Advent and Christmas Season

Advent and Christmas Season

Join our Family of Four Parishes for a season of hope and anticipation as we await and then celebrate the birth of our Lord. Advent can be such a beautiful, prayerful season if we are really intentional about staying focused on Jesus. Looking for ideas? A few recommended by our staff:

For adults:
Advent Reflections from Bishop Barron
Busted Halo Advent Calendar
Best Advent Ever with Matthew Kelly
Two Guys and a Gospel Podcast

For families and kids:
Advent Wreath
Holy Heroes Advent Adventure
Jesse Tree

Below you will find prayer, service, and community opportunities in our Family of Four Parishes during the Advent and Christmas Season. Click on the title links to get more details about each item.

Advent Giving Tree

Return gifts by December 15
To participate, take a gift tag for the Guest House of Milwaukee, La Causa Crisis Nursery, and/or the St. Vincent de Paul Society off the Advent Giving Tree and purchase a $5-$20 gift from the wish list. PLEASE DO NOT WRAP YOUR GIFT. Simply attach the gift tag to your UNWRAPPED gift and place it under the tree at any Mass from now through the weekend of December 14-15. If it is more convenient, you may drop off your gift at any time before December 14 at the Three Holy Women Parish Office.

St. Anne Christmas Fair and Bake Sale

November 23-24 after all Masses, Old St. Mary Parish Center
The St. Anne Society of Old St. Mary invites you to the Parish Center after all Masses for the Christmas Fair and Bake Sale. A variety of baked goods will be on sale and raffle tickets will be sold for great raffle items. Come enjoy a festive time with your four-parish community!

Family Holy Hour

December 7, 10:00 am, Three Holy Women-St. Hedwig Church
All families are invited to this unique time for prayer specifically designed for children of all ages (including noisy babies and wiggly toddlers)! Children will be invited to sit on the floor in the front of church and participate in simple songs and prayers during Eucharistic Adoration. We explain everything that we do so that even the littlest ones can join in. The morning will wrap up with fellowship in the church vestibule.

Our Lady of Divine Providence Christmas Bazaar

December 8, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, St. Casimir Hall
Held in the lower hall at St. Casimir Church. There will be craft tables, children’s games and raffles, as well as adult raffles and money raffles. Craft tables are available for $20.00 each. Contact Diane Bandurski at 254-1596 with any questions.

St. Vincent de Paul Open Door Cafe Christmas Party

The Cathedral of St. John/Old St. Mary Conference of St. Vincent de Paul & the Open Door Cafe are hosting the annual Ippolite Family Christmas Dinner on Monday, December 9, starting at 4:00 pm in the Cathedral Atrium. Last year we were able to serve over 475 invited guests of adults and children. Can you help to make this year another successful year? Volunteers are needed for set-up, decorating, serving and clean up for the event. We are also asking dedicated bakers to donate Christmas cookies, bars or other holiday treats. Volunteer opportunities are available from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm the day of the event. Please call J Harvey at 414-483-9171 or send an email to to set times or if planning to supply treats. Thank you in advance for helping us with this grand event.

Holiday Plant Delivery

December 14, Meet at 8:30 am at Old St. Mary Parish Center
Our family of four parishes will be delivering 200 holiday plants to parishioners who are homebound or living in health facilities on Saturday, December 14. Many volunteers are needed, so if you are able to help or want to verify that a nursing home or homebound parishioner is on the delivery list, please contact Terri Balash, Director of Pastoral Care, at 469-6173 or With the plants, we are also asking volunteers to bring the Eucharist. If you have never done this before, training and a prayer service will be done before departing. A Pyx case, prayer card and map will be provided. We will meet at 8:30 am in the Old St. Mary’s Parish Center (835 N Milwaukee St), where you may use the parking lot.

Family Justice Brigade

December 14, 9:00 am – 10:30 am, Meet at Old St. Mary Parish Center
We will pick up some holiday plants at Old St. Mary and deliver them to St. Anne’s Rest Home residents.

December 15, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, Old St. Mary Parish Center
We will organize and sort the Advent Giving Tree donations and learn about the great organizations receiving these donations.

Christian Women Cookie Sale

The Christian Women Society of Three Holy Women is “baking the world a better place” with its annual Italian cookie sale. Proceeds from the sale support the Christian Women mission of helping those in need. Place advance orders through December 1 by using the Cookie Order Form. Cookie sale and order pick-up will be after all Masses at Three Holy Women on the weekend of December 7-8.

Catholic East Elementary Christmas Program

December 19, 6:30 pm, Our Lady of Divine Providence-St. Casimir

Communal Reconciliation Service

December 21, 10:00 am, Three Holy Women-St. Hedwig Church
Celebrate God’s unending mercy in the sacrament of Reconciliation. Communal prayer and individual confessions will be available.

Christmas Masses

Christmas Eve:  4:30 pm
Christmas Day:  11:30 am

Solemnity of the Blessed Mary, Mother of God (Holy Day of Obligation)

December 31: 4:30 pm Mass at Old St. Mary
December 31: 4:30 pm Mass at Three Holy Women-Holy Rosary
December 31: 6:00 pm-Midnight Adoration (Benediction at Midnight) at Three Holy Women-Holy Rosary
January 1: 9:30 am Mass at SS Peter & Paul

Epiphany Party

January 5, after 9:30 am Mass, SS Peter & Paul
Join us after mass for a celebration in the Church Center. We’ll have coffee, juice, and treats (including the traditional Epiphany “King Cake”). We will sing We Three Kings and crown our own kings and queens. You can also pick up the materials to do the special Epiphany blessing of your home and show your kids our gifts of real gold, frankincense, and myrrh. This is a great chance to get to know other parishioners and guests and celebrate together as a community. Questions? Want to lend a hand with set up, clean up, or bringing a treat? Please contact We look forward to celebrating with all of you!

Taizé Prayer Service

January 8, 6:30 pm, Three Holy Women-Holy Rosary Church
Taizé Prayer is meditative in nature, using music, readings and silent reflection to focus our prayer.