May 28, 2020
Find all videos for the 2020 Virtual Wisconsin Catholic Youth Rally on the Arise Milwaukee Youtube Page.
Josh Blakesley's talk, "Waiting in the Upper Room" can be found here in Part 1: Virtual WCYR
In his talk Josh talks about how strange the time must have been for the disciples while they were waiting in the Upper Room is similar to the strange and unique time we've experienced during the past few months. What prevails no matter the the emotions we experience, is hope in Jesus Christ.
Consider the promise that Jesus shares with the disciples, "if you believe in me, you can do the works I do and works even greater." How will you respond to this promise?
May 19, 2020
On Tuesday, May 12th, we gathered to pray virtually for a special night of Worship with Josh Blakesley and Fr. Aaron Laskiewicz, watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYeawwqkdJc
Fr. Aaron Laskiewicz, reflects on a passage from the Bread of Life Discourse in the 6th chapter of John's Gospel (6:30-35)
30"So they said to him, “What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do? 31 Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:
‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34 So they said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.
Fr. Aaron acknowledges the difficulty of being separated from the Eucharist and encourages us to never lose our hunger or desire for Jesus, reassuring us that we have not been abandoned by Him. Fr. Aaron reminds us that God always wins, that Jesus nourishes us now until we can receive Him sacramentally, and finally, that our desire for Him has not been ignored.
For more reflections and homilies from Fr. Aaron, please visit: https://stdominic.net/gather/mass-recordings/
May 8, 2020
Daily Reading for Wednesday of the 4th Week of Easter: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050620.cfm
Reading 1: ACTS 12:24—13:5A
Responsorial Psalm: 67:2-3, 5, 6 AND 8
Gospel: John 12:44-50
Paul and Barnabas were called, see how the word of God spread with their yes. Do not be afraid to respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Give your yes to the Lord.
After Jesus preached to the leaders in the synagogue, some believed, but they didn't make it public, they did not openly profess faith in Jesus Christ because they preferred human praise to God's glory.
What is our preference and what does our profession of faith look like?
"Every time we make an act of faith, Divine life is poured within us!
April 29, 2020
"Consent to the Cross and through that, allow God to bring His light into the depths of our hearts."
Readings from the Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Easter
http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042220.cfm Acts 5:17-26, Psalm 34, John 3:16-21
Fr. John talks about the symbolism of the Easter vigil of darkness to light and how similarly, Nicodemus goes from the darkness to the light and professes His faith in Christ.
Thoughts for reflection:
Faith is a free gift, pray for the grace of faith.
Faith in Jesus cannot be separated from the Cross.
In time of crisis, it is an opportunity to choose the light instead of the darkness and take up the Cross and follow Him.
April 18, 2020
In Luke's Gospel, the two do not recognize Jesus on the road to Emmaus, are we also looking for Jesus with conditions and do we miss Him and fail to recognize Him in our presence?
Jesus is in our presence and at work right now!
Readings for the Wednesday in the Octave of Easter:
1st Reading: Acts 3:1-10
Psalm 105:1-4, 6-9
Gospel: Luke 24:13-35
April 1, 2020
How can we use these final days of Lent to be conformed to Christ and seek what He desires for each of us?
Let's revisit the Scriptures and this homily from Ash Wednesday to help us pick up our Cross and follow Jesus more fervently during these final days of the Lenten season.
It's already a Lent we will never forget, let's use what's left of this season to draw closer to Christ and change the trajectory of our lives! We do this not out of fear of the unknown, but because we've become more convinced and certain of the reality that Jesus died for our sins and has defeated death so that we may live with Him forever.
Collect: "Grant O Lord that we may begin with holy fasting, this campaign of Christian service so that s we take up battle against spiritual evils we may be armed with weapons of self restraint."
1st Reading: Joel 2:12-18
Psalm 51:3-6, 12-14, 17
2nd Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2
Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
March 26, 2020
*We apologize for the sound quality, however due to current public mass guidelines, this was the most effective way that we could record the homily*
On the day that public masses were suspended in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Fr. John Burns gave this homily about St. Joseph and the significance of Archbishop Listecki's Eucharistic Procession to bless and offer prayers of protection for all of the faithful.
Read about the significance of March 18th in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee:
Archbishop Jerome Listecki along with Fr. John Burns and Fr. Cliff Ermatinger visited each district of the Archdiocese to bless, offer prayers of protection and consecration to St. Joseph.
"A fallen man who was strong by grace in the face of temptation and under that beautiful mantle, unfolded our entire salvation. This is why we need Joseph, you are I are fallen men and women, we're not perfect like Mary and Jesus. The demon has touched our flesh and he knows his way in -Joseph terrified him for that very reason. We turn to Joseph as refuge, a friend, and as the patron of the Universal Church."
St. Joseph, terror of demons, pray for us!
5:35 - Archbishop Listecki consecrated the local Church and all her members to the patronage and care of St. Joseph.
7:30 - This region of Wisconsin has been claimed by Joseph through the prayers of our shepherd.
8:05 - On fear
9:30- Do not give up hope
10:40 - Now is the time for St. Joseph!
March 17, 2020
Hours after the decision to postpone the 2020 Wisconsin Catholic Youth Rally, our team of staff and volunteers had the opportunity to attend daily mass with Fr. Enrique Hernandez presiding.
Fr. Enrique encouraged and reminded our team that worked tirelessly for the months leading up to last weekend, that no work is wasted when done for the Glory of the Lord. He also encouraged that during this time of unknowns, to remember: "Faith in Christ is the cure for all, when our faith is there, there is nothing we should fear."
Following mass our team gathered for Eucharistic adoration which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENsflxHqoFE
March 6, 2020
During the afternoon session of the 2019 Wisconsin Catholic Youth Rally, Nic Frank shares about what it means to be United to Christ.