Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Milwaukee-40 Days For Life Eucharistic Procession with Bishop Donald Hying, Pro-life Wisconsin and Roses For Our Lady

On Sunday November 16th, Pro-Life Wisconsin's State Director-Elect Dan Miller, Bishop Donald Hying of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Roses For Our Lady President Anne Bender, led a Eucharistic Procession beginning in front of the Affiliated Medical Services building on Milwaukee's Eastside. The procession concluded with Benediction inside the Womens Care Center directly across the street.

The event was a fitting way to end the fall season of the Milwaukee 40 Days for Life campaign as we began by praying outside of a place of death and despair in the abortion mill, and finished inside a peaceful sanctuary of life and hope in the Womens Care Center.

 As we enter into these coming winter months, please keep all women in your prayers who are faced with the difficult situation of an unplanned pregnancy, that they may choose to give their children life and convince others to do the same. It is extremely encouraging to see so many people, young people included, supporting the pro-life cause and feeling compelled to share information with anyone who will listen. Your courage and strength is so inspiring! Keep up the great work!

 Please take a moment to watch this video, share it with your family and friends and continue to spread the Gospel of Life with all you come in contact with.

Brewing The Faith With Riverwest Food Pantry's Vincent Noth & Sam Vosters

There are so many new and exciting opportunities to grow in faith and in community in Milwaukee and this Thursday is no different! Please join me for this wonderful event that features two of my friends who give so much of their time to serve the needs of others. 

When: Thursday, November 20th at 7:00pm

Where: St Francis Brewery- 3825 South Kinnickinnic Avenue, St Francis, WI 

Via: Emily Burds

Come & join young adults in their 20's & 30's for an evening of prayer, fellowship & relevant discussion on how to live your faith in the 21st century! 

This month Sam Vosters and Vincent Noth of the Riverwest Food Pantry will be joining us to share their message entitled "Feed the Hungry and Proclaim the Gospel."

7:00pm II Fellowship (free beer)
7:30pm II Message & Discussion
8:30pm II Communal Prayer

Vincent Noth and Samantha Vosters run the Riverwest Food Pantry in Milwaukee's northside. 

Vincent has worked in urban service and the nonprofit sector since 1999. In 2013 Vincent was hired to launch the Riverwest Food Pantry as a non-profit.Vincent and his wife Jessica have lived in Riverwest since 2001.

Samantha began volunteering at the food pantry in the summer of 2013 and moved to the neighborhood shortly after. She recently started working for the food pantry full time.

Both enjoy living and working in their neighborhood and in their parish Our Lady of Divine Providence.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

You Were Made For So Much More: What Jury Duty in Milwaukee can teach you.


This week I had a crazy and unique experience. It was called Jury Duty... And it was scary. Not only was it scary in the fact that I had to walk through metal detectors, sit in a small auditorium with complete strangers, follow huge tattooed sheriffs down grimy hallways, stand up and talk about myself before judges, counselors, defendants, galleries and media, and listen to gruesome crimes even though I wasn't picked for a case. It was also scary knowing that I am no longer a little kid and have, for a few years now, caught a glimpse of the real world. Scary, sometimes, isn't it?

                                               (Milwaukee County Courthouse- www.flickriver.com)

I was so saddened by what I saw on my half day of jury duty. I was a one of 40 potential jurors selected for one young man's trial. This young man, who was on trial for possessing 17 counts of pornography portraying a minor, was clean cut, well dressed and well versed. He looked to have so much potential in life. He really could have made something of himself, but he couldn't get past the bad decisions he made, and now having been found guilty, will need to pay the price.

Everything has a consequence. You really have to be on your game all the time with everything you do. There is always someone watching. The idea of jury duty had me thinking about my relationship with God, because I sometimes get caught in my own weakness and fail to do what He calls me to do.

This post is my prayer for the all the young adults in the city of Milwaukee. Choosing friends wisely is beneficial. Getting your education is essential. Setting goals for yourself gives you the opportunity to meet your life potential. Don't sell yourself short and waste the talents that God has given you and disappoint your parents who raised you.

Everything has consequences in this life and the next. Build each other up. Bring people closer together. Help them to understand God's love and mercy for their lives. Make it your goal to sit with our Father in Heaven. Don't underestimate the good that you can do with your life because you were made for so much more.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

1st Saturday Cooking Demos at the Riverwest Food Pantry with Chef Paul Bender

Helping the less fortunate can come in many different forms. Using your time and talents to offer others assistance and a sense of self-worth at the same time is very beautiful and generous. Chef Paul Bender, a local corporate chef hailing from West Allis, Wisconsin, who is also my Dad, does exactly that. Despite working two jobs, Chef Paul has been spending the first Saturday of every month for six months, donating his energy and passion for food by holding food demonstrations at the Riverwest Food Pantry at St. Casimir Church in Milwaukee, showcasing healthy and unique spins on many of the foods available at the pantry.

In past demonstrations, Chef Paul has displayed vegetarian chili, lettuce wraps, low calorie macaroni and cheese, cucumber radish salad, guacamole, and butternut and spaghetti squash, using ingredients that are available at the food pantry. The Riverwest Food Pantry has found that many clients refuse to take certain foods home because they don't know what to do with it. By demonstrating the wide variety of options with some of these foods, Chef Paul and the food pantry hope to assist clients not only by providing an abundance of tasty food ideas, but also to improve their health with nutritious recipes.

Chef Paul Bender is doing the good work that we are all called to do in the Gospel. We are called to give of ourselves for the benefit of others, using the talents that God has given us to help others and to bring about a deeper relationship with Him through our good example.

If you would like to volunteer your time, talent and your love of people please feel free to assist at the Riverwest Food Pantry located at Our Lady of Divine Providence Parish (St. Casimir Site) on the corner of Bremen and Clarke streets in Milwaukee.

Please feel free to contact Vincent Noth, Coordinator of the Riverwest Food Pantry at 262-518-2009
or visit http://riverwestfoodpantry.org/ for more information on how you can get involved.

Bishop Donald Hying Film Debut on December 8th at the Majestic Theater

Via Imprisoned In My Bones-

Ahava Productions presents it's film debut featuring Bishop Donald Hying, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, on Monday, December 8th, 2014 at the Marcus Majestic Theater in Brookfield, Wisconsin.  Yes, that's Bishop Hying on the BIG SCREEN!

The evening will begin with Mass celebrated by Bishop Hying for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at 5:30 pm followed by the showing at 6:15 pm.  The $5.00 tickets are available for purchase now and will sell fast!  Order soon!  This is an event you won't want to miss!  A ticket is required to attend.

To order your ticket, please visit this link:  

These Ahava Productions Anima films are described as follows:  "...a series of films that help us break through the noise of our everyday life in order to hear the voice of truth and love. Each film in the series guides us on an inward journey of self-reflection and wonder. The short movies feature Auxiliary Bishop Donald Hying as he incorporates the word of God, original music, and the highest level of cinematography."

Following the film debut, these films will be available via download on the Ahava Productions website and should be ready to purchase following the December 8th debut.  The films have been picked up by the largest distributor of Catholic goods and will be on DVD and sold in every Catholic bookstore, Christian bookstore, Barnes and Noble, parishes, etc.