Live as Children of Light – Lent 2017

Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule

The 2017 Lenten season begins March 1 with the observance of Ash Wednesday. Mass with the distribution of ashes is celebrated at 8:15 am at St. Casimir. Click to view all Ash Wednesday masses in our Family of Four Parishes.

Prayer and Service Opportunities During Lent

Lenten Retreat – March 5

There’s no better time to get refocused on the heart of our Catholic faith – our personal relationship with Jesus. Please consider joining your parish family for our Lenten Retreat on Sunday, March 5 from 4:00-7:00 pm at SS Peter & Paul. This Retreat will include a dynamic message, small group conversation and time for personal prayer. Dinner will be provided and there is no cost to attend, but we do ask that you register by Monday, February 27. Childcare will be provided for children 5 and under, and a youth program will take place for kids ages 6-12, so bring the whole family! For more information or to register go to or contact Beth Ennis at or 414-962-2443.

Lenten Small Group Book Study

Thursdays during Lent (beginning March 2), from 5:30 to 6:45 pm, we will be doing a small group book study of Jim Wallis’s America’s Original Sin. The book addresses the issues of racism, white privilege and the church’s role in fighting all forms of racial injustice. We will be meeting in the SS Peter & Paul Church Center and additional groups will be created if demand is great enough. Sign up at You may also contact Andrew Musgrave, Director of Social Justice, to sign up or with any questions at or 414-271-6577.

Lenten Group for Dads

A group of fathers will be meeting every Thursday night during Lent from 7:30-9:00 pm in the SS Peter & Paul office, beginning March 2. We will be studying the Gospel for the following Sunday and what it means to be Christian men, husbands and fathers in today’s society. If you are interested, please contact Mike Larson at 255-6978 or for more information.

Taizé Prayer – March 8

Join us on Wednesday, March 8 at 6:30 pm for a Taizé-style Prayer Service at Three Holy Women-Holy Rosary Church (2011 N Oakland). Taizé Prayer is meditative in nature, using music, readings and silent reflection to focus our prayer. Please contact Mary Robertson, Director of Music and Liturgy, at or 271-6577 if you have any questions.

Milwaukee Stations of the Cross – March 18

On Saturday, March 18 we will do a powerful Milwaukee-centered Stations of the Cross. As we pray the stations, we will travel the city, visiting key organizations, landmarks and places that bring to life the spirit of each station. Each stop will include a reflection and questions for contemplation and discussion. We will meet at Three Holy Women-Holy Rosary (2011 N Oakland) and travel by bus to the various sites (if we run out of room on the bus(es), folks can follow in their cars). We’ll leave at 1:30 pm and should return around 4:00 pm. Please sign up at are welcome, whether you are a parishioner or not, which makes this a great event to invite your friends to join you. Youth are also welcome, but please note that the material may be a bit too intense for children under the age of 14. Contact Andrew Musgrave with any questions at or 414-271-6577.

*If you were not able to join us for the Milwaukee Stations of the Cross you can find the prayers and reflections here: Milwaukee Stations of the Cross.*

Lenten Day of Service – April 1

On Saturday, April 1 our family of parishes will go out into the community to serve our neighbors. Opportunities are varied and several are family-friendly. We’ll meet at Three Holy Women-Holy Rosary (2011 N Oakland) from 9:00-9:45 am for breakfast and a prayer service, and then you’ll head out to your service location. You’ll be volunteering from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and you’ll need to bring a bag lunch. Please visit to view service opportunities and sign up. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Musgrave at or 414-271-6577.

Communal Reconciliation – April 8

Celebrate God’s unending mercy in the sacrament of Reconciliation at 10:00 am at Three Holy Women-Holy Rosary Church (2011 N Oakland Ave). Communal prayer and individual confessions will be available.

Other Weekly Lenten Activities

Weekly Reflections

Weekly reflections will be posted here and available as bulletin inserts.

Stations of the Cross


  • before 12:05 pm Mass (11:45 am) at Old St. Mary (844 N Broadway)
  • after 5:30 pm Mass (6:00 pm) at St. Hedwig (1702 N Humboldt Ave)


  • after 8:15 am Mass (8:45 am) at St. Hedwig
  • before 12:05 pm Mass (11:45 am ) at Old St. Mary

Reconciliation (Confession)

Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 11:30 am at Old St. Mary (844 N Broadway)


  • 3:30 pm at Holy Rosary (2011 N Oakland) and Our Lady of Divine Providence-St. Casimir (2600 N Bremen)
  • 4:00 pm at SS Peter & Paul (2490 N Cramer St)

Catholic East Fish Fry

Come to the SS Peter & Paul Campus cafeteria (2480 N Cramer St) on Fridays, March 10 – April 7 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm for this fun annual tradition. The dine in menu includes baked or fried fish, baked potato or french fries, coleslaw, applesauce, bread and butter, dessert, and coffee. Beer, wine, milk and soda will be available for purchase. Adults: $10; Seniors/Take Out: $9; Children: $6.

Lenten Almsgiving

One of the primary commands we find in the Bible is to love our neighbor, recognizing them as our brothers and sisters. Too often we see people who don’t look or sound like us as the other, and we don’t treat them the same as we treat our friends and family. But we are called to kinship – a family relationship – with all people because we ARE in the same family: the family of Christ.

This Lent marks the start of what will surely be a wonderful, life-giving and solidarity-producing relationship. Our family of four parishes is entering into an intentional relationship with the family of four central city parishes – All Saints, St. Martin de Porres, St. Michael and St. Rose. This relationship can move us further towards healing the deep divide in our community, and – literally speaking – they are our neighbors. Who better to form a relationship with than the parishes next door?

As a first step in this relationship, our Lenten almsgiving will help support the All Saints Meal Program. Some of our parishioners are already involved in this important ministry, and we have an opportunity to help sustain this ministry by raising money that will allow All Saints to hire a Dining Room Coordinator who will oversee the three-dinners-per-week ministry. Many of our brothers and sisters in the central city are facing hunger and isolation, and the meal program at All Saints brings people together in community to meet their basic needs of food and human connection. We need to raise at least $10,000 for this effort. If we all work at it, we could raise enough to support this for the next few years and it can grow into an even stronger and more supportive ministry. Sacrifice for the poor especially gives praise to God, so please be as generous as possible.

Please return your Almsgiving gift – checks made out to All Saints Catholic Church – on Holy Thursday. You may also turn your donation in at any of the other Triduum masses, weekend collections, or the parish office.

If you have any questions please contact Andrew Musgrave at or 414-271-6577. As you move through your Lenten journey, prayerfully consider supporting this great community resource, both through your prayers and your alms.