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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Please join us on Thursday, August 7th at 2:00 pm for our annual tradition – the Dog Days of Summer!  Staff, family members and friends are invited to bring their dogs for an afternoon of fun on the patio in our Residence building.  There will be a doggie pool, tennis balls and frisbees, and treats for dogs and humans alike.  Our panel of resident judges will hand out an array of awards to our canine participants.

This year, as part of our Dog Days festivities, we will be collecting donations for the Hank Fund.   The Hank Fund was established through the Wisconsin Humane Society on behalf of “Hank”, the stray dog who walked onto the Brewer’s Training Field in Arizona this past spring. The Hank Fund is intended to raise awareness of the plight of homeless and stray animals in our community.  All proceeds will go to help stray animals in the Milwaukee community.

For more information about the event or about donating to the Hank Fund, please contact Amy O’Connor at aoconnor@milwaukeecatholichome.org or (414) 220-3214.

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Sr. Debra Sciano, SSND
MCH Board Member

I have been a professed member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame since 1981. Since that time I have lived in a variety of community settings – in convents with large numbers of Sisters, in houses with 5 or 6 others, and in my current setting with one Sister in an upper flat, as we connect regularly with other Sisters in similar living arrangements.

Although the number of women I have lived with has varied over the years, the value that we, as School Sisters of Notre Dame, place on community is at the heart of our commitment to Religious Life. For us, our vowed life together is a gift and a responsibility with Christ as the center of our community and the source of our unity.

In our SSND Constitution, You Are Sent, we read, “Life in our faith community is a giving and a receiving of love and respect, a living together in trust, openness, sincerity, and forgiveness. Through this kind of presence to and for one another, through our prayer, dialogue, and ministry, we become a community of one mind and one heart. Forming community is a life-long process. We say yes to the joys and inevitable tensions of creating and recreating community each day. In our efforts to love one another and to bear one another’s burdens, we experience the reconciling power of our merciful God. Awed by the mystery of God’s action in our midst, we gratefully celebrate life.”

So, we strive to live together in an atmosphere of peace, sharing responsibilities, taking time for communal prayer, welcoming others into our home, and supporting one another as we live out our mission to direct our entire lives toward that oneness for which Jesus Christ was sent.

Although you, as members of the Milwaukee Catholic Home community, may have different vocations in life, I believe that you, too, have an opportunity to create community with those around you. Each of us is called to be Christ to one another, to create a place that is inviting to others, and to celebrate the gift of life together. Finally, perhaps you can resonate with these  words from You Are Sent, “As the desire of Jesus that all be one becomes more fully our own, our striving for unity embraces all humanity and the whole of creation.”

Over 50 family members showed up for our first ever German Beer Garden in the Health and Rehab Center courtyard.  There was live polka music and LOTS of dancing.  Enjoy great videos and photos below!

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This week, as part of our Lifelong Learning series, the Milwaukee Art Museum is bringing the Kandinsky exhibit right here to Milwaukee Catholic Home!  A representative from the museum will be presenting to our residents on Kandinsky’s life and art.

The presentation will take place in the 3rd floor Activity Room on Thursday, July 24th at 1:30 pm.  All are welcome.

Just a little bit about the Kandinsky exhibit, from the MAM website:

This retrospective exhibition celebrates Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866–1944), one of the key figures in Modern art, and showcases the extraordinary collection of Kandinsky’s works in the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the world-class holdings of the related Blaue Reiter movement in the Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley Collection at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Visit mam.org/kandinsky for more details.  We hope you can join us!


Every year, we have some great local companies partnering with us to support our annual outdoor summer concert series, Patio Pops.  Below you’ll find the logos of each of the companies who are sponsoring Patio Pops this year.  Click on a logo to visit the company’s website, and show them you appreciate their support of the arts in their community!  And of course, check out our full concert schedule here.

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Please join us for an afternoon at Milwaukee Catholic Home’s

German Beer Garden!

When: Sunday, July 20th, 2014, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Where: MCH Health and Rehabilitation Center Courtyard

Enjoy a brew or soft drink, German-inspired appetizers, a live polka band and games and activities for the entire family.
All are welcome!

Please RSVP to Bridget McNair at (414) 220-3229 or bmcnair@milwaukeecatholichome.org.


We couldn’t wait to share a few pictures of our new raised garden beds.  These have been a long-time part of the renovation plan for our Health and Rehabilitation Center Courtyard, and they finally arrived last week.

Many of our residents have a lifelong love of gardening, and these two-tiered, fully-accessible beds will mean that those with wheelchairs or other mobility challenges will be able to keep pursuing that passion.  We’ll share more pictures once our residents get a chance to get their hands dirty.

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