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Joyce Rupp in her book on Boundless Compassion quotes Illia Delio’s definition of empathy as the ability to ‘get inside the skin of another’ in order to respond with loving concern and care.
As we approach the new seasons of Lent and Spring this March, let us try to get inside the skin of the issues that are presented in this month’s newsletter. How do they call me to compassion or to empathy?  Could this be a path I’m called to take this Lent/Spring?
We have many opportunities to pause and act for justice. Let’s see if we can do it as compassionate men and women.
Have a good month.
Sr. Dusty

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Pray: Make Me Merciful

Reflect: Lenten Reflection


Volunteer to tutor refugees from Myanmar

Recurring Events
Pope Francis Quote
“Faith teaches us to see that every man and woman represents a blessing for me, that the light of God’s face shines on me through the faces of my brothers and sisters.” Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei

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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: 

Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee
4 Tuesdays in March (Noon to 1:30 p.m.) - A Luncheon / Lecture Series - Learn more and Register here.
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee – A Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1342 N. Astor St., Milwaukee
"no one leaves home unless..."

March 5, 2019 – Milwaukee's Changing Immigration Landscape
Barbara Miner, Award-winning Journalist & Author

March 12, 2019 – Human Rights & the Environment: Key Issues
Sumudu Atapattu, Director, UW Law School Research Center

March 19, 2019 – Where is the Welcome Mat for Refugees? Refugee Resettlement Efforts
Mary Flynn, Program Mgr., Refugee Resettlement, Lutheran Social Services,
WI & Upper MI

March 26, 2019 – Tidal Wave of Changes in Law & Policies Affecting Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Other Immigrants
Barbara Graham, Managing Atty. Catholic Charities Legal Services
for Immigrants Program
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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton's Indoor Labyrinth
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.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton's Indoor Labyrinth is open five Thursday evenings during Lent:
  • March 14th, 21st 28th & April 4th   6:30 to 8:00 PM
  • April 11th     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. Come walk and pray with us! St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish, 12700 W. Howard Ave., New Berlin, 262-782-6760
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Siena Retreat Center - Many opportunities for growth and healing

March Programs - Learn more
  • Christian Spirituality & Contemplative Yoga - Saturday, March 2, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Lessons on Becoming a Better Ally to People of Color 
    • Thursday, March 7 @ 7:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 9 @ 3:00 p.m.
  • Lenten Day of Solitude - Sunday, March 10, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • African American Community Connections - Tuesday, March 12, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Lent: Encounters with Divine Mystery - Wednesday, March 13,
    • 9:15-11:15 a.m.
    • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Simple Care of a Hopeful Heart, "Enhancing Resilience, Compassion, and Personal Well Being - Friday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. to Saturday, March 30, 12:30 p.m.
  • Expressions of the Soul; "Apprehending God," Abstract Acrylic Painting - Saturday, March 30, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Siena Retreat Center Daily Lent and Easter Reflection Texts
Subscribe to receive a short daily reflection text or email from Siena Retreat Center each morning throughout the seasons of Lent and Easter!  Quotes will be taken from the 13th century Dominican mystic, Meister Eckhart.  Interspersed will be quotes honoring a variety of religious traditions and their observances at this time of year.  To subscribe to receive texts, text the message “@sienale19” to 81010.  If you’d prefer to receive quotes as email, sign-up at using the same code.  Quotes will also be posted to Siena Retreat Center’s Facebook page.  This is a free service, open to anyone, so pass the word around to friends and family.  The first message will be arriving on the evening of March 5, Mardi Gras.  Questions?  Contact Jim Gill, Siena Retreat Center Assoc. Director of Programming at or 262-898-2581. 
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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 February conversations here.
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Nonviolent Communication Practice Groups (Flyer)
  • Milwaukee Friends Meeting House, Milwaukee, Every Wednesday, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish, New Berlin, 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, 7:00-8:30 p.m. through 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 a.m. - noon through May 2019. Learn more.
    • Thursday Afternoon Group, 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, 1:00-2:30 p.m. through 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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Peace Action Wisconsin's Stand for Peace
Every Saturday 12:00 - 1:00 P.M.. Learn more here. Updates on Facebook.
  • March 2: Brady & Farwell
  • March 9: Cesar Chavez (16th St) & Greenfield
  • March 16: Water & Juneau
  • March 23: Sherman & North
  • March 30: Forest Home & 43rd
Winter Farmers' Market & Brunch - Mar 3
The Food Faith and Farming Network's 10th Winter Farmers' Market & Brunch will highlight themes of our Catholic Soical Teachings; Solidarity, Caring for Creation and the Dignity of Work & Rights of Workers. Sunday, March 3, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., St. Sebastian Parish Hall, 1725 N. 54th St., Milwaukee. Learn more. Flyer.
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Women's Leadership Luncheon - March 7
"From the Mud, We Bloom: Finding Freedom from Exploitation." Thursday, March 7, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Mount Mary University, 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee. Learn more and register here.
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International Women's Day Celebration - Mar 9
Sponsored by United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee. Many topics and presenters of interest. Saturday, March 9, 10 am,  Redeemer Lutheran Church, 19TH & Wisconsin Ave., rear door. Learn more
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The Reluctant Radical - Mar 12
Film, “The Reluctant Radical", non-violent civil disobedience to climate change, Tuesday, March 12, 7:00 p.m.Riverside Park Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E Park Pl, Sponsored by, endorsed by Peace Action WI (414-269-9525).

Scripture with Scholars - Mar 13
Fr. Leslie Hoppe will discuss "Isaiah on Sin and Redemption" (Isaiah 2:2 - 4:6). Wednesday, March 13, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Atrium. Learn more.
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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 16
"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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 A Conversation about Sex Trafficking in OUR Communities - Mar 19
Human trafficking IS modern day slavery and its happening right here in OUR Communities. Come learn how youth and adults are being coerced into slavery, why they can't see their way out, and how we can keep our families safe. Tuesday, March 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m., St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic Church, W280 N2101 Prospect Avenue. Learn more and register here.
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I L O V E - Impacted Lives Overcoming Violence Effort - Mar 21
Thursday, March 21, 2019. 6-8:30 pm. Milwaukee City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, WI 53202.  Shared stories of people impacted by gun violence. Sharing your experience can have a vital role in preventing gun violence. Political leaders will offer their responses and ideas on advocacy and pledge to be a voice for those impacted by gun violence. Open to the general public.  Flyer
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WISDOM's Madison Action Day - Mar 26
More than 1,000 WISDOM leaders and friends from all parts of Wisconsin will gather at the State Capitol to advocate for "The Beloved Community," focusing on themes of Radical Inclusion, Reconciliation, and Living for the Seventh Generation. We will rally together to advocate and educate representatives about related issues in the proposed state budget. It is important for our legislators in Madison to understand that we want ACTION! Learn more and register here.
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Home Composting Workshop - Mar 27
In this informative workshop, you will learn how to create and use your own compost. Offered by the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use. Wednesday, March 27, 6:00-7:00 p.m., New Berlin Public Library, Community Room. Registration required: 262-754-1815. Flyer.
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UrbanInitiativeMKE: Walking the Talk in urban Ministry - Mar 31
Adult Faith Formation ~ Growing Discipleship with Ann Haines, executive director of UrbanInitiativeMKE (Urban Ministry). Milwaukee is a city of great gifts and great challenges. Come find out about some of the new initiatives that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has embarked upon in the central city of Milwaukee. Learn how we can answer the social justice call of the Gospel by working and walking together so that all can reach their God given potential and realize their inherent dignity. Sunday, March 31, 10:45-11:45 a.m. in the church hall of Good Shepherd Parish N88 W17658 Christman Rd, Menomonee Falls.
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Fourth Annual Dreamers Gala - Apr 4
On behalf of the Office of the Provost at Marquette University, we cordially invite you to the Fourth Annual Dreamers Gala: Dare to Dream. The Dreamers Gala is the primary source of funding for the Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J., Dreamers Scholarship for undocumented students at Marquette University. Thursday, April 4, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Learn more, register, donate here. Letter and sponsorship form.
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Human Concerns Summit - Apr 6 (Registration deadline - Mar 27)
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. Saturday, April 6, 9:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Archbishop Cousins Catholic Center, 3501 S. Lake Dr., Milwaukee. Learn more and register here
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Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Apr 6
Adekola Adedapo and Jahmes Finlayson take us Somewhere Over the Rainbow. This event is part of the 2019 Living Activism Series and is open to the public. Your free will donations will support the growing compassionate work of the MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary to create a daytime refuge/resource center in the 53206 zip code. Saturday, April 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m., The Coffee House, 2717 E Hampshire St. Milwaukee. Flyer.
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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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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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Ignite Hope Gala - May 18
You can be a part of restoring women's lives. Survivor Jessican Neely and Detective Remington will present. Presentations, buffet, silent auction and live auction, Saturday, May 18, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Embassy Suites Brookfield, 1200 S. Moorland Rd. Learn more and register here.
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Make Me Merciful

Peter Storey

 Holy Jesus, your forgiving love

Saves and disturbs me..

Without it, I am lost,

Yet, if I receive it, I must practice it.

By your mercy, make me merciful;

By your forgiveness, help me to forgive

As I have been forgiven.



Lenten Reflection


I am with you always.

Breathe my breath.

Lean your full heavy heart

On my strength in this dark place.

Let me pray in you, for you, and through you.

Forgiveness is a person.

Forgiveness has a face.

Forgiveness itself is holding me now.


Reshaping Our Being for Lent

Sunday Lenten Readings for Lectio Divina

Luke 4:1-14  Forty days in the desert

Luke 9:28-36 Transfiguration

Luke 13:1-9  Repentance

Luke 16:1-32  Prodigal son

John 8:1-11  Throwing the first stone

Luke 22:14-23:56  The Passion


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