175 years is a lot to celebrate, and we have a lot to offer in the celebration! A full day of free activities await you and your family on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We hope to see you there!
Why May 4? May 4, 2019 commemorates 175 years to the approximate day the first Bishop of Milwaukee, Bishop John Martin Henni, arrived in Milwaukee in 1844.
What is all happening on May 4? The celebration will start in Pere Marquette Park, then process to the Cathedral for an 11 a.m. Mass. The celebration will continue in Cathedral Square, as we join together in a fun-filled family day of music, food, games and a youth 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament.
Learn more at: https://www.archmil.org/175th-Anniversary/Events/175-Alive.htm
Joann Corsten made a banner that trustee Dennis Myers will carry in the procession to the Cathedral. Please came and enjoy the day, cheering Dennis on and representing St. Pius X!
Thank you to all those who made nominations for parish leadership. Ron Skelton has accepted another term as Trustee. I thank him for all his service to our community. Ten parishioners were nominated for the Pastoral Council. They are being invited to a discernment session on May 1, when four members will be chosen. Please keep this process in your prayers.
A comment in our recent parish survey was “we don’t get much information about religious education.” Our two leaders (Samantha El-Azem for K-5 and Sarah Daszczuk for middle and high school) created a web page (triparishfaithformation.org) last year year where all the information can be found (the web address is regularly shared in our bulletin and easily accessible from the parish website). We are transitioning to Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for K through 5th grades, a Montessori-based religious education program. A critical part of this program is an “atrium,” a dedicated space for the children to encounter God. This coming Sunday, April 28, from 11:30 to 1:30 at Christ King, there will be an opportunity for you to see the first of multiple atriums. Please note the information in this bulletin and take advantage of this opportunity to understand this wonderful opportunity that is being given to our children.
I thank all who worked so hard to make our Holy Week and Easter celebrations so special, especially Kathy Wellenstein, our Liturgy and Music Director. May God bless you for all your efforts.
Those of us who live where there is a harsh winter have such an appreciation of spring, when the weather gets warmer, the snow melts, and finally flowers begin to sprout up as the trees gain leaves. What a perfect analogy that experience is for the Resurrection: the cold dark night has been conquered by the Rising Son! Happy Easter!
As I reflected on the scriptures these last days, I was struck by the non-violent and humble behavior of Jesus: He put an end to the violent reaction of His disciples at His arrest; He healed the man (an opponent) whose ear had been cut off; He stood humbly before Pilate; He shifted the focus of the weeping women from His own suffering to them and their families; He ministered to the thief at His side as He was dying; and, finally, He asked His Father to forgive those who were torturing Him. What an example of non-violence!
The message is clear: those who wish to live as did Jesus must be non-violent and forgiving, must be building up rather than tearing down. This is a message that our society needs to hear more than ever and we need to announce it by how we live.
As we celebrate this feast, let us renew our resolve to grow in our ability to live as Jesus did: humbly and non-violently. And let us support each other’s efforts with prayer.
-- Paul James Portland, SDS
Join us on Sunday, June 2 from 12pm-2pm at St. Pius X, Cafeteria for an afternoon with Grace Urbanski, the author of Pray with Me: Seven Simple Ways to Pray with your Children and former national director of children's ministry for the Apostleship of Prayer (now the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network). Grace will talk about how to engage in the Mass with your children and how to pray more together as a family.
What to Expect:
Food and Fellowship
Talk on how to help children (and you!)
get more out of Mass each week
Family Activities on the Mass
Every year over 380,000 lives are lost due to sudden cardiac death. Every second counts in saving a life!
St. Pius X will be installing an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) device for the church.
How would you like to be part of saving a life? Have you always wanted to know how easy it is to use an AED device to help someone in need? Well, now is the time to find out!
A Wauwatosa Fire Department Instructor will be coming to our gym on Sunday, May 19th at 9:15 am (after the 8 am Mass) to demonstrate how to use the AED device and begin chest compressions.
The class, which will be held between Masses, is free and open to anyone in middle school and older. No medical experience is necessary, only a desire to help someone if needed.
Please call the Parish Office at 414-453-3875 to reserve a space now.
Thank you to the members of the Justice and Peace Committee for all their service to us, especially the second Mini Green Summit held last Sunday. Thank you to the Health Committee for the speakers they bring in, the articles in The Invitation, the free yoga sessions by Mary Snow, and the materials available in the lobby of the church. These two committees are always open to new ideas on how they can help the community, so share any ideas you may have.
In our two Gospel readings from Luke this weekend (one for the procession with the palms, the other the Passion), there are three different crowds that interact with Jesus.
The first is the enthusiastic crowd that accompanied Him into Jerusalem, shouting and waving palms. It almost sounds like a mob out of control. They were in the excitement of the moment: was this the Messiah King who would save Israel? But when things got difficult, where were they? Hopefully, our faith isn’t like that: shallow faith that follows only when it is easy or convenient or promising.
The second crowd is the group with the scribes and Pharisees. These are the self-righteous, those who are sure that they are right while those that think or act differently are wrong and need to be condemned. Hopefully, our faith isn’t like that: quick to divide and judge and condemn.
The third is the “large crowd, including many women,” who followed Jesus on the Way of the Cross. This is the only group Jesus speaks to, warning them to weep for themselves and their children. Hopefully, our faith IS like theirs: willing to follow Christ even though it might be difficult, following those that suffer and doing the best we can to bring them comfort.
As we go through these next days leading up to our celebration of the holiest days of the year, I invite us to reflect on these three groups. When am I in which group? How can I grow to be more in the third?
I urge you to attend our services Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil. The powerful symbols in these celebrations will help us enter into the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord. And let us support each other in prayer.
-- Paul James Portland, SDS
Sunday, April 28 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium (2nd floor of Christ King Parish Center)
Over the next several years, our religious education program is getting a make over!
We are transitioning over to a Montessori-based formation program that is hands-on, practical, and deeply focused on the spiritual needs of the child.
Next year (2019-2020), children in K3-K5 are invited to experience this program.
Come and see the Atrium, the special environment made especially for the young child to hear the voice of the Good Shepherd and find out how you can get involved.
Parents, grandparents, and interested parishioners are welcome to come and see!
Enter in the 91st Street Christ King Church Entrance and follow the sheep upstairs.
Once again, Justice and Peace members hope you will join us for the annual Spring Clean Up of Milwaukee's waterways. What's new this year is that St. Pius has chosen to become a part of the Riverkeepers "Adopt a River" program. That means we are responsible to clean up a portion of the Menomonee River Parkway twice a year.
Our first clean up will be Saturday, April 27, at 9 am. We will join others throughout the Milwaukee area for the annual spring clean up. But this year, we will focus cleaning up our chosen area - along the Menomonee River from Swan Boulevard to North Avenue.
We will meet at Hoyt Park at 9 am, get our supplies and as a group go to our area. Please come and be a part of this event to care for our amazing waterways.
Questions?? Call or email Joan Quinn @ 414-476-3629 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our nomination process for parish leadership closes after the 10:30 Mass this weekend. I thank those who made nominations. The nominees will be contacted in the next days and invited to a discernment session with the Pastoral Council on May 1st, when the new leadership will be chosen. Please continue to keep this process in your prayers.
Sometime this week you will receive a second mailing from the diocese for the Catholic Stewardship Appeal. If you have not yet contributed, I urge you to do so. This appeal supports social justice ministries and services that we use. It is our responsibility to support our local Church and its efforts to serve us and those in need.
This is the last weekend this year that I will be in Racine for a workshop with our Salvatorian candidate and the directors/candidates from other religious communities of religious men and women. I appreciate your understanding, prayers, and support. Some of these candidates could be your pastors in the future!
Only one week remains until we enter the most moving and central week of our liturgical year. I commented at length on Holy Week in The Invitation, which you received this week and/or can read on our webpage. I urge you to join your faith community as we walk with Christ during the last week of His life, beginning with our reenactment of His entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and culminating in our celebration of His Resurrection.
Prepare to celebrate Holy Week by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation after our communal penance service on Tuesday evening at 7 pm. Three priests will be available for individual confession. (In this context, I invite you to go back and reread the reflection for Saturday, Third Week of Lent, on page 26 in our Lenten reflection book With Grace and Gladness).
We find it so easy to judge and condemn: That person doesn’t come to church. That person thinks they are better than anyone else! That person isn’t doing what they should be doing. Etc. Etc. Fill in whatever you want.
In our Gospel today, the woman WAS guilty. She WAS caught in adultery. (Doesn’t it take two to tango? Where is the man???) According to the Law, the scribes and Pharisees had the right to bring her to be stoned. And Jesus doesn’t object, He doesn’t go against the Law. He simply suggests that the one without sin throw the first stone.
Why are we so quick to judge? And condemn? Even when it is justified? What does it say about us? Are we REALLY able to throw the first stone?
In this final week leading up to Palm Sunday, I invite us to reflect on our tendency to judge and condemn, especially when we are doing it with our mouths or fingers (on social media), asking the Lord to forgive us for this and help us grow in our ability to say with Jesus, “neither do I condemn you.”
-- Paul James Portland, SDS
Adults of all ages should have one. Do you need one or need to update your current document (due to deaths, divorce or marriage)?
St. Pius X Health Ministry invites you to learn about Advance Health Care Directives also known as Power of Attorney for Health Care on Thursday, April 11, 2019 in the rectory living room* at 6:30 PM.
Take charge of your future health care decisions and put the worry of your loved ones aside. Lisa Marie Idzikowski, APSW will explain your choices and the difference between a Living Will, Advanced Directive and a Wisconsin Health Care Power of Attorney as she walks you through the decision-making process. Lisa Marie will answer your questions, and will provide the forms you need to complete a legal document (that evening if you choose to). Come learn about this process for yourself or to help a family member, friend, or loved one. You can even complete your Directive for free!
Please plan to join us!
*Rectory Living room, 2506 Wauwatosa Ave., enter parish office doors and turn right. Street parking
Recently someone asked me about the “Angel Fund.” (Every so often there is an envelope for the “Angel Fund” in your packet of envelopes). This fund supports tuition assistance at our school, Wauwatosa Catholic, and I encourage you to support it. The combination of Catholic education and the International Baccalaureate curriculum gives our children basic attitudes and tools for living a Gospel-oriented and meaningful life. We want this to be available to families who are in need of financial assistance. I also encourage all our families to consider Wauwatosa Catholic for your children; I believe it is worth it.
Fr. Lukoa, our Salvatorian priest from Tanzania who helped me a lot over the last three years, sends his greetings from Rome. He is now a member of our international leadership team, which is based in Rome. He misses the community here at Pius.
Nine parishioners signed up for various ministries this past weekend at our ministry fair. I thank you for your willingness to share your time and talent with the community. Our effectiveness depends on the generosity of parishioners in sharing what God has given them.
The obvious theme of our readings this weekend is reconciliation. In the first reading, the Lord says to Joshua, “Today I have removed the reproach of Egypt from you” and the Israelites enter the Promised Land. Then Paul tells the Corinthians that God has reconciled us to Himself through Christ and now sends us as ambassadors to bring that reconciliation to others. Finally, the Gospel story of the Prodigal Son reminds us that God is always waiting for us to return and be reconciled. He has done His part and is waiting for us to make our move.
The prodigal and the father are reconciled and are having a great party, as are the Israelites as they enter the Promised Land. But the elder brother, who cannot forgive, who refuses to be reconciled, is left outside and alone in his anger and resentment. Now really: whom is he hurting?
To forgive, to be reconciled, not only makes moral sense as a follower of Jesus, but it also makes practical sense: if we don’t forgive, if we harbor resentments, we cut ourselves off and hurt ourselves, as the elder brother was doing in our Gospel story.
We are at the midway point in Lent. Perhaps there is nothing better that we can do than to be reconciled – both with God and with others from whom we might be estranged. On Tuesday evening, April 9, we have a penance service at 7 pm with three priests to hear individual confessions. I invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to be reconciled with the Lord. And if there are resentments and hurts to be healed, I urge you to use this time of Lent as an opportunity to bring about the needed healing. And let us support each other’s efforts with prayer.
-- Paul James Portland, SDS
Come learn about environmentally-friendly options in and around our Parish! Representatives will be here from:
Family fun for all ages! Come learn about how to preserve our environment!
Please note the report on our recent parish survey which is included in this bulletin and can be found on our webpage. Overall, it was very positive. The comments and suggestions for priorities that were given will be very helpful as the Formation and Evangelization Commission and the Pastoral Council develop a parish goal for 2019-2020. I thank the 74 parishioners who made the effort to participate.
Parishioners are receiving e-mails, purportedly from me, asking for Amazon cards, I-tunes, etc. It is a scam, using public information in the bulletin and on the webpage to get contact information. Never contribute to something like that without checking that it is valid. Be especially careful if “hurry” and “emergency” are invoked. Take the time to find out or simply delete
I thank all who participated in our Lenten reflection this past Tuesday evening. Hopefully, it will help make our Lenten observance more meaningful. Please join us for our Stations of the Cross this Tuesday, March 19, at 7 pm.
Our Living Waters campaign is off and running. Please be as supportive as you can.
On Ash Wednesday we heard Jesus explain the three disciplines of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The first Sunday of Lent we heard about the temptations of Jesus: as a human being, he was tempted to use His power for His own good, comfort, and self-advancement. Now, the second Sunday of Lent, we have the story of Jesus’ Transformation. Why?
One way of looking at it is that we are being reminded, early on in Lent, that the purpose of the disciplines we do in Lent is to transform us, to change us, to make us more like Christ. Hopefully, by the time we celebrate Easter, there will be a little less of Paul Portland’s ego and needs in me and a little more of Christ. Like St. Paul, we are gradually transforming ourselves into Christ.
I repeat what I wrote last week: to help us grow (read TRANSFORM), Lent calls us to increased fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. The fasting helps us move out of ourselves, to be less self-indulgent; the almsgiving goes a step further, asking us to reach out and use the gifts we have been given for others; since both of those are difficult, building a stronger relationship with the Lord through prayer will hopefully give us the help and strength that we will need to continue our lifelong process of transformation.
Fr. Anthony de Mello tells the story of a change in one man’s prayer life: “I was a revolutionary when I was young and all my prayer to God was: ‘Lord, give me the grace to change the world.’ As I approached middle age and realized that half of my life was gone without changing a single soul, I changed my prayer to: ‘Lord, give me the grace to change all those who come in contact with me; just my family and friends and I shall be satisfied.’ Now that I am old and my days are numbered, I have begun to see how foolish I have been. My one prayer now is: ‘Lord, give me the grace to change myself.’ If I had prayed for this right from the start, I should not have wasted my life.” Let us support each other’s efforts with prayer.
From Fr. Paul --
Below is the report on our recent parish survey which was included in the bulletin. Overall, it was very positive. The comments and suggestions for priorities that were given will be very helpful as the Formation and Evangelization Commission and the Pastoral Council develop a parish goal for 2019-2020. I thank the 74 parishioners who made the effort to participate.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the Parish.
-- Paul James Portland, SDS
Join us on Sunday, March 24th from 12pm-2pm at St. Pius X, Cafeteria for an afternoon with Grace Urbanski, the author of Pray with Me: Seven Simple Ways to Pray with your Children and former national director of children's ministry for the Apostleship of Prayer (now the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network). Grace will talk about how to engage in the Mass with your children and how to pray more together as a family.
What to Expect:
Food and Fellowship
Talk on how help children (and you!) get more out of Mass each week
Family Activities on the Mass