Saturday: 3:00 pm
Our Christmas plants will soon begin to wither. As they become unusable in the sanctuary, they will be placed in the vestibule for the taking. They are challenging to grow as they need a specific amount of light and darkness. But for those who might want one or more, just take them! Good luck in the challenging task of enabling them to blossom again at Christmas or whenever!
SLEEPING BAG MINISTRY - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We would like to resume making the much needed sleeping bags for the homeless; but we need more volunteers to help with this ministry. You only need to make knots to join the materials together. The group would meet twice a month in the rectory hall for approximately 2 hours. A convenient time and day will be arranged. Please call Jackie at 414-327-4625 and leave a message with what would be good for you or any other questions about this ministry. This is open to anyone who can make a knot with several layers of material.
2019 PARISH CALENDARS
These are available in the vestibule thanks to Schaff Funeral Services; please take as needed for self and others.
BLESSING OF HOMES
Some request this during the Christmas Season or early in the new year. If you desire the pastor to contact you and set up a time for a blessing, please mark a very clear “X” on your collection envelope this week.
OUR PARISH PRAYER BOOK
Prayers are offered for any help when special needs arise. Recognition of the needs of others through prayer certainly helps those in need. Call Millie Rogutich at 414-543-4745 with your prayer requests and the entire prayer group will be praying for you.
THE GIVING TREE THANKS
Our parishioners were most generous. The tree in the vestibule was all aglow last weekend with 39 ornaments and even more gifts, as some simply left a gift without a name. Also $210.00 was given through donations. All was given to the Capuchin House of Peace last week to be distributed to children who otherwise might not receive a gift. The money was used to purchase winter clothing for children. Thank you for your generosity!
CHRISTMAS FLOWER THANKS
A total of $1,535.00 was given as memorial gifts for flowers to decorate our church during Christmas. Thank you!
OUR 2018-2019 FISH FRY SEASON IS HERE! PLEASE JOIN US.
Friday, September 14, 2018 Friday, October 12, 2018 Friday, November 9, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018
Friday, January 11, 2019 Friday, February 8, 2019 Friday, March 8, 2019 Friday, March 15, 2019 Friday, March 22, 2019 Friday, March 29, 2019 Friday, April 5, 2019 Friday, April 12, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 Friday, May 10, 2019
QUAD PARISH RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM
For children ages K4 through grade 11
Please call Barbara Krieger if you would like to get your child registered. She is our parish cluster Director of Religious Education (DRE) located at St. Rita Parish and can be reached at 414-541-7515, ext. 39.
PARISH CALENDAR FOR 2019
The calendar for the coming year is now open. Mass Intentions for particular dates may be requested. Individuals and groups who want to use our facilities for our large hall or our Heritage Hall, may make reservations now. Since reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis, please make your reservations soon!
Our Parish Secretary is in need of a 3 bedroom apartment or home to rent in West Allis or the nearby Milwaukee area. If you know of any available, call her at home at 414-837-3037. Please leave a message for her if there is no answer, as she does not have a cell phone. She will call you back as soon as she gets home. Thank you very much.
On Friday evenings we usually have Vespers/Holy Hour. During the summer months we take a break from these services. This year they will resume in October. We will take a break during the severe winter months for your safety. We plan to resume in February or March. Please check our Events Calendar for exact dates and times.
FISH FRY PARTIES
We have a Fish Fry every second Friday of the month from September through May and every Friday during Lent. Please check our Events Calendar for specific details on location, times and prices. Those who are celebrating a birthday or anniversary are invited to bring their guests to our Fish Fries for their celebration. Separate tables can be set for your celebration of 12 guests or more. Our Fish Fry crew will then serve you and your guests family style. Call Barb Suter at 414-380-0662 or the rectory at 414-541-5207 to set up a Fish Fry Party. Plan ahead for a nice family/friends party at a Great Fish Fry!
New members are being sought. If singing is one of your talents, please join the choir for practice on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in church. The choir sings on Sundays at the 10:00 a.m. Mass. We appreciate our wonderful choir!
THE PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY MINISTRY
The Peanut Butter & Jelly Ministry announces their 10th anniversary!
They have made 180 PBJ Sandwiches monthly for the Gathering Food Site since February 2008. Always needed: grape jelly, large jars of creamy peanut butter or cash donations to buy the bread or other items. Place in Sleeping Bag containers in vestibule. We are looking for new volunteers to add to our on-call list. They would help make the sandwiches monthly on each 2nd Saturday morning for about an hour. If you would like more information, please call Jackie Ellington at 414-327-4625.
PRAYER & WORSHIP COMMITTEE UPDATE
A current need surfaced. We need new choir members, servers (children and adults) and also Eucharistic ministers. Parishioners should carefully and prayerfully consider if they are qualified to fulfill some of these much needed ministries in our parish. Contact the rectory if interested!
NOTICE TO ALL PARISHIONERS AND CHURCH ATTENDEES
Our Saturday evening Mass of Anticipation time has changed to 4:00 p.m.
Please join us.
Penance & Reconciliation will now be at 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
Thank you and we apologize for any inconvenience.
COMMUNION FOR THE SICK AND HOMEBOUND
The first Friday of the month is the usual day for the ministering of communion to those unable to come to church. If you know of anyone who would want monthly communion, please notify the pastor. Of course, any time a sick person would want the Anointing of the Sick/Holy Communion, please call the pastor!
SLEEPING BAG MINISTRY
This group faithfully meets twice a month on Tuesday mornings from September to June at 9:00 a.m. in the Remembrance Room. We need a few good knotters in making sleeping bags for the homeless. No sewing is required, just the ability to make a knot with yarn. For more information, call Jackie Ellington at 414-327-4625.
ENVISIONING OUR FUTURE
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has been planning to cluster the West Milwaukee parish and the eastern parishes of West Allis. Below are the links to the documents for the information they have collected with the assistance and involvement of parish member volunteers from St. Florian, Holy Assumption, St. Augustine and St. Rita. Please read the data and attend one of the upcoming meetings to better explain everything and to ask questions of these representatives that you may have. The information and meetings are vitally important for the future of all of these parishes. Ideally, we would like you to attend our meeting; but if there are time restraints, we understand and feel it is vitally important that you attend at least one of the meetings. There will be more meetings in 2018. Please watch for those dates and times.
Click here for Profile and Possibilities information.
Click here for Pastoral Activity information.
Click here for Data information.
Thank you for all of those in attendance at the 2016 and 2017 meetings and our hope is that you participated by offering ideas and suggestions to make this transition happen smoothly. Please continue to read through the information contained in the above links as more meetings will occur in the near future and please be sure to check our website for the dates on those meetings too.
QUAD PARISH RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
We are pleased to announce the formation of our Quad Parish Religious Education Program. St. Augustine, St. Florian, Holy Assumption, and St. Rita Parishes have decided to better utilize space, resources and volunteers; while providing quality formation for our children and youth. The Quad Parish Religious Education Program will be under the direction of our Pastoral Associate, Barbara Krieger. She can be reached at her office, located within St. Rita Parish, at 414-541-7515, ext. 39 or via her cell phone at 414-364-5566.
For RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), please see below or call Barbara Krieger for more details.
The 2018-2019 Letter of the Quad Parish Religious Education information is here.
The 2018-2019 Registration Information for St. Augustine families on any of the programming is here.
The 2018-2019 Quad Parish Religious Education Schedule is listed here for you to view dates, times and location of classes or events. THIS WILL BE POSTED ONCE SCHEDULE IS COMPLETED.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)
This process of bringing non-baptized adults into the Catholic community has been used in the USA since 1988 - almost 30 years. Some Catholics are familiar with the process, and there are some who hardly know it exists. Here in our parish earlier this year, two adults were baptized, confirmed and made their First Holy Communion during the Easter Vigil. There is an adapted rite known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC) used for children who have reached the age of reason and are entering into the Catholic Church. Also related to this process of RCIA is the reception of adults baptized into another ecclesial community (Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, etc.) being received into the Catholic community through Confirmation and First Communion; we had one such candidate during the Easter Season. More can be learned about this Catholic ritual in the Catholic Update inserted in today’s bulletin. Also a reminder: any adults interested in being baptized or received into the Catholic church - contact the pastor soon, as sessions would begin in early autumn. Usually from September or October to Easter is enough time for the necessary sessions. Please contact Barbara Krieger, our Pastoral Associate, to register or ask any questions. She can be reached at her office at 414-541-7515, ext. 39 or via her cell phone at 414-364-5566.
LOCAL PARISH FOOD PANTRIES
Provided by 3 parishes: St. Augustine, Holy Assumption & St. Florian.
Their information is: Holy Assumption at 1525 South 71 Street (South parking lot), EVERY Thursday 5-7 p.m. AND EVERY Friday 12-3 p.m.
OR at St. Florian at 1210 South 45 Street (North parking lot), ONLY the 3rd Monday of each month from 5-6 p.m.