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Archbishop calls for a “New Pentecost” at 2014 Synod

As we continue to reflect on our call to discipleship, we recall that we have models in those who followed the call of Christ and whom we now revere as saints. “Encouraged by so great a cloud of witnesses, we may run as victors in the race before us and win with them the imperishable crown of glory through Christ our Lord" (Roman Missal, Preface of Saints I).

This week our liturgical calendar is replete with such models:

  • Tuesday, St. Martha – close friends with Jesus, providing him with food and issuing her own proclamation of faith, reminds us that we are all called to friendship with Christ.
  • Wednesday, St. Peter Chrysologus (Peter of the Golden Words) – dedicated to teaching Christian truths through his short sermons, reminds us that the search for truth is ongoing, its proclamation, our baptismal call.
  • Thursday, St. Ignatius of Loyola – founded the Jesuits and left us all a wonderful inheritance in a spirituality that calls us to “find God in all things.”
  • Friday, St. Alphonsus Liquori – founded the Redemptorists and his clear preaching and gentle care for penitents, reminds us to seek the grace and healing of that sacrament.

For the many examples of lives, past and present, lived in response to the Gospel:

We thank you, Lord.

For the call to holiness we have all received:

We thank you, Lord.

For the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we prepare to live out our baptismal call in the implementation of the Synod:

We thank you, Lord.

Be attentive this week to those around you who model Gospel discipleship in great and small ways. Thank God for sending them into your life and ask for His guidance in your own deeper response to His call.


Synod videos >>



  • Theology on Tap summer, 2014, Wednesday evenings in July
    A series for young adults in their 20’s & 30's details >>
  • Synod 2014 Archdiocese of Milwaukee link >>
    Written by Archbishop Jerome Listecki, the Synod Prayer >>
  • Booklet of photos and quotes from Pope Francis posted by the Vatican. Very inspirational.
    (Use the double right-arrow at bottom of the Vatican web page to move forward)
  • Continue to follow the activities of our FISH Young Adults 20+ on facebook. Join us! >>
  • Attention Parents/Guardians: Please find youth activity permission forms here >>
  • St. Vincent de Paul of IHM and your West Allis neighbors Need YOU more than ever!  >>
    We open our IHM Food Pantry to those in need.
  • "Year of Faith"/Evangelization/Synod
    For up-to-date news on what is going on in our archdiocese, visit the newly revamped archdiocesan website at www.archmil.org.

  • The Archdiocese of Milwaukee's video series "C4: Ignite Your Faith" with Auxiliary Bishop Donald Hying has new postings every Friday with the previous postings available as well. These real life scenarios draw from the richness of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and show how it is relevant today. Only 2-3 minutes in length, these are "must sees! View videos >>

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  • G.I.F.T. (Generations in Faith Together) is an intergenerational learning process that incorporates a core curriculum for the whole parish community fashioned around the life and events of the Church... details >>


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