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. Also please note that Christmas falls on a Monday this year so there are changes in Mass times from December 23 through January 1. Click to view the full schedule.

Advent Giving Tree

Return gifts by December 17
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 16/17. If it is more convenient, you may drop off your gift at any time before December 15 at the Three Holy Women Parish Office.

Family Holy Hour

December 1, 6:15 pm Our Lady of Divine Providence-St. Casimir
Families, do you need some time to get focused on Jesus during the busy Advent season? Please join us for a Family Holy Hour to help kick-off Advent with other parents and children in 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 from 6:15-7:00 pm. We explain everything that we do so that even the littlest ones can join in. The evening will wrap up with treats and playtime in the Church Hall immediately following the Holy Hour. Parents and other adults from our Four Parish Family are welcome to stay or join us for an additional hour of silent Adoration from 7:00-8:00 pm. If you have questions, please contact Rachel McGrew at mcgrewr@archmil.org.

Advent Wreath and Candle Sale

SSPP and OSM: November 25 and 26
OLDP and THW: December 2 and 3
Family Ministry will once again be selling a variety of Advent wreaths and candles after all masses. Cash or checks will be accepted. Please stop by and see us, we will also have some free Advent resources for children! Contact Anh Clausen, Family Ministry Coordinator, at clausena@archmil.org.

St. Anne Christmas Fair and Bake Sale

December 2-3 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!

Our Lady of Divine Providence Pancake Breakfast and Craft Fair

December 3, 9 am-12 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.

Saints Peter & Paul Holiday Bazaar

December 3, 10:30 am, Church Center
You are invited to Saints Peter & Paul’s Annual Christmas Cookie Sale and Holiday Bazaar after the 9:30 am Mass.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Holy Day of Obligation)

Click to view the Mass Schedule for December 8.

Holiday Plant Delivery

December 9, 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 9. 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 balasht@archmil.org. 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.

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 3 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 9-10.

Communal Reconciliation Service

December 16, 10:00 am, SS Peter& Paul
Celebrate God’s unending mercy in the sacrament of Reconciliation. Communal prayer and individual confessions will be available. Free childcare will be provided in the SSPP nursery.

Family Justice Brigade

December 17, 11:30 am, Old St. Mary Parish Center
We will organize and sort the Advent Giving Tree donations and learn about the great organizations receiving these donations.

Catholic East Elementary Christmas Program

December 20, 6:30 pm, St. Casimir
More details to be announced.

Christmas Masses

Christmas Eve: 4:30 pm
Christmas Day:  11:30 am
Christmas falls on a Monday this year. Please note there are changes in Mass times from December 23 through January 1. Click to view the full schedule.

Epiphany Celebration

More details to be announced.

Concert Series at St. Casimir

January 7, 4:00 pm, St. Casimir
Our favorite jazz duo, The Wolff-Domenget Duo, will again be performing their take on familiar Christmas tunes, and right in the middle of the Christmas season. Join us for an entertaining take on Christmas.