|CURRENT CATHOLIC NEWS|
November 18, 2022
2022 Roots and Wings
The 2022 Roots and Wings mailer will be going out soon, so keep an eye out for that! We are asking you to help us continue giving roots and wings to the children of St. Joan of Arc School. Our goal is to raise $50,000 and this is to help out the Home and School commitment to meet our school budget. We are incredibly grateful to the generous donors that have donated to this cause.
Every donor that contributes $250 or more will be remembered and honored on a tree mural in the school. We are asking that donations be in by December 31st.
Checks should be made payable to St. Joan of Arc School, you can also contribute online by clicking HERE.
November 18, 2022
Join us on the Eve of St. Nick!
Please join us on the Eve of St. Nick and hear the story of St. Nicholas, make a craft and even have your picture taken with St. Nick! The event is Monday, December 5th at 6:30 pm. Please come to the West Enterence of the Education Center.
Click HERE to be directed to the Facebook event page!
October 5, 2022
St. Catherine Annual Raffle Kickoff Winners!
The St. Catherine annual raffle kickoff is now over! Thank you so much for the support, we had a great turnout! HERE is the list of winners. Take a look and see if your name is on the list! You can contact the St. Catherine Parish Office to claim your prize.
August 26, 2022
St. Catherine Annual Raffle Kickoff!
St. Catherine of Alexandria raffle tickets are now available! The grand prize is a 2023 Hyundai Elantra or John Deere 1025R Sub-Compact Utility Tractor or $25,000 in cash! Click HERE for more information tickets are available for purchase at the St. Catherine Parish Office or after each weekend Mass. Thank you to our generous sponsors and good luck!
April 17, 2022
St. Joan of Arc Matching Funds Announced
Can we match what God has done for us in Jesus who became human, suffered and died and was raised up to save us? No. It is pure gift. But we can express our gratitude in our sacrificial giving. Our Matching Fund Drive at Easter is a way we can exceed our ordinary giving by matching what others have given first.
Our parishioner Carl Patrinos, who passed away in November at the age of 102, gave us this idea of matching. Carl came to Mass every day that he was able. His heart was full of gratitude for all that God had done for him. Even Carl couldn’t match God’s generosity but he did everything in his power to be faithful in prayer and extraordinarily generous in his giving back. Carl donated the first $30,000 and asked the parish to match it. And we did! In Carl’s memory we challenge you to match the $30,000 which parishioners have given to be matched.
We recently sent your quarterly statement. As we approach the end of our fiscal year, take this opportunity to bring your pledge amount current. Our present short fall is $46,678 as seen in the bulletin. We rely on your generosity to help us pay for the day to day expenses that support our programs and help us carry out the mission of the parish.
Both parishes in our cluster came together and opened their pocket books to fill our Valentine Heart Emergency Roof repair. The roof fund is now at $109,000 which will allow us to replace the roof in the coming months.
Our buildings are starting to show their age. We will focus on these needs in the Archdiocesan Capital campaign “Love One Another.” This effort will support the needs of the larger church and directly respond to our local needs.
Your contributions matter! Let us match the example of Carl Patrinos in our generosity and faith.
Click HERE to make your Matching Funds donation.
Peace be with you!
Fr. Mike and the members of our Financial Council
April 1, 2022
Join us for a Tenebrae service Wednesday of Holy Week April 16, 2022 7:00 PM
St. Catherine of Alexandria, Mapleton WI
Tenebrae, is a prayer service biblical in nature, a prayer of scripture, meditation, and beautiful music. The mood is somber, quiet, and reflective. A distinctive feature of the service is the gradual extinguishing of all the lights and candles in the church, which symbolize the temporary triumph of the prince of darkness over the Light of the World. When the last scripture and meditation has concluded, the church and congregation, now in total darkness, use their hands to drum on the pews, suggesting the earthquake described in the passion narrative’s. As the service ends, the Paschal Candle returns breaking the darkness, symbolizing the Light of Christ triumphs over death, and sin.
February 15, 2022
We need your help! The St. Joan of Arc church roof is leaking in multiple locations and we are raising funds to cover the cost of repairs. Under this roof, we worship God, serve others, and build community. This space is so critical to our parish life, we ask that you consider how YOU can help. Every dollar gets us closer to our goal of a dry and sound church bulding, keep an eye on the progress each week in the bulletin!
Click HERE to make an online donation, or mail a check to St. Joan of Arc with "Roof Fund" on the memo line at:
St. Joan of Arc, 120 Nashotah Rd, Nashotah, WI 53058
Thank you for your generosity!
February 5, 2022
Our Youth Dorothy Day Ministry invites you to Share the Warmth
Blanket and Sock Drive
Please drop off new or gently used blankets and socks to any of the weekend Masses on February 26 and 27!
Our Youth will offer these gifts of warmth to Waukesha Hope Center, Lake Country Caring, the Community Space in Whitewater, and homeless shelters in the greater community.
January 12, 2022
Monthly Food Pantry collections begin again in the month of February! Please bring your non-perishable food, paper goods, and cleaning supplies to Mass the second Sunday of the month.
Thank you for supporting those in need in our community!
January 11, 2022
It is so hard to say good-bye to our dear Fr. Chuck…
For 17 years, Fr. Chuck has served the people of our cluster parishes. We have been abundantly blessed by his presence. His joy, love and deep faith has touched our hearts as he taught us to always “Stick with Jesus”!
Please join us at all the Masses January 29 (5:00 pm at SJOA) and January 30 (8:00 and 10:00) as we express our gratitude for the gift of his priesthood and bless him as he begins a new chapter of ministry at St. Clements Mission Community in Missouri.
Many parishioners and friends have asked how they can honor Fr. Chuck. The suggestion has been made that in lieu of gifts, a monetary donation for Sarnelli House or his new residence, St. Clements Mission Community would be deeply appreciated. Donations can made directly to Fr. Church in his name.
God bless you Fr. Chuck, you will be missed!
December 11, 2021
Join us for Christmas Mass! Mass times for the Nativity of the Lord are below, and if you aren't able to join us in person, our live stream is available for the 9pm Christmas Eve Mass.
Also, please note the schedule for the remainder of Christmas Week and the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.
November 27, 2021
2021 ADVENT GIVING TREE
The Advent Giving Tree is an opportunity to share our many blessings with our brothers and sisters in need. No one should be forgotten at Christmas and our cluster parishes will continue to support other through your generosity.We are requesting gift cards from Walmart or Target in order for the all the residents have a Christmas gift to open. Please contact SVDP if you are aware of someone who needs support this year at 262-443-7856
WE ARE ABLE TO USE OUR SCRIP PROGRAM FOR GIFT CARDS - They are available for purchase after Mass or through the parish offices
IF YOU PREFER ELECTRONIC DONATIONS - you can donate here.
All donations must be received by December 11/12 in time for Christmas.
The Cluster Human Concerns Commission
November 22, 2021
What unfolded at the Christmas Parade in Waukesha last night is heartbreaking. The whole area is shaken and saddened and we continue to pray for those that were affected. Many of us know people that were present during the parade and a number of our brothers and sisters from Waukesha Catholic and Catholic Memorial participated in and attended the parade. All were affected, whether physically or emotionally.
We encourage the community to join in the prayer service The Catholic Community of Waukesha will hold at 6 p.m. Monday at St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The prayer service will be livestreamed on Facebook as well.
November 11, 2021
OUR THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE HAS GONE VIRTUAL!
Our cluster parishes will again respond to our brothers and sisters in need this Thanksgiving. Due to the on-going CoVid concerns the agencies we are working with are asking for gift cards to purchase the food items. We will have gift cards available at each parish through the Scrip program.
St. Catherine of Alexandria: We are supporting the clients of our St. Vincent DePaul Society and Whitewater United Lives (WUL). Who will distribute the gift cards to immigrant families in the area.
St. Joan of Arc: We will continue to support the Franciscan Peacemakers and the House of Peace.
Monetary donations are also welcomed and will be used to purchase the gift cards. Checks should be made out to the appropriate parish. Please note: Thanksgiving Food Drive in the memo portion of your check so that the check may be placed in the collection basket and properly directed towards the Thanksgiving Food Drive. You can also donate online at https://scsjcluster.weshareonline.org/
All cards and monies must turned into the parishes by Monday, November 22.
November 1, 2021
Setup a new recurring online donation for your regular offering and WeShare will match the first donation!
Our online giving vendor WeShare is offering an incentive to setup recurring donations. Just setup a new recurring donation for your regular offering, and WeShare will match that first donation, up to $50. Your recurring transaction must be setup between November 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.
The process is easy:
- Go to https://scsjcluster.weshareonline.org/
- Click on the Make a Donation button under either St. Catherine’s Sunday Offering or St. Joan of Arc’s Sunday Offering.
- Click the Recurring Donation button and enter the amount you would like to donate and the frequency. For example:
$25 to be donated Weekly on Sunday or $100 to be donated Monthly on the 1st
- Choose when you would like these donations to begin and end, or schedule them to occur indefinitely.
- Enter your payment information – either Checking/Savings Direct Withdrawal or Credit/Debit Card.
That’s it! WeShare will then send your parish a check for the amount of your first transaction up to $50! Please contact the Business Office at your parish if you have any questions.
October 1, 2021
Healing Hearts of Waukesha County is offering Fall 2021 peer-to-peer grief support programs for children, teens, young adults and families who are grieving the loss of loved ones due to death, divorce, abandonment, separation, military deployment, incarceration, deportation and other life-altering events. We meet in a confidential setting where trained volunteers guide and support the bereaved. The goals of the program are to build resilience, strengthen families and foster a sense of hope.
All programs are provided at no cost to the participants. To register, go to www.healingheartsofwaukeshaco.org or call 262-751-0874.
August 28, 2021
All parishioners of St. Catherine of Alexandria and St. Joan of Arc are invited to join Fr. Mike for the Vatican II Awards Ceremoney on September 30, 2021 at 7pm. Invitations have been sent in the mail with more information, or you can click HERE for information on the Archdiocese of Milwaukee website.
August 22, 2021
Human Concerns Outreach funds earmarked for Haiti
In light of the devastation caused by a massive eathquake to this impoverished and politically tumultuous country, the Human Concerns Commission has elected for the July and August Outreach funds to be directed to the people of Haiti. Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, the seven million residents (80% of them Cathoilic) live in rural areas in thatched or tin roof homes without running water or electricty. The country was recently devastated by an earthquake, shortly after the sitting government fell. This means infrastructure and services for Hatians are nearly nonexistent.
Our parishes are working with St. Mary, Hales Corners, who participates in a Parish Twinning Program with Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Latiboliere, Haiti. This partnership helps to ensure that funds are directly benefitting the people of Haiti.
For more information, visit St. Mary Hales Corners Haiti Initiative page HERE.
Checks can be sent directly to St. Mary with "Haiti" in the memo:
St. Mary Catholic Faith Community
9520 W. Forest Home Ave
Hales Corners, WI 53130
August 8, 2021
Rev. Michael D. Strachota, shared Pastor of St. Joan of Arc and St. Catherine of Alexandria is awarded the 2021 Vatican II Award in Service to the Priesthood by Archbishop Jerome Listecki
Criteria for receiveing the award:
The recipient must
- have a healthy sense of personal preistly identity and live his vocation joyfully
- show fidelity to the Church's tradition of theology and pastoral service, enthusiastically having accepted the teachings of Vatican Council II
- possess the respect of his peers, while having had a variety of experiences/assignments in the archdiocese
- give evidence of personal dedication to prayer and preaching
Congratulations Fr. Mike! We are so proud to call you our Pastor!