Rebuild My Church: Franciscan Sisters Visit Our Lady Queen of Peace, Milwaukee, WI

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

September 20, 2022

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity read this on Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Milwaukee website from pastor Father Javier Bustos.

“‘Pope Francis invited all parishes “to go out of themselves, offering instruments for reform, even structural, in a spirit of communion and collaboration, of encounter and closeness, of mercy and solicitude for the proclamation of the Gospel.’ Our parish takes this invitation very seriously: we are a community of believers, engaged in the proclamation of the Gospel in a world, especially to those in the peripheries…I  hope to see you soon!”

Four of us Sisters, Sister Carmen Marie Diaz, Sister Maria Guadalupe Martinez Lopez, Michelle Ozuna and Sister Julie Ann Sheahan responded to this invitation and visited Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish Sunday, September 18, 2022 for their 12 Noon Mass and Mexican Fiesta. It was a FULL church. Sister Maria Guadalupe had this to say about the day.

“The celebration of the Eucharist at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish was so beautiful. This was a multicultural celebration with the Hispanic Community and other cultures in the Parish. The message of the Gospel and the homily focused on being good stewards while not letting money enslave us. The music and the dancers were awesome. It was great to talk to people and enjoy food afterwards.

While talking to a member of the Keczaly Aztec dance group she asked me to join them in the last dance. God gave me the grace to join in the dance with them. It’s all for the love of Jesus. I really enjoyed it and it was fun. This is a beautiful community who are great witnesses of Christ the King and His blessed Mother Queen of Peace.”

Postulant Michelle was also grateful to be invited. “It was an honor to celebrate Spanish Mass at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Milwaukee this Sunday. One thing I love about our Catholic faith is that even without being fluent in Spanish, I was able to follow along with mass and understand the procession through the liturgy.  It was wonderful to experience Mass through the eyes of another culture.  One thing that translated for me was the reverence of the parish community to the Blessed Mother.  I also noticed the importance of sharing the faith with their children which was evident in the many families that filled the pews.   A family was picked at the end of the Mass to receive a blessing and carry the Virgin De Guadalupe statue home with them which is such a beautiful family ministry.  I especially loved celebrating all the different Hispanic cultures at the Fiesta through food, community and the cultural dances in honor of the Blessed Mother. ”

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is alive here.

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