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New Year and World Day of Peace Greetings,
On January 1, 2019 Pope Francis opens his World Day of Peace message.. "In sending his disciples forth on mission, Jesus told them: “Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you” (Lk 10:5-6)."

Francis continues, "Bringing peace is central to the mission of Christ’s disciples. That peace is offered to all those men and women who long for peace amid the tragedies and violence that mark human history.[1] The “house” of which Jesus speaks is every family, community, country and continent, in all their diversity and history. It is first and foremost each individual person, without distinction or discrimination. But it is also our “common home”: the world in which God has placed us."

Despite the stark divisions in our world, our country, our communities and families Christians, in following Christ, must seek the way of peace. We must seek peace every day, in every breath, in contact with creation, and in every encounter with our fellow human beings - no matter who they are.  

"Oh most glorious God. Enlighten the darkness of my heart. Give me right faith, certain hope, and perfect charity"  so I may be a reflection of your peace in this world today.

Let's consider daily prayer and an act of peace with those we daily encounter to be our 365 day homework assignment for 2019.  With God's grace we can bring peace to this "house".

God's Peace and Blessings to You in this New Year

Debra Schneider

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Volunteer to tutor refugees from Myanmar

Recurring Events
Pope Francis Quote
“Every election and re-election, and every stage of public life, is an opportunity to return to the original points of reference that inspire justice and law. One thing is certain: good politics is at the service of peace.”  Pope Francis World Day of Peace Message 2019

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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:  or call 414-906-0458.
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Recurring Events: 

Siena Retreat Center - January and February Programs
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Food, Faith and Farming Network - Milwaukee Winter Farmers' Market Schedule
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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. Learn more about the January and February conversations here.
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Nonviolent Communication Practice Groups (Flyer)
  • Milwaukee Friends Meeting House, Milwaukee, Every Wednesday, 7:00-9:00 pm. Learn more.
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish, New Berlin, 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, 7:00-8:30 pm from October 2018 - 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-Noon from October 2018 - May 2019. Learn more.
    • Thursday Afternoon Group, 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, 1:00-2:30 pm from October 2018 - 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
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National Migration Week - Jan 6-12
Learn more.
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National Migration Prayer Event - Jan 10

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has designated the week starting on Sunday, January 6th, as National Migration Week. You are invited to join us at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 12700 W Howard Ave, New Berlin (262-782-6760) on Thursday, January 10th for a National Migration Day of Prayer and Reflection.  The day will begin at 8 a.m. with Mass.  After Mass, our indoor labyrinth will be open until 8:00 p.m. to allow for private prayer and reflection.  You are welcome to join us at any time throughout the day.  Come journey with us!
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More Precious than Gold - Jan 19
In partnership with Plowshare Fair Trade Marketplace and Education for Peace, Waukesha Public Library presents More Precious than Gold - The Back Forty Mine: A Clash of Values. This documentary follows a community as it challenges the installation of a 750-foot open pit mine on the banks of the Menominee River. Filmmakers Karen Slattery and Mark Doremus will lead a discussion following the film. Saturday, January 19, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Waukesha Public Library.
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Moving from Bias to Justice - Jan 21
To honor Dr. King’s Legacy, the keynote speaker, Reggie Jackson, explains the biological and social roots of unconscious bias, its cost to our society, and how we can fulfill America’s promise of liberty and justice for all. Monday, January 21, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Waukesha County Technical College, Gymnasium Building S, 800 Main St. Learn more and register for this free event here.
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Archdiocese Respect Life Mass - Jan 22
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki will preside at the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s Respect Life Mass, Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 7:00 p.m., at Lumen Christi Parish in Mequon (11300 St James Lane), in observance of the National Day of Penance and Prayer for Life as Catholics across the country pray in penance for violations to the dignity cof the human person committed through acts of abortion and for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life, from conception to natural death. Praying the Rosary for Life begins at 6:30 p.m. Call 262.242.7967 or click here for more information.
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2019 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering - Feb 2-5
The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is the central gathering of Catholic social ministry leaders in the United States. It equips leaders and emerging leaders with the knowledge, relationships, and skills to build communities where all can thrive. The theme of the 2019 gathering is rooted in our commitment as disciples to cultivate God's justice, at home and around the world, to heal the brokenness our communities reflected in racism, incivility, and poverty. February 2-5, Washington D.C. Omni Shoreham Hotel. Learn more and register here
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Living in the Web of Creation - Feb 17
The Waukesha County Creation Care Network is an outreach program of the Waukesha County Green Team, designed to connect faith communities working on care for our greater home – Earth. Anyone who wishes to be part of a faith-based network of people engaged in caring for creation is welcome to join us!  In partnership with: WI Green Muslims, Laudato Si Project, St. James Catholic Church, St. Anthony on the Lake, Catholics for Peace and Justice, and with support of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Social Justice Ministry.  Learn More at . Flyer
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An Evening with Bruce Sanguin - Mar 15
“The Heart’s Evolution,” from the author of If Darwin Prayed. When the evolutionary narrative that science has given us is stripped of its materialistic assumptions, it is possible to interpret our deepest longings as signs of a sacred unfolding—the very heart of the divine moving in and through us and through this Great Unfolding. Friday, March 15, 7:00 p.m. at the Siena Retreat Center. Learn more and register here
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A Day with Bruce Sanguin - Mar 15
"The Heart of the Christ,” from the Author of If Darwin Prayed. This day will focus on the heart as a spiritual center of deep intelligence, where the energies of the Heavens and Earth meet.  We will explore the spiritual path of purification through the lens of emotional, psychological, and physical trauma, and trauma’s impact on our capacity for intimacy, joy and authenticity. Saturday, March 16, 9:00 a,m, - 3:00 p.m. at the Siena Retreat Center. Learn more and register here.
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SAVE THE DATE: WISDOM's Madison Action Day - Mar 26
We will gather from around the state in our Capitol Building in Madison. It is important for our legislators in Madison to understand that we want ACTION! We will provide more information as it becomes available.  
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SAVE THE DATE: 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. April 6, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., Cousins Center, 3501 S. Lake Dr., Milwaukee. Learn more.
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SAVE THE DATE: 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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SAVE THE DATE: 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. Watch the Wisconsin Catholic Conference site for more information as it becomes available and learn more hereFlyer.
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Ecumenical Center Prayer
O Lord, you love justice and
You establish peace on earth.
We bring before you the
disunity of today’s world;
the absurd violence, and the
many wars,
which are breaking the courage
of the peoples of the world;
human greed and injustice,
which breed hatred and strife.
Send your Spirit and renew
the face of the earth;
teach us to be compassionate
towards the whole human
strengthen the will of all those
who fight for justice and for
and give us that peace which
the world cannot give


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“Keep your thoughts positive
because your thoughts become
your words.
Keep your words positive
because your words
become your behaviors.
Keep your behaviors positive
because your behaviors become
your habits.
Keep your habits positive
because your habits
become your values.
Keep your values positive
because your values become
your destiny”

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