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The heart of a parish is the Eucharist, but the parish family is the body that makes it a unique and vibrant community with an inspiring parish life. Saint Kilian Catholic Church offers a variety of ways to be part of that communal family in addition to the celebration of the sacraments.

The parish community has a special role in promoting participation in the life, mission, and work of the faith community.

“The parish is where the Church lives. Parishes are communities of faith, of action, and of hope. They are where the Gospel is proclaimed and celebrated, where believers are formed and sent to renew the earth.
Parishes are the home of the Christian community; they are the heart of our Church. Parishes are the place where God’s people meet Jesus in word and sacrament and come in touch with the source of the Church’s life.”

— Communities of Salt and Light, p. 1

Read more from the Communities of Salt and Light document from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).


 


 

 

Mass Schedule at St. Kilian: 4:30pm Saturday and 9:00am Sunday. 

Mass Schedule at St. John: 6:30pm Saturday and 7:30am Sunday. 

Sunday, August 29th, was the final scheduled Mass at 11:15am at St. Kilian. 

At Christmas and Easter it is most likely that St. Kilian parish will add Mass at 11:15am to the schedule for those Holy Days.


 

Catechetical Sunday

Catechetical Sunday this year is on September 19th, 2021.

 The ministry of the Word is a fundamental element of evangelization through all its stages, because it involves the proclamation of Jesus Christ, the eternal Word of God .

“The word of God nourishes both evangelizers and those who are being evangelized so that each one may continue to grow in his or her Christian life” (National Directory for Catechesis [NDC] [Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2005], no. 17).   

 

Why do we celebrate Catechetical Sunday?
In 1935, the Vatican published On the Better Care and Promotion of Catechetical Education, a document that asks every country to acknowledge the importance of the Church’s teaching ministry and to honor those who serve the Christian community as catechists.  For the first few years after Catechetical Sunday was established, national catechetical congresses were held in conjunction with the celebration.  Beginning in 1971, the USCCB’s Department of Education began producing materials to help parishes celebrate the event at the local level. When the Committee on Catechesis, now named the Committee of Evangelization and Catechesis, was named by the Conference as a standing Committee, it continued to publish Catechetical Sunday materials each year. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has designated the third Sunday in September as Catechetical Sunday. 

Those whom the community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry.  Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith. 

  

What Does the Word “Catechetical” Mean?
The word might be more familiar than you think.  Many Catholics have used the word “catechism” for years, and they know it has something to do with the compendium of the Church’s teachings.  The root word, “catechesis,” is from a Greek word meaning “to echo, or resound.”  Catechesis is the act of resounding or bringing the Church’s teachings to the world. A catechist is one who teaches in the name of the Church. 

  

Why do we have a special day set aside to commission catechists?
Catechesis is a distinct and special ministry in the Church.  As the Catechism of the Catholic Church makes clear, “Catechesis is intimately bound up with the whole of the Church’s life . . . her inner growth and correspondence with God’s plan depend essentially on catechesis” (no. 7).  This ministry of teaching in the name of the Church has a profound dignity, which is why catechists are formally commissioned by the Church.  It is only fitting that we set aside a day to highlight this ministry and invite the entire church community to think about our responsibility to share our faith with others. 

 

How are parents, the primary catechists of their children, recognized on Catechetical Sunday? 

Parents are truly the primary catechists of their children.  They prepare the soil and plant the first seeds of faith. On Catechetical Sunday, we not only highlight the work of catechists in parishes and schools, but we also commend parents and guardians and encourage them to take seriously their role of making their Catholic households a place where faith is passed on to the next generation.  This is why the rite of blessing of catechists used on Catechetical Sunday includes an optional blessing of parents and guardians. 


 

 

 

Human Concerns Committee Fall/Winter Clothing and Blanket Drive

 

St. Kilian's Human Concerns Committee is collecting clothing and blankets that can be distributed to the guests of The House of Peace and St. Ben's Community Meal.  Please bring these new and/or gently used items that are clean and in a sealed bag(s) to the collection containers in the Gathering Space.  Collection dates are September 4 & 5, 11 & 12, and 18 & 19.

Our drive focuses on providing clothing and blankets for men (larger sizes), but anything gently used and new will be accepted!

Items such as gently used or new winter coats/jackets, warm sweatshirts, sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves, as well as blankets, quilts, and sleeping bags are being looked for, as well as new, still in the package; underwear and socks for men, women, and children.

If you have any questions, please contact Gail Filzen at 262-397-8307 or Mary Murphy at 262-673-9486.


 

 

Thank You!!

A BIG thank you to Mary Semler and the family of Myrna Troncoso for sharing beautiful cut flowers with our parish this past weekend.

 

Share the Beauty!

Do you have beautiful flowers growing at your home that you would be willing to share with your parish family?  St. Kilian is asking parishioners to sign up to bring fresh cut flowers for the altar in our church.  Email Dennis at dre@stkiliancong.org or call 262-673-4831 ext. 7406.  You can drop the flowers off any time before 4:00 PM on Fridays to the parish office.  The parish has some vases available, so if you let us know before dropping off, we can have one ready for you, or bring the flowers already in a vase.  We are asking for only fresh flowers, and please, no potted plants.


 

Seeking RCIA Team volunteers! 

Each year many people enter the Catholic Faith through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, consciously seeking the living God by journeying through inquiry into the faith, the catechumenate, purifying and enlightening their minds in anticipation of the Sacraments.

We are looking for adult volunteers who are interested in helping with the formation process for those interested in entering full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.  The team represents the parish community—the body of Christ.  The RCIA team members support those participating in the RCIA process.  At the RCIA sessions they assist by providing hospitality, distributing materials, possibly leading small group discussions, or being a Sponsor.  Team members can also take turns leading the discussions, called Breaking Open the Word, in place of the Liturgy of the Eucharist during the periods of the Catechumenate and Purification and Enlightenment. 
 
Please consider sharing your time and your faith with those who are knocking at our door and asking to join our Catholic family.  This is both a powerful and prayerful ministry that is at the core of the Church's mandate to “Go... and make disciples...” [Mt 28:19-20].  Your own faith-life will be renewed and greatly enriched!  Please keep all those involved in the RCIA process in your prayers. 

There is no Job Description, just an open heart and an openness to work together and provide support to those going through RCIA.
 
For more information, contact Maureen Mitchell at renee.mitchellxx37@gmail.com, or Dennis Vlasak at 262-673-4831, ext. 7406 or dre@stkiliancong.org.


 

 

Live-stream Dream Team!

Looking for a way to serve others AND learn valuable tech skills?  Are you good with technology, interested in all thing tech?  Join the Lives-tream Dream Team and learn how, or use your current tech skills to live-stream the Mass for the parish!  This is a budding ministry that means so much to those unable to attend Mass in person.  This opportunity is open to people of all age groups – including High School students!  We are currently using one Apple iPhone, but are looking to include more cameras and using an app to mix the video and audio for a more professional look and sound.  You will be trained, and a schedule will be set up according to your availability.  We’d love to hear from you!  Contact Dennis at dre@stkiliancong.org to learn more.


 

 

Our St. John and St. Kilian communities continue to monitor and consider the updated CDC and Archdiocesan COVID guidelines, slowly implementing them as appropriate.

With this in mind, we have determined our parishes are ready to move forward.  Starting Monday, July 19th, at St. Kilian, the barriers between the pews will be removed in the areas where masks are optional.  In the masks required area, we will continue with social distancing.  We will monitor the use of the space, which will determine our next steps.

Hand sanitizer will be available upon entering Church and for use before receiving the Eucharist.  At St. Kilian baskets are on the tables for your donations.

We appreciate your understanding as we continue to take care of our neighbors, ensuring that everyone feels safe and comfortable.


 

DON'T FORGET, SCRIP IS STILL AVAILABLE!

 

Scrip is available for purchase of in-stock cards & certificates in the St. Joseph Room just off the Gathering Space on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.  Scrip is also available after weekend Masses in the Gathering Space.

Scrip orders with payment can be placed for items that aren't kept in stock.  We place orders with Great Lakes Scrip every Monday.  Placing of standing orders has also resumed.

In stock Scrip can also be purchased in the parish office during regular office hours!

Scrip is available to be ordered on ScripNow, eGift cards, or reloaded on your registered Scrip cards via your computer or on your mobile device with ScripWallet.  These options all include your rebate being credited to your account! 

Go to www. shopwithscrip.com and log into your account using the Sign In tab.  If you don't have an account and would like to set up an account, please contact Linda at 262-397-7315 to get the enrollment code or if you have any questions or need assistance.  Scrip rebates can go toward St. Kilian School or RE fees - just set it up with Linda!


 

CHECK US OUT ON FACEBOOK!

Did you know St. Kilian has a Facebook page?  If not, head over to our page by clicking here or on the Facebook Logo below!  Stay up to date with activities at the Parish and the School!


 

Mark your calendars for the virtual St. Joseph Summit, scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 3.

 

You may register for this virtual Summit by clicking here to be taken to their registration page.

 

Are you looking for greater hope in these most challenging of times?
- Do you wish to discover the spiritual riches of Saint Joseph’s powerful influence in your life?

- Do you want greater protection against evil?
- Do you want to learn how to foster a better devotion to Saint Joseph?

OUR SPIRITUAL FATHER 2021 will help you develop a greater devotion to Saint Joseph and learn how to protect yourself, your marriage and your family against evil.

 

5 Reasons to Attend...

 

We Promise a Unique Experience.  There’s A LOT of noise and online offerings competing for your attention.  We have gone to great lengths to make sure the presentations and workshops are thematically coherent, are of the highest quality, are authentically Catholic, and are delivered to you in a simple, user-friendly way.

Free Top-Tier Content.  40+ of the most trusted and inspirational Catholic presenters in the Church today will be sharing teaching and personal witness about Our Spiritual Father, Saint Joseph during this historic Year of Saint Joseph.

You Need This.  Especially with COVID lockdowns and restrictions still in place for many, it is vital that you stay connected to and recharged by your Catholic faith.  A record number of people are experiencing hardships, anxiety, as well as emotional, spiritual and vocational struggles.  The family is under attack like never before and Saint Joseph is the go-to intercessor for all the things that come against the family and the Church.  Once you experience this summit, you will be renewed in your friendship with one of the Church’s most formidable saints, Saint Joseph!

The All Access Passport.  The passport includes lifetime access to all 40+ presentations, the LIVE Expert Panel Q&A sessions, plus Bonuses... all for only $49.99.  

Support Catholic Ministries.  100% of the summit proceeds go directly to supporting the presenters, ministries, and Catholic organizations during this difficult time.

 

Divine Intimacy, Transformation of Heart, Zeal for Holiness.

Join the biggest ever gathering of Catholics in the Year of Saint Joseph!


 

2021 Catholic Stewardship Appeal

The Catholic Stewardship Appeal offers a unique opportunity to support Catholic life throughout the ten-county Archdiocese of Milwaukee with a single gift—a gift that helps sustain a broad spectrum of life-changing ministries and programs that meaningfully impact people’s lives.

The Catholic Stewardship Appeal reminds us that if we come together as people of God, we can accomplish far more than any one of us could on our own. We want the Church to be strong, vital, and serve the faithful through the sacraments and ministry. We need to serve the poor and comfort those who are suffering. We celebrate a Church that is diverse, welcoming, inclusive, spiritual, and joyful.         

We at St. Kilian are a generous giving community. We faithfully contribute to meet the needs of our own parish, but also give to serve the greater Church through our support of the Catholic Stewardship Appeal.

Each year we are asked to ensure that the Church not only sustains, but also grows ministries that will strengthen and expand its support to:

  • parishes, Catholic schools, and religious education programs
  • Catholic Charities
  • formation of priests and deacons, and parish lay leaders
  • among many other efforts

Click here to see the 2021 Catholic Stewardship Appeal Video, Rise Above

 

Visit the Catholic Stewardship Appeal website

 

Contributions to the annual $8.1 million Catholic Stewardship Appeal are restricted for use in four key areas of ministry:

  • Serving Those in Need
  • Strengthening Parish Ministries and Promoting Evangelization
  • Supporting Catholic Schools and Parish Religious Education
  • Forming Priests, Deacons and Fostering Parish Leadership

Each area includes distinct and essential services that form an important part of what the Church in southeastern Wisconsin does to serve God.  Gifts to the 2021 Appeal are used solely to support these ministries and shall be kept separate from other assets of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

A total of $8.1 million for the 2021 Catholic Stewardship Appeal is the amount needed to conduct the Appeal and fund the various ministries described above.  If more than that amount is raised, the excess will be used for one or more of the ministries described to provide expanded services. If the goal is not, some ministries described will be funded at lower levels or may have to be suspended.


 

Celebrating 50 Years Catholic Campaign For Human Development

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)—that’s 50 years supporting initiatives that empower families, immigrants, new mothers, the elderly, and those in need. Through CCHD’s work across the U.S., they’ve also empowered individuals to become active participants in their communities by partnering with other local organizations.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, working to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ "... to bring good news to the poor ...  release to captives ...  sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free." (Luke 4:18)

At the parish level, we are active in the work of the CCHD.  The Pastoral Council directs the Human Concerns Committee to discern and respond to the needs of persons in the parish, the wider community, and the world, by identifying resources to meet their needs and enlisting the active cooperation and participation of parishioners.  The committee members collaborate with the pastor, staff, and other organizations and agencies in service, advocacy, justice education, and empowerment of people.  Some of the Human Concerns Committee’s activities include sponsoring a child (Jaro) in a third world country, Pack-A-Lunch project, Souper Sunday, Baby Shower for Seed of Hope, Lenten Rice Bowls, and many more.

The current chairperson of Human Concerns is Mary Murphy.  If you are interested in receiving more information on the Committee’s activities, or are interested in joining the Committee, please contact the Parish Office at 262-673-4831 ext. 7403, or parishoffice@stkiliancong.org, and your information will be passed on to Mary.


 

 

Here is the full text of Pope Francis' Encyclical FRATELLI TUTTI ON FRATERNITY AND SOCIAL FRIENDSHIP released on October 3, 2020.

 

Fratelli Tutti Explained - Catholism in Focus- Breaking in the Habit - Pope Francis' new encyclical "Fratelli Tutti" is a tour de force of Catholic Social Teaching for our world in 2020. He calls us to be brothers and sisters to all, overcoming differences as we encounter the "other." Here's a brief overview of the document.


 

Why Ordinary Time? - Fr. Brice Higginbotham - Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux - Ever wondered what it means to be in the season of Ordinary Time?


 

 


 

 

Struggle Is Necessary - Fr. Mike Schmitz

It may sound counterintuitive, but choosing the harder path may make our life easier. Here’s why:

When caterpillars go into their cocoons for hibernation, they struggle against the barrier of the cocoon for months on end, trying to get out. It’s only when their wings have developed and they’re strong enough to fly that they are able to break free and escape. If a caterpillar were to somehow get set free from its cocoon before it was strong enough to escape on its own, it wouldn’t be able to fly, and would eventually die.

The same is true in a way for us. When we face struggles in life, they have great potential to make us stronger. Not only do hard things make us stronger, but they prepare us more for harder temptations, trials, and suffering in the future. In a way, we are made more able to handle future struggles because of the little hard choices we make daily.

Some struggles are greater than others, and maybe there are some things that you are constantly trying to avoid because they are so hard for you to do. But nevertheless, these are the struggles that you are faced with. These are the things God wants to make you stronger through. Because he knows what you need to continue on your path, and he knows that these struggles are not only going to make you stronger but will intensify the victories he has prepared for you. There are some things that come from struggle that are so much more glorious than a scare-free life, and the Lord is ready to show you what triumphs he has in store for you.

 

If You Think This Year Was Supposed to Be Different - Fr. Mike Schmitz

We might have had different plans for this year, but were they really supposed to happen?

We all wonder whether we’re actually following God’s will for us, but the reality is that, unless we are directly going against the Lord in some way, we are doing his will by just living our life. Wherever this year has taken us, whatever it has us doing, is exactly where God wants us to be. This is one of the joys of being a faithful Christian: as long as we are following the laws of the Lord, we can never be outside his will.

This is true even today, as everything we thought we knew about this year was turned on its head. We may have had radically different plans and expectations for where we’d be now, or what we’d be doing, but it wasn’t the will of God. God has us exactly where he wants us, and as long as we remain faithful to him, we’ll follow the path that he’s paved for our lives.

So, what if we’re not following the Lord? This is what the call of repentance is all about: if we’re not following the Lord, then we get to change the course of our lives and turn toward him through confession and penance. And you know when a perfect time for this is? Christmas!

Because of Christmas, our lives don’t have to be a lost cause or a dead end. Because God gave his only begotten son to us, we can turn our lives around and aim them at the light of Christ. It’s through the incarnation that eternal life with God became a possibility and that repentance was born. Because Christ came to earth, we can use our lives to follow the will of God, even after steering off course. We now have a future, through the power of our Father’s love.


 

 

From Archbishop Listecki - "Sunday: A Joyful Obligation"

In this new video, Archbishop Listecki reflects on the expiration of the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, which ended on September 14, 2020.


 

 

See you at Mass video  See You at Mass is an invitation from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to return to Mass in person. This video compilation is the first of 11 personal testimonies and interviews on the joys and necessities of attending Mass. See you at Mass!

See You at Mass: Fr. Javier Bustos (November 12, 2020) - "We become one family, sons and daughters of the same God, when we share one bread — and hopefully soon, one cup." Fr. Javier Bustos (Our Lady Queen of Peace, Milwaukee) shares with us his personal testimony on the joys and necessities of attending Mass. “See You at Mass” is an invitation from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to return to Mass. #seeyouatMas

See You at Mass: Fr. Aaron Laskiewicz (November 5, 2020) - "The most important thing we'll ever do in life is attend Mass." Fr. Aaron Laskiewicz (St. Dominic Catholic Parish, Brookfield) shares with us his personal testimony on the joys and necessities of attending Mass. “See You at Mass” is an invitation from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to return to Mass.  #seeyouatMass

See You at Mass: Fr. Ricardo Martín (October 29, 2020) - "We receive the Real Presence of Christ so that we can become the Real Presence of Christ for others." Fr. Ricardo Martín (Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Racine) shares with us his personal testimony on the joys and necessities of attending Mass.  #seeyouatMass

See You at Mass: Mary Tretow (October 22, 2020) - "Each week, we are given 168 hours. To go to Mass on Sunday is one hour — just one hour. It is a gift that I give myself each week." Mary Tretow (St. Mary's Visitation, Elm Grove, and principal at St. Mary's Visitation School) shares with us her personal testimony on the joys and necessities of attending Mass.  #seeyouatMass

See You at Mass: Henry and Peggy Bowles (October 15, 2020) "The importance of Sunday Mass — it's really the beginning of our week, and we want to start it the proper way — where we give Jesus what He deserves, give Him our all." Henry and Peggy Bowles (St. Martin de Porres - Milwaukee) share with us their personal testimonies on the joys and necessities of attending Mass. See You at Mass is an invitation from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to return to Mass.  #seeyouatMass

See You at Mass: Mary and Bruce Words (October 1, 2020) - "When I miss Mass, I don't feel right. I really need to be there to worship God—and, there is no better place to do that than to be at Mass." Mary and Bruce Words (St. Martin de Porres, Milwaukee) share with us their personal testimony on the joys and necessities of attending Mass. See You at Mass is an invitation from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to return to Mass and is a part of a video series. #seeyouatMass

See You at Mass: Fr. John Baumgardner (September 24, 2020) - “In just one hour, every Sunday for Mass, amazing things happen, and it can really transform the rest of your week.”  Fr. John Baumgardner (Old St. Mary, Milwaukee) shares with us his personal testimony on the joys and necessities of attending Mass. See You at Mass is an invitation from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to return to Mass and is a part of a video series. 

See You at Mass: Olivia O’Keefe (September 17, 2020)  - "As a family, going to Mass is the source of our strength." Parishioner Olivia O’Keefe (Holy Name of Jesus, Sheboygan) shares with us her personal testimony on the joys and necessities of attending Mass. See You at Mass is an invitation from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to return to Mass and is a part of a video series. See You at Mass!


 

Congratulations to those Ordained to the Priesthood on Saturday, May 16th!  Including St. Kilian's Justin Weber.  Fr. Justin grew up in Hartford with his parents Ron, Jr. and Kris.  He attended St. Kilian School and our High School RE Program.

Because their ordination could not be open to all, it was live-streamed at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 16. Please pray for Fr. Justin Weber, Fr. Patrick Magnor, Fr. Carlos Londono and Fr. Edward Sanchez after their reception of Holy Orders.

 

The recording of the LIVE-STREAM is available at www.youtube.com and search for SJCathedralMKE.  Or, click here.