Adult faith formation allows us to actively learn and live Jesus’ call. This includes bible study groups, but so much more…it involves creating opportunities to meet people where they are in their relationship with Christ so we can grow as disciples. The US Catholic Bishops remind us: God's call to holiness, our faith and life as adult disciples are grounded in developing a personal relationship with Jesus and we learn and live our faith as active members of the Church. Prayerfully consider growing your relationship with Jesus. For more information contact Kym Leibham - firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding Coordinator is Lori Woelfel - email@example.com
Advent by Candlelight
God With Me: How God has revealed Himself to me and how He's doing the same for you. Speaker Olivia O’Keefe.
Tuesday, December 5, 6–8pm, St. Dominic PAC
Contact Kym to host a table or attend as an individual.
Where are You Sending Me?
"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?' Here I am,' I said;
'send me!'" Isaiah 6:8
Date Friday, January 5, 2024
Saturday, January 6, 2024
Friday Blessed Trinity Church, Sheboygan Falls.
- 5:30 p.m. Adoration (optional)
- 6:30 p.m. Mass
- 7:15 p.m. Hearing the voice of Baby Jesus Featuring Reverend Michael Lawinger
- 8:30 p.m. Social time and dessert
Saturday, January 6 Lakeland University, Plymouth
- 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Continental breakfast
- 9:30 a.m. How To Hear The Lord’s Voice: Does God Have A Mission For Me? Featuring Gina Loehr
- 11 a.m. Small group #1
- Noon - 1:45 p.m. Lunch & sacred solitude time
-Contemplation and prayer
- 2 p.m. Small Group #2
- 3:15 p.m. Small Group #3
- 4:30 p.m. Closing
Cost $35 per person early bird price (both days)
$45 per person after December 23 (both days)
$35 per person for just Saturday
$10 per person for just Friday
Register online here
Pay via check or cash at any Sheboygan County Parish office.
Hearing the voice of Baby Jesus Featuring Reverend Michael Lawinger
God speaks to us in many ways, so it's especially good in this Christmas season to reflect on the
incarnation and the special way that Jesus speaks to us as a baby. In our world filled with noise and
distractions time spent in prayer with the baby Jesus can give us what we really need, His peace!
Fr. Lawinger entered Seminary right out of high school, studying at St. Joseph's
College Seminary at Loyola University Chicago, where he earned degrees in philosophy and history. After
graduating in 2017 he continued his studies at St. Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee. He was
ordained a priest in May of 2021, and is currently serving as the Associate Pastor of Christ King and St.
Bernard's parishes in Wauwatosa.
How To Hear the Lord’s Voice: Does God Have a Mission for Me? Featuring Gina Loehr
We hear the Church’s call to evangelize, but isn’t that for Apostles, missionaries, or canonized saints?
How can we share the Gospel in our standard, everyday lives - right here in Sheboygan County? The
truth is that God has a mission for you. He sent his Son, Jesus, to help you discover and embrace that
mission. He tells us, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” When we learn to know and heed his voice,
we get a roadmap to our own personal missionary journey.
Gina is the mother of six children and the author of five books on Catholic spirituality
including, The Church is Our Mother: Seven Ways She Inspires us to Love. She holds a master’s degree in
theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and an undergraduate degree in theatre studies.
Gina has worked in youth ministry, pro-life outreach, and taught at both the high school and university
levels. A speaker and writer who contributes regularly to Magnificat and HearthandField.com, Gina is
also a certified spiritual director and has been homeschooling various combinations of her children for
the past eleven years. She lives on a century dairy farm in Fond du Lac County with her husband, Joe.
Small Group Descriptions
Participants will select three small groups to attend.
Prayer: Connecting with the Present… In Loving Presence Hosted by Laura Hancock
There is no better way to explore the theme of this retreat, “Where are You Sending Me?” than by
discovering one’s present location as always being held within the loving gaze of God. In this session,
we’ll connect the wisdom of some of our faith tradition’s favorite writers on contemplative life with our
lived experience of prayer. Please join us as we grow together through conversation and a period of
Laura is the founder and spiritual care provider of Soulcare MKE, a spiritual care practice
specializing in monthly spiritual direction, the facilitation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of
Loyola, and the offering of retreats and workshops on a variety of topics. She facilitates Urban Plunge
immersion programs through Casa Romero Jesuit Renewal Center and is on the leadership team of
Ignatian Volunteer Corps. Laura’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in music
education, master’s degrees in the Cultural Foundations of Education and Lay Ministry, as well as
formation from Loyola University and credentialing from the Midwest Province of Jesuits to serve as a
spiritual director. Laura was recognized as a Vatican II Award recipient for her commitment to interfaith
relationships. She originally hails from New York and lives with her family in Milwaukee’s Harambee
Healing Beyond Circumstance: The Path to Healing, Wholeness and Holiness
Hosted by Christine Immel
This workshop will explore all that the Catholic Faith has to offer on our journey to heal. Together, we
will discover the enormous power of the Sacramental Life, deepen our identity in Christ, proclaim the
Truth, and open ourselves up to the transformative power of the Holy Spirit. Participants will leave with
some practical tools that will help them develop (or enhance) their spiritual practices and devotions.
Our path to wholeness will be affirmed and supported by one another.
Christine serves as the Co-Director of Christian Formation at the Sheboygan South
Catholic Parishes. Her passion for healing ministry comes from her own personal experience with
chronic illness and disability and is sustained by the desire to resurrect an essential Gospel message we
often overlook: All healing is the result of Divine Union. To support her efforts, she received a
certificate in Lay Ministry from the St. Clare Center for Catholic Life at Cardinal Stritch University and set
out to spread the message of awakening to Divine Union in the Eucharist. Christine is currently in
formation to become a Secular Franciscan with the St. Francis of Assisi Fraternity in Milwaukee, WI and
is developing a platform to share her story and to re-awaken the faithful to the healing message of
Where Are You Sending Me? Listening For the Voice Of God Hosted by Monica Meagher, MDiv.
In the midst of our busy lives with all of our struggles, questions, and decisions, how do we hear the
voice of God? How do we open to the help and guidance that God so freely gives? In this workshop we
will explore the art and skill of spiritual discernment – simple yet profound ways to listen for God’s
direction in our lives. The help of God is always at hand. The guidance of God never fails.
“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe!
Plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you.
When you seek me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with
you, says the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:11-14
Monica is a certified spiritual director with over 30 years of experience.
Professionally, she has been an educator, a parish minister, and a spiritual director at Marquette
University. Currently she is the director of the Milwaukee Ignatian Volunteer Corps which brings
together spirituality and social justice. Monica’s foundations are in the Catholic Christian tradition and
especially Ignatian spirituality. She is certified to lead people through the Spiritual Exercises of St.
Ignatius and considers this to be a primary call and focus.
Pietra Fitness Exercise Class Hosted by Sherry Winkel
What is Pietra Fitness? It is a stretching and strengthening exercise class that integrates Christian prayer
into the workout. It is a wellness program for those who seek full integration of mind, body, and soul.
Stretch and strengthen the body in combination with Christian prayer and meditation based on Catholic
spirituality. Pietra Fitness means “rock” in Italian. Foundations built on rock are the strongest, and Pietra
Fitness is designed to provide a strong foundation for the whole person. Come and experience a Pietra
Fitness workout with Sherry.
Sherry is a recently retired licensed massage therapist. She is married to her husband Dave for 43 years,
has 3 grown children, and 4 beautiful grandchildren. Sherry enjoys gardening, both vegetable and floral,
along with staying active, including hiking, biking, camping, and travel. Sherry was introduced to Pietra
Fitness about 5 years ago. The Holy Spirit led her to take the course to certify teaching gentle, intermediate,
and advanced classes. Sherry teaches classes on Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings in Kiel at
SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church site. Pietrafitness.com.
Note, participants must sign a waiver and bring an exercise mat, large towel (optional), water bottle,
and dress in layers.
Building Your Domestic Church: Practical Tips for Cultivating Faith In Children & Grandchildren
Hosted by Grace Mazza Urbanski
This workshop will feel like a fun mini retreat, offering time to laugh, hear stories, and reflect on how
Jesus pays close attention to us every minute of the day. Parents & grandparents will leave feeling
inspired and equipped to share faith and prayer with their families.
Grace Mazza Urbanski serves as principal of Christ King Parish School in Milwaukee, WI
She has taught in the English departments at Marquette University and Brookfield Academy and
developed a national children's ministry with the Apostleship of Prayer, a work of the Society of Jesus.
She is delighted that her role as principal of a Catholic elementary school allows her to combine two
great passions: academic discovery and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Grace and her husband
David have five children who helped inspire her book Pray with Me: Seven Simple Ways to Pray with
Your Children (Ave Maria Press, 2015).
Life Transitions Hosted by Carla Schommer
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.” - Proverbs 3:5-6
Making a change in life isn’t always easy, nor is it something you may be seeking. Whether you’re leaving your job, making a significant change in any area of your life, or encountering the transitions of life we as women encounter with our bodies, our families, and our faith, it can be daunting to face the unknown. Through my own personal journey, I’ve come to understand that any transition we make, planned or not, is an opportunity for a deeper connection with God. He can and does use every experience to bring about good in our lives, and his greatest desire is for relationships with us. He knows our hearts better than we do, and we can be assured that He will provide wisdom when we need it most.
Carla’s personal journey is rich with transitions, some joyful, some difficult, some incredibly painful, and somewhere she felt abandoned and alone. Married 35 years, mother of 2, and she is a survivor of an abusive marriage and rebuilding her life as a single parent in my 20's. She has experienced miscarriage of her own and walked with her daughter through hers. She was the primary caregiver for her parents through their aging and end-of-life journeys that included Alzheimer’s, heart attacks, strokes, and kidney failure. Through it all, God used every one of these experiences in ways she never imagined. Three college degrees, and three significant career changes in senior leadership positions, she is currently a Catholic Board-Certified Chaplain with a focus in critical care, elder-care, end-of-life and hospice, and work with the Felician Sisters of North America as a Vice-President of Mission. She has been involved in Eucharistic Ministry, Parish Council, and RCIA ministry and has served as a Teen Mentor and Career Advisor for Adults in Transition.
The company of God is ever-present, extending an inviting hand to you. We encourage you to embrace this divine invitation, dedicating an extra hour with our Lord each week. We ask that you prayerfully consider His call to participate in Adoration, Reconciliation, or an additional Mass weekly as you nurture your love with Christ.
Adoration Across the County
- Sunday: 1:30-3:30 pm 2nd Sunday, St. Nicholas, Dacada, (Random Lake) (seasonal, closed for winter Dec.-March)
- Monday: 2-5:30 pm 1stMonday, St. Rose Fredona
- Tuesday: 12 pm, St. Clement, Sheboygan
- Wednesdays: after 8 am Mass (8:30-9:30 am ish), St. Thomas Aquinas, Elkhart Lake & 3-5 pm St. John the Baptist, Plymouth
- Thursdays: 8-9 am before Mass, Blessed Trinity, Sheboygan Falls & 6 am– 9 pm St. John the Evangelist, Kohler
- Saturday: 8:30 - 9:30 am 1st Saturday, SS. Cyril and Methodius from, immediately following the 8 am Mass.
See Mass Schedule on Website for Weekday & Weekend Masses.
What is Emmaus 90? It is 90 days to invite Jesus to draw near, unpack the Scriptures, reveal himself in the Eucharist, and inspire us to go out on mission to others.
EMMAUS 90 IS A TIME TO...
...climb with Christ toward holiness
...band together with fellow pilgrims, not go it alone
...go from giving something to giving everything
Emmaus 90 is a small group encounter. Find a “Pilgrim Group” of 2-3 friends, family, or fellow parishioners to journey through Emmaus 90 with you. Here are some ideas for connecting with a group:
- Ask God to help you think of who in your life you would like to encourage to grow in their faith OR who would encourage you to grow in your faith. Ask God to open the door for you to have a conversation with and invite them to join you.
- Meet someone you’ve seen at Mass and ask them if they are interested in joining you on this 90 day journey.
Registration for Emmaus 90 is required and opens October 17. Register by Dec 10 to receive your Pilgrim Guidebook before we start January 1. Cost will be $20/pilgrim. Contact Kym for registration link or go directly to the Archdiocese site and search for Emmaus 90.
COMMIT TO THE ADVENTURE. Join us for a concentrated season of encountering Jesus Christ, growing more firm in your faith, and emerging more confident in sharing the Gospel than ever before.
FORMED Teaching Mass
A two-part series offering a deep dive into the many parts of the Mass and the meaning of each.
National Eucharistic Pilgrimage (Procession)
SAVE THE DATE
The Northern Route (Marian Route) of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage (Procession) will pass through our Archdiocese from North to South June 19-26, 2024 stopping at parishes en route to the National Eucharistic Congress. Everyone will be welcome to join the pilgrimage. Stay tuned for details as they become available.
Why the Eucharist Revival Now?
The church needs healing. And the world needs the church.
· 31% Catholics know & BELIEVE THE EUCHARIST IS THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST.
· 39% Catholics ATTEND MASS weekly.
· 112,000,000 individuals have had serious THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE during the last year in the US.
· FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF OUR NATION the number of adults belonging to a church or congregation has FALLEN BELOW 50%
Statistics from the National Eucharistic Revival Playbook.
Communion to Commission
We are called to reach all people to fall in love with Jesus, inspire disciples, and go out on missionary discipleship. He has called you by name to discern how you will grow His kingdom through the year of Eucharistic Revival. Contact Kym to help bring the Eucharistic Revival to our parish family through:
·Faith formation (youth, family, adult)
·Intercessory prayer teams
·Person to person encounters
Adult Faith Formation
Ongoing Bible Studies
o Women’s Bible Study utilizing At Home with the Word and studying Sunday Scriptures with Brant Petri reflections Wednesday mornings 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. St. Dominic Aquinas Room. St. Dominic hosts 8 a.m. Mass prior to the study. The group is welcoming to all who would like to better understand scripture for the Sunday masses and try to incorporate it in our daily lives. Small book cost.
o The Open Bible. Study the upcoming Sunday Readings: Teachings+Videos+ Small Groups= Increase Your Faith. Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Reinl Center Chapel, first floor. Registration is not necessary; join when you are able. No cost.
Special note: The first Wednesday of each month, this group will participate in a Bible study featuring a series by Scott Hanh, The Nov. 1 topic is “The Lambs Supper”, Part 2. All are welcome to join anytime.
o Wake up to Your Faith small group is hosting a study on the Book of Luke Sundays from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Voltz Lounge St. Dominic. Hosted by Don and Jan Holmes.
o That Man is You (TMIY). Interested in strengthening your faith and making a difference in your life and those around you. TMIY is a national Catholic men’s program meeting every Saturday morning at Blessed Trinity in Sheboygan Falls at 7 a.m. with coffee and donuts, followed by a 20 minute video and small group discussion till 8:30 a.m. This chapter is about 25 men ages 30-80 and looking to grow! Contact Mark Weber 920-980-2112 or Steve Stauber 920-395-2091.
Abiding Together Podcast
Women, the Abiding Together Podcast is BACK! Hosted by Sister Miriam, Michelle Benzinger, and Heather Khym, Abiding Together provides a place of connection, rest and encouragement for people who are on the journey of living out their passion and purpose in Jesus Christ. You can find the podcast on their website abidingtogetherpodcast.com or iTunes, Spotify, Podbead, or Google Podcasts and it’s FREE!
Focus on Us
Our NEW and ongoing marriage ministry gives couples the time to love, listen, and share with each other and deepen the presence of Christ as the center of a marriage. Groups of 4 – 5 couples come together on a Friday evening, once a month. The host couple provides questions for meditation and sharing, then models how to share. Each couple moves to a separate space together and contemplates the questions and shares, just with each other. The evening is mainly about sharing as a couple. Couples of all ages and chapters of life are presently part of the ministry. Couples are welcome to join anytime. Contact Kym if you are interested in learning more.