryan said reforming the immigration system is necessary to fill future jobs.  Full article from Politico  
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Wisconsin “Dreamers” Deserve Tuition Equity
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Op ed. 
“Maricela and I both call Wisconsin home. My family moved from Mexico City to Wisconsin when I was 4, and we have lived here since. My parents have paid their taxes every year they have worked here. My dream was to study mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as try out for its track team.  In-state tuition for undocumented students became available here in 2009, after years of organizing by immigrant youth. Unfortunately, in 2011, it was repealed by Gov. Scott Walker, who effectively shut the door to higher education for undocumented students (called "Dreamers") in the state. It has been three years since then, and we believe it's time this door is blown wide open again.”  Read more from Journal Sentinel:  
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Senate Passes TAD and Trafficking Bills
Senate Passes Treatment Alternative and Diversion (TAD) Grants:  The Senate unanimously passed Assembly Bill 668 (Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette), which would provide grants to counties that offer substance abuse treatment to offenders and diversion from incarceration. The WCC supports the bill, which now awaits the Governor's action.
 Senate Passes Human Trafficking Bill:  On a voice vote, the Senate passed Assembly Bill 620 (Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, R-Clinton), which would further protect victims of human trafficking and aid in prosecuting perpetrators. The WCC provided testimony in support of the bill, which now awaits the Governor's action.
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Common Ground Update
NOTE REVISED DATE - All are invited to find out what Common Ground is all about. Come to the next CPJ Common Ground core team meeting May 15th at 4 PM at Panera in Brookfield [meeting has been moved from April 15 to May 15], 15040 W Greenfield Ave, Brookfield, WI. Contact Mary Kleist for more info:Mary Kleist [ maryakleist@sbcglobal.net ] or (414) 426-2486.
Show your support and Fire Up for Fair Play! At the Common Ground Spring Delegates Assembly Tuesday, 4/8, 7:00 - 8:30pm, Hamilton High School, 6215 W Warnimont Avenue, Milwaukee
Ozaukee County Shared-Ride Taxi Extended Hours Kick-Off - Sunday, April 6th , 2:00pm, Ozaukee County Shared-Ride Taxi Services, 741 W Oakland Avenue, Port Washington (off Spring Street three blocks south of Grand Ave), Please join us to celebrate Common Ground's victory on the FIRST DAY of the extended Sunday hours for the Ozaukee Shared-Ride Taxi!  Refreshments & cake will follow a short program. 
For more CG information go to the Latest Common Ground Newsletter and CG website  
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Invitation to the Annual School of the Americas Watch Teach-in and Vigil
From Patrick Kennelly – Marquette Center for Peacemaking
Dear Catholics for Peace and Justice:
Greetings from the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking! I am writing to invite you to participate in the annual School of the Americas Watch teach-in and vigil on November 21-23, 2014, in Columbus, GA. To help you become more informed and to prepare for the event, I am pleased to share information on resources and potential speakers to invite to your parishes.
 
SOA Watch-Wisconsin is a grassroots organization committed to upholding human rights and advocating for an investigation into atrocities committed by graduates of the School of the Americas, now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. SOA Watch members are available to make presentations related to grassroots organizing, nonviolent social change, justice efforts across the hemisphere, and the experience of being a prisoner of conscience. Speakers can present to student groups or to classes. Enclosed is a flyer with information on a video about the SOA and speakers. Read the complete letter with information on the SOA Watch teach-in vigil.  
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Zero Option – Leave No Troops Behind in Afghanistan
Peace Action is joining Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) to launch a petition drive to keep the pressure on the White House for the “Zero Option”: leave no troops behind in Afghanistan. Please sign the petition.   We are helping MFSO galvanize grassroots support for the “Zero Option.”  We will keep you updated on events and days for action. Join the campaign by signing the petition.  
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Disarmament for Sustainable Development
From Pax Christi International
Faith-based organizations and religious communities worldwide are invited to join the "Disarmament for Sustainable Development" Campaign. The main aim of this initiative is to press for an end to the over-funding of military establishments and for the creation of new funds to tackle human insecurity and common threats to the planet. In addition, the campaign supports all efforts to limit or eliminate weapons that impact negatively on communities in conflict zones. Pax Christi International is approaching faith-based organizations to stimulate conversations and actions around this issue. Find out more about the campaign,  To find out about the Global Day of Action [April 14] click here.  
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Bills Cutting Funding for Nuclear Weapons
From Peace Action Milwaukee
The president's budget request for 2015 shows that his priorities are still dangerously backwards, asking for yet another increase for nuclear weapons while crucial domestic spending continues to be slashed. Our allies in Congress are stepping up to take these misguided priorities head on. Companion bills have been introduced in the House and Senate that would each save $100 billion in the next ten years by reducing the number of nuclear weapons and cutting nuclear weapons spending. In the Senate, Sen. Ed Markey's (D-MA) bill is the SANE Act (S. 2070) and in the House, Rep. Earl Blumenauer has introduced the REIN-IN Act (H.R. 4107). We need your help to get your representatives on board supporting cuts to nukes.  Groups all over the country are working together to get cosponsors on these bills. We need your help to keep phones on Capitol Hill ringing off the hook calling for cuts to nukes. Please call right now and tell your representatives to cosponsor these important bills to cut wasteful nuclear weapons spending.
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Earth Day Resource on Water
Water, Holy Water – From Wisconsin Council of Churches:    This year's Earth Day resource explores water as a gift from God that is being threatened by overuse and pollution. Included are sermon starters, worship resources, and a bulletin insert.
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Pax Christi USA Webstore
Looking for peace and justice prayer and formation resources.  Visit the Pax Christi USA Webstore 
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Volunteer at Hunger Task Force Farm
We have regular opportunities for volunteers to get their hands dirty and help Hunger Task Force provide a steady supply of fresh fruits and vegetables to Milwaukee’s hungry. Activities include preparing new plants in the greenhouse, planting and harvesting fresh produce, fish hatchery work, and more! Details Here. 
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EVENTS
Urban Ecology Center Earth Day/Month Activities
Earth Day? We have too much earth-celebrating enthusiasm for one day. So, we’re declaring April to be Earth Month! Each of our branches have a special Earth Month themed programs (see below for dates and times).  Earth Month culminates with a city-wide, all-hands Earth Day of Service on April 26th! Click here for a listing of all the events. 
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New Sanctuary Movement Monthly Immigration Prayer Vigil – April 1
The monthly prayer vigil is Tuesday, April 1, 6:30 pm at Ascension Lutheran Church,  1236 South Layton Blvd., Milwaukee. Join us as we pray for people affected by deportations and for an end to deportations.
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Immigration Film Night at Seton – Apr 2
On Wednesday, April  2nd at 7 pm at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Seton Hall, the film entitled “Dying to Live: A Migrant Story” will be shown. This film is a reflection on the human struggle for a more dignified life and the search to find God in the midst of that struggle.  A discussion of the film will follow. Refreshments will be served. Click here for more details. See page 2.
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On The Ground in Response to Typhoon Haiyan – Apr 2
Marquette Center for Peacemaking presents Wednesday, April 2, 6 pm,  AMU Henke Lounge.  Super-typhoon Haiyan made landfall on November 8, 2013 in the Philippines, resulting in approximately 8,000 deaths and disrupting the livelihoods of 5.6 million. Hundreds of development agencies provided humanitarian relief, including Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Stacy McCoy will share her Personal Testimony and experience helping to implement an assessment of options for farmers needing seeds for the upcoming planting season in the aftermath of the super-typhoon and put this in the context of CRS’s Integral Human Development framework.
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New Sanctuary Movement Monthly Vigil at ICE – April 3
Thursday, April 3, 12:00 Noon at the ICE office (310 E. Knapp St.)  - monthly prayer vigil at the ICE office.  Join us for 20 minutes or so in prophetic witness as we pray for the needs of people in deportation and for the conversion of ICE workers.
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New Sanctuary Movement March – April 4
Friday, April 4, 4:00pm at Red Arrow Park (intersection of Water and State Streets)
Members of the New Sanctuary Movement, Voces, and YES will march from Red Arrow Park downtown six blocks to the ICE office as part of a national day of action in which groups around the country will call on President Obama to stop deportations by expanding his Deferred Action program (which young immigrants won in 2012) to protect from deportation people who would have gotten citizenship under the bill passed in the Senate last year. We will be bringing 1100 flowers to ICE, one for every person who, on average, has been deported each day of President Obama's administration. Flyer.    
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Food and Faith:  A Conversation with Vandana Shiva – Apr 5
Saturday, April 5 at 1:45pm. How does food access, availability and quality effect our faith and work in the community? What are the root causes of hunger worldwide? You are invited to take part in a unique opportunity for people of faith -- a one-on-one conversation with Dr. Vandana Shiva, "a world-renowned scientist, philosopher, feminist, author & environmentalist," who is coming for a weeklong residency at Beloit College the first week of April 2014.  With this event, Beloit College aims to bring attention to the power of activism and to encourage dialogue and positive social change, with a particular focus on access, availability, and quality of our food as a human right. Also Friday evening Keynote address. See flyer for information.    
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Mid-West Fair Trade Gathering in Milwaukee – April 5th. 
The Milwaukee Fair Trade Coalition is part of a National network of Fair Trade campaigns that seek to grow communities of Fair Trade advocates and embed Fair Trade values and purchases into mainstream business and institutional practices. The Mid-West Fair Trade Gathering will bring together over 15 Fair Trade campaigns from the region to talk about community organizing, Fair Trade and building a regional Fair Trade network.  This event is open to advocates and individuals within our community who represent areas of interest, like environmental sustainability and social justice, which are related to Fair Trade.  Event Details: Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, Saturday, April 5th, 2014, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, www.midwestfairtrade.eventbrite.com 
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American Indian Sovereignty and Natural Resources in the Western Great Lakes – Apr 7 & 8
Monday, April 7 and Tuesday April 8, 2014, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union Theater (Monday) • Curtin Hall (Monday eve) •  Wisconsin Room (Tuesday), What does Tribal Sovereignty mean? Why do Tribes have a say in resource development? What are the historic roots of the federal-tribal relationship? Speakers • Singers • Film • Reception
Day & Evening Events • Free & Open to the Public . A two-day conference at UW-Milwaukee will explore the role of tribal sovereignty in resource management and development including speakers from the Bad River tribe explaining their experiences with the planned Penokee Mine.  Flyer and Schedule. More info at AIS.UWM.EDU or on Facebook.
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"Resources for Peace" Conference – April 10-11
The Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and UW–Whitewater are pleased to invite faculty members students, and the public, to a joint conference to explore Resources for Peace, an Interdisciplinary Conference for Faculty and Students Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater and The Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. Thursday and Friday, April 10-11, 2014 at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. Information and Registration 
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Islamic Society of Milwaukee Open House – Apr 12
The Islamic Society of Milwaukee invites you to our open house on Saturday, April 12 10 am to 4 pm 4705 South 13th Street. Full tour of the Islamic Center and Salam School building. Displays and literature available on Muslim culture, civilization and other topics, refreshments will be provided. Free and open to the public.  Flyer
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Milwaukee Admirals and Catholic Charities Power Play Against Poverty – Apr 12
We have another exciting evening with the Milwaukee Admirals as they join Catholic Charities in the fight against poverty. Mark your calendar for Sat., April 12 for an exciting game PLUS post-game concert by Gavin DeGraw! Info and tickets  
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Serving Christ’s Poor: The Spirituality of St. Francis – Apr 16
Holy Week: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 (Noon) Location: St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 1927 N. Fourth Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212 Please come as our special guest. The House of Peace is hosting a special Holy Week Lenten program. Learn about St. Francis’ spirituality which our new Pope has referred to so often. Capuchin Friar Perry McDonald, Pastoral Director, and Gerri Sheets-Howard, Executive Director, will be presenting the teachings of St. Francis and how he shows us how to serve the poor. All are invited to this free event held at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 1927 N. Fourth Street, Milwaukee.  A simple lunch of bread and soup will follow the reflection. Please bring a friend.
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Incarceration: Behind and Beyond Bars - Apr 22
Jack Russell Memorial Library, Community Room, 100 Park Ave, Hartford, WI, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 7:00 pm program   6:30 pm refreshments and social, Presentations by Debbie Lassiter of Convergence Resource: Support services for formerly incarcerated women.  David Liners, State director of WISDOM, a faith-based organization working to find alternatives to incarceration. Liners works with the 11 x 15 Project whose goal is to reduce Wisconsin’s prison population by 11,000 by 2015.  This free program is sponsored by the Peace Seekers of Washington County Blogspot:thepeaceseekersofwashingtoncounty  FLYER 
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Amazing Faiths Dinner Dialogues – Apr 23
People of all faiths and no faith, all spiritualties and philosophies gather in small groups to share a meal and participate in a moderated discussion using a proven model, evoking deep exchanges about lived experiences and the role of faith or spirituality in their lives. Through exploration and dialogue, participants learn about the beliefs and traditions of others within an atmosphere of respect and understanding, and are empowered to stand as witnesses for tolerance. Sponsored by Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee. More Information here.  
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West Side Art Walk and Green Living Festival – Apr 25 and 26
Support Local Artists and Sustainable, Fair Trade Products During Earth Month- Westside Artwalk and the Green Living Festival at Mitchell Park Domes. Celebrate Spring in our communities by joining Four Corners of the World, your local fair trade store, at the annual Westside Artwalk on April 25th from 5-9pm and April 26 from 10am-4pm and at the Green Living Festival at Mitchell Park Domes on April 26th from 9am-3pm. These great events highlight local artists and sustainability efforts. Special activities for kids will take place. New fair trade products perfect for warmer weather and life outdoors will be available from Four Corners. Fair trade not only supports living wages for disadvantaged artisans around the world, it also promotes caring for the Earth.  For more information on both events, visit www.fairtrademilwaukee.org/events.
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SOPHIA's Annual Prayer Breakfast and Tenth anniversary Celebration! – Apr 26
SOPHIA: A Decade of Accomplishments, A Future of Opportunities Inclusive for All People. Prayer Breakfast and Silent Auction. Join in the 10th Anniversary of Covenanting of SOPHIA. Celebrate SOPHIA's First Decade. Saturday, April 26, 2014 8:30 am.  UWW - Northview Hall - Dining Room. 1500 N. University Drive, Waukesha. SOPHIA is dedicated to dialogue with individuals, agencies and public officials to stimulate creative and effective efforts to improve our communities in Waukesha County. SOPHIA addresses social injustices in our increasingly fragmented world. We join hands with others to bring effective change rather than isolated self interest. SOPHIA is a member of the WISDOM state network. For Tickets go to www.sophiawaukesha.org 
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CPJ Common Ground Core Team Meeting – May 15
All are invited to find out what Common Ground is all about. Come to the next CPJ Common Ground core team meeting May 15th at 4 PM at Panera in Brookfield, 15040 W Greenfield Ave, Brookfield, WI. Contact Mary Kleist for more info:Mary Kleist [ maryakleist@sbcglobal.net ] (414) 426-2486.
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2014 National Migration Conference – July 7-10
2014 National Migration Conference in Washington D.C. is July 7-10, 2014. Co-sponsored by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Catholic Legal Immigration Network, INC (CLINIC) and Catholic Charities, USA. Early Bird registration deadline has been extended. Meet and network with 800+ conference attendees, including: Legal service providers and pro-bono attorneys affiliated with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network; Diocesan refugee resettlement and immigration directors and staff; Social service providers working with unaccompanied refugee children; Partners in the Church’s anti-trafficking programs; Immigration advocates; and more. Click here for more information:   
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St. Ben’s Run & Walk to German Fest Save the Date! – July 25
In 2014 we are running & walking to German Fest on Friday evening, July 25, 7 PM. Please mark your calendar and thank you in advance for helping to feed Milwaukee's hungry.
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PRAYER AND REFLECTION
Praying with Icons 
From Pax Christi USA  
Our church is blessed to have many incredible iconographers, including Fr. Bill McNichols.  Check out his work here. 
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Lent Reflection:
From Fr. Robert Barron 
Together Maurin and Day founded the Catholic Worker Movement, at the heart of which lay a newspaper and several houses of hospitality, places where poor and hungry people could receive a meal or a place to sleep. Their goal was to create a society where it was "easier to be good," changing modern America from being "a society of go-getters to a society of go-givers." 

How did they go about making this change? By following the practical precepts of the church, which flow directly from Matthew 25, namely, the corporal and spiritual works of mercy: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit the imprisoned, shelter the homeless, bury the dead, counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, pray for the living and the dead. When these are practiced, they realized, one's concern for "peace and justice" is no longer an abstraction or a harmless velleity. It becomes real and impactful. 

Upon our death we can take no earthly treasures with us. We leave behind our wealth, our power, our social status, our degrees, and our titles. Yet paradoxically, in Maurin's own words, "what we give to the poor for Christ's sake is what we carry with us when we die."
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The Shul and the Sangha
Frank Pauc
Saturday morning is my favorite time of the week. I drive from our house in Oak Creek to the Great Lake Zen Center in Riverwest for meditation practice. Afterward, I drive a little further east, and I go to the Shabbat morning service at Lake Park Synagogue near the UWM campus. This may seem like a curious activity for a lifelong Catholic, however I do this on most weekends. I will explain why. 

About eight years ago, I wanted to learn about meditation. It was easier for me to find a place among the Buddhists to learn than it was for me to find a meditation practice in a Catholic venue. Likewise, about five years ago, I became interested in Judaism. What better place to learn than in a synagogue? As time has gone on, I have become more comfortable spending my time with the Jews and with the Buddhists. By spending time with them, I have learned a few things, things that I wouldn't have learned from a book.  Read the full reflection.
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