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I awaken today in the holy season of Lent. Where will Lent take me this year?

In her little book Soul Care, the Lenten Model, philosopher Carolyn Sweers suggests that Lent is a time to attend to the direction that God is calling me to grow, organically. What is my growing edge, spiritually, at this time in my life? My growing edge is not something placed on me from outside, but rather is the call from within to become a more authentic, complete me.  Responding to my growing edge may take me on new journeys, ask me to take new risks and to engage in new experiences. Or it may ask me to deepen something that is already a part of my life.

My hope is that as each of us grows to be more fully the person God made us to be, we are strengthened by the bonds connecting all of us and the entire Creation.

Mary Krolikowski

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Recurring Events
Pope Francis Quote
We become fully human when we become more than human, when we let God bring us beyond ourselves in order to attain the fullest truth of our being.

Pope Francis, The Joy of The Gospel, #8

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Recurring Events: 

5 Tuesdays in March
  • March 3: An Independent Press: Essential for Democracy
  • March 10: Democracy at Risk in Wisconsin: Spelling out the problems we face, from gerrymandering & the role of big money in our politics to the collapse of local media & local control, and offering some solutions
  • March 17: Truth & Broadcasting in a Digital Society: How TV/radio newscasts & interview shows have been affected by economic pressures, political polarization, and the public’s increasing reliance on social media for news
  • March 24: True News & Social Media Blues: From the Kardashians’ escapades to “fake news” and conspiracy theories, what dynamics are affecting all of the information we receive, and what are the checklists to guide us?
  • March 31: Truth & Mind Games: Our supercomputer minds naturally process complex realities into simplified narratives, but there are dangers if we consume media that feed only our ingrained opinions of truth
Learn more and register here or print this flyer to submit a paper reservation
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Waking up White - This community book discussion is facilitated by the SOPHIA's Racial Equity Team and will be a conversation about race to challenge yourself and share with others. The discussions will be held, Wednesdays, 3/4 & 3/11, 1:30-3:00 p.m., at Martha Merrell's Book Store, 231 W. Main St., Waukesha. Learn more, reserve a place at the discussions, and print the flyer here.
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Prayer Opportunity - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton's Indoor Labrynth
As we enter into the Lenten season, consider 30 minutes of quiet time to pray, meditate, or simply be silent. A labyrinth is a prayer path.  There are no dead ends, only a continuous path to the center and then back to the beginning. A quiet walk with our God.

The Labyrinth Is open five Thursday evenings during Lent:
March 3rd, 12th, 19th & April 2nd   6:30 to 8:00 PM
March 26th     5:30 to 8:30 PM

It is also open during office hours during the week when the room is available.
Call the Parish Office to check availability (262-782-6760). Come walk and pray with us! St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish, 12700 W. Howard Ave.
New Berlin. Learn more here.
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Protest to Divest Every Friday at Noonin front of Chase Bank & Wells Fargo Bank on Water & Wisconsin. They are the 2 largest investors in fossil fuels on Earth.  
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Just Mercy (by Bryan Stevenson) Sisters of the Divine Savior Book Discussions
Sisters of the Divine Savior Community House, 4311 North 100th Street, Milwaukee
Friday, March 13 – 1:30-3:00 p.m. or Saturday, March 14 – 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Thanks to a generous donation, each person who registers for a book event can request a free copy of Just Mercy. Register at:
If you have questions, call the Mission Advancement Office at (414) 466-7414. The Salvatorian Sisters hope you can join in turning the page on conversation about criminal justice.
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Food, Faith and Farming Network

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Good Shepherd Parish 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, N88 W17658 Christman Rd, Menomonee Falls
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Siena Retreat Center - Many opportunities for growth and healing

March Programs
  • Mar 1 and 2Tolton-From Slave to Priest, the remarkable story of America’s first black Catholic clergy person, presented by St. Luke Productions, is a powerful multi-media live production, filled with music, drama and inspiring performances bringing a message of hope and healing for the wounds that plague our culture.  Born into slavery, Augustus escaped to freedom with his mother and three siblings, attended seminary in Rome, as no US seminary would accept him, and was sent back into the hostile environment of his own hometown of Quincy, Illinois.  Here, and later in Chicago, his sermons and presence drew people of all races to his parish.  Today, his cause for canonization is moving forward quickly.  Performances at the Siena Center auditorium, 5637 Erie St., Racine, Sunday, March 1 at 4 p.m. and Monday, March 2 at 2 and 6:30 p.m..  A free-will offering will be taken at the door.  Seating is limited. Reserve your seats at  Sponsored by the Dominican Center for Justice Resources, Racine Dominican Sisters, Racine Interfaith Coalition, Racine Police Department and Public Library, Racine Vocational Ministry, Siena Retreat Center and University of Wisconsin-Parkside.  For more information contact Jim Gill at Siena Retreat Center, 262-898-2581 or
  • Mar 14: Are You Living Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home? Jo Mayer presents Saturday, March 14, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Siena Retreat Center. Learn more and register here or call 262-898-2590.
  • Mar 22: Lenten Day of Solitude. Jennifer Grant and Charlotte Ahern lead this day of reflection Sunday, March 22, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.. Learn more and register here or call 262-898-2590.
  • Mar 24: Profiteering. Lincoln Rice presents Tuesday, March 24, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Learn more and register here or call 262-898-2590.
  • Mar 27-28: Following Jesus with a Little Help from Buddha. Paul Knitter presents at this retreat. Learn more and register here.

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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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 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.
    • March 7: Capitol & Oakland
    • March 14: 16th & Wisconsin 
    • March 21: Sherman & North 
    • March 28: National & Greenfield
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International Women’s Day Celebration - Mar 8
Guest speaker, Lakota elder Madonna Thunder Hawk, lifelong activist for Native American rights. Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m., Room at UWM to be announced.
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Amazing Faiths Dinner Dialogue 2.0 - Mar 8
March 8, 2020 4 p.m. -7 p.m. Learn about the history and practice of the faith; The Church of the Latter-day Saints, 755 Woelfel Road, Brookfield. Learn more. Contact Cherrie Hanson, or call 414-276-9590. Follow this event on facebook.

International Days of Action Against Sanctions and Economic War - Mar 13
Panel Discussion with Kevin Zeese of Popular Resistance (he's a Venezuelan Embassy protector) on sanctions in Venezuela and Iran, Art Heitzer of the Cuba Committee of the National Lawyers Guild, and Tom Seery, member of Peace Action WI's anti-sanctions delegation to Iraq in 1998 when the sanctions there killed 500,000 children. Friday, March 13, 7 p.m., Peace Center, 1001 E Keefe Ave, Sponsored by Peace Action of WI.
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Women Speaking Against Oppression - A Celebration of International Women's Day in Milwaukee - Mar 14
Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. - Noon, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 631 N. 19th St., Milwaukee. This event is sponsored by the United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee. Learn more.
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International Day Against Racism, Fascism and War - Mar 14
Special Stand for Peace as a part of national actions that day. Saturday, March 14, Noon, Wisconsin Ave & 16th St.
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Supermarket Legends/Voting Volunteers - Mar 15
Supermarket Legends/Voting Volunteers advocate for voters in Milwaukee. We provide materials, training, and volunteer opportunities. If you want to help make sure every voter is registered and ready, please attend our next meeting, Sunday, March 15, 2020, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Capitol Street Library Community Room. Learn more here or contact Terri Lowder or Linea Sundstrom at
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The 4th Annual MPS United Nations Schools of International Learning World Fair - Mar 17
Tuesday, March 17, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena located at 400 W. Kilbourn Avenue in Milwaukee, WI.  This event is sponsored by the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation.  The United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee is helping to publicize this event. Learn more.
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Grinnell College Young, Gifted & Black Gospel Choir - Mar 17
“What a Mighty God we Serve” Psalm 95:3-7. A Ministry of Praise to Him & Encouragement for You. Free Concert – Open to the public, Tuesday, March 17, 6:30 p.m., St. Catherine Catholic Church, 5101 W Center St. Print the poster. Learn more about the Grinnell College Young, Gifted & Black (YGB) Gospel Choir here.
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"The World is my Country" - Mar 19
Gary Davis's Fight for Global Citizenship and a world without borders, and his commitment to the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m., Peace Center, 1001 E Keefe Ave, Sponsored by Peace Action WI
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Pot Luck & Politics - Mar 21
St. Elizaberth Ann Seton Social Justice committee presents Pot Luck & Politics, Immigration....Why are they here? After 5:00 pm mass, Saturday, March 21. Share a meal at 6:00, program at  7:00. Videos and discussion on immigration, work and Wisconsin. Attendees for the program only are welcome. If you'll join us for dinner, please bring a dish to share. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton,  12700 W Howard Ave., New Berlin.
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Tsuru for Solidarity Origami Peace Cranes -Mar 22
We need your help to fold 125,000 Origami Peace Cranes! Japanese Americans from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C., June 5-7, 2020, for a “National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps”. They will bring 125,000 paper cranes, or tsuru, as expressions of solidarity with immigrant and refugee communities that are under attack today. The 125,000 cranes represent the members of the community who were rounded up and incarcerated in U.S. concentration camps during World War II, including both Japanese Americans and Japanese Latin Americans. Sunday, March 22, 2-4 p.m., Bay View Outpost Natural Foods Community Room, 2826 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee. Learn more about the Milwaukee event here. Learn more about Tsuru for Solidarity here.
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Get Out the Vote with CCMR and Common Ground - Mar 29
Common Ground, a fantastic grassroots, interfaith community organizing effort that's been making a difference in SE WI for over a decade, is having their Annual Assembly on Sunday, March 29 from 2 - 3:30 p.m at St. Mark AME Church, 1616 W Atkinson Ave., MIlwaukee. They expect close to 900 people, and will share their plans for reaching 30,000 people this spring, summer and fall. This is exactly what our members have been asking for - let's partner with them!

COME JOIN US UNDER THE CCMR BANNER! Visit the CCMR facebook page for updates. Learn more and register here.
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Women in Mission: Celebrating the Missionary Call of Women - Mar 29
The Office for World Mission will hold its fourth annual Women in Mission: Celebrating the Missionary Call of Women celebration. The event celebrates the global missionary contributions of women who are from or work in Southeastern Wisconsin. March 29, 2-4 p.m., at the St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care-Bucyrus Campus located at 2450 W. North Ave., Milwaukee. Attendees can enjoy refreshments from Events By Day Catering and shop handmade items from Sister Edna’s Creation’s Jewelry and Aloekui Soaps and Lotions. For more information, and to register, click here or call 414-758-2280.
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Author Visit: Imani Perry - Apr 2
Imani Perry is an American interdisciplinary scholar of race, law, literature, and African-American culture. She is currently the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. This event is sponsored Center of Teaching & Learning, the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion, Women’s Innovation Network (WIN) and will take place April 2, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. at Marquette University's Raynor Memorial Library, 1355 W Wisconsin Ave.
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Tsuru for Solidarity Origami Peace Cranes - Apr 4
We need your help to fold 125,000 Origami Peace Cranes! Japanese Americans from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C., June 5-7, 2020, for a “National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps”. They will bring 125,000 paper cranes, or tsuru, as expressions of solidarity with immigrant and refugee communities that are under attack today. The 125,000 cranes represent the members of the community who were rounded up and incarcerated in U.S. concentration camps during World War II, including both Japanese Americans and Japanese Latin Americans. Saturday, April 4, 2-4 p.m., Milwaukee Friends Meeting, 3224 N. Gordon Place, Milwaukee. Learn more about the Milwaukee event here. Learn more about Tsuru for Solidarity here.
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Water Walk 2020 - Apr 25
Led by Native American women who have a blessing of the waters of the Menomonee, Milwaukee and Kinnickinick Rivers and Lake Michigan. Saturday, April 25, Menomonee River Parkway. Sponsored by Flowering Tree and Inter-Tribal Water Walkers.

Transform Me

God of all creation, you gift us with life. Transform me.
God of mercy and reconciliation, you teach us forgiveness. Transform me.
God of strength, you teach us endurance. Transform me.
Jesus, Son of God, you teach us to love. Transform me.
Jesus, Healer of All, you teach us compassion. Transform me.
Jesus, Shepherd of my heart, you guide us. Transform me.
 Jesus, Bread for the journey, you feed us. Transform me.
Jesus, one who does miracles, you give us hope. Transform me.
Jesus, Comfort of those who are tired, you give us rest. Transform me.
Spirit of God, Force of Love, you give us love. Transform me.
Spirit of God, Mindful of the Father’s will, you give us inspiration. Transform me.
Spirit of God, Whirlwind of Creativity, you invite us to imagine. Transform me.
--Jo Therese Fahres, in Prayers, No Experience Necessary

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LENT should be more than a time of fasting. It should also be a joyous season of feasting. Lent is a time to fast from certain things and to feast on others. It is a season to:

FAST from judging others; FEAST on Christ living in them.
FAST from emphasis on differences; FEAST on the unity of all life.
FAST from words that hurt; FEAST on phrases that mend.
FAST from discontent; FEAST on gratitude.
FAST from bitterness; FEAST on forgiveness.
FAST from self-concern; FEAST on compassion for others.
FAST from idle gossip; FEAST on purposeful silence.
FAST from suspicion; FEAST on truth.
FAST from pressures; FEAST on prayer.

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