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Monthly Archives: December 2014


Chris Reinheimer, Director of Dining and Hospitality

Amazing. That’s the first word that comes to mind when trying to understand the connection of food to families, holidays, and memories. One of my most vivid memories is from when I was around 5. My Grandpa was carving a standing rib roast for our Christmas dinner. I don’t remember if it was any good, if it was under cooked, or over cooked, but I do remember the spectacle. It was our family extended family, sitting around multiple tables, watching my Grandpa proudly carve the meat and serve his family (wife, 4 kids, 6 Grandkids, multiple cousins, and a few Jewish friends). The pride in his eyes as he served his grandchildren first, then up the age ladder, will never be forgotten.  It was a moment of pure joy for him (he always served the kids first, saying “I need to grow my legacy”) and a feeling for me that I was loved. I don’t know why that moment stands out to me. Was it the start of a great meal? Was it the beginning of hearing our family give thanks for our many blessings? I don’t have the answer why, just thankful that that moment, our family Christmas dinner, is forever with me.

I could go on and on with my family’s traditions around holidays, but one thing that remains constant, is all of them include food. Whether it’s our candle light dinner in front of the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve, or the special Christmas pastry on Christmas morning, food is a large part of them. The sights, the smells, the sounds, the mess! The family bonding that takes place during each stage of the celebration will be recalled for years. Each family has the stories to tell…the one year that junior ate the whole pumpkin pie, or the crazy uncle who had too much Seagram’s 7 and fell asleep at the dinner table (okay, maybe that was just my crazy uncle), or when the newest member of the family was introduced. Food is what brought everyone together.

We strive to help create memories with food on a daily basis, within our community. I could quote research that shows that dining within community adds to overall intake, willingness to try new items, lower levels of stress markers, and the release of endorphins, to explain why we do, what we do. That would really short change the reason we do it. All of those above reasons are by products of what we do. We simply do it because we want to be one of the reasons that memories are made. We do that with different ways. Whether it’s a favorite recipe, the singing of happy birthday, the casual Sunday brunch, one of our many parties and events, or trying new recipes and ingredients, we always strive to nourish the mind, body, and soul of our MCH family.

This past year, we partnered with Wild Ridge Farm to purchase a small amount of organic produce on a weekly basis. Realizing the added benefits of the locally, organically grown produce, we began looking to see how we could enhance our organic offerings. Realizing that MCH serves approximately 350# of vegetables weekly, we couldn’t partner with enough organic growers to meet our weekly, monthly, or yearly needs. Looking forward to 2015 and beyond, I am beyond thrilled to announce a new venture that we are entering into going forward. We have been allowed access to 3+ acres of land on which to start growing our own sustainable vegetables. Clare Gardens, in partnership with the Franciscan Friars in Burlington and local farmers, will be planted this spring, producing tender greens by June, and root vegetables into Fall!

From our family to yours, may joyful memories be made this holiday season.

Santa and book buddies009

This week, Fox 6 News recorded “A Day in the Life of Santa,” following Santa Claus for a whole day as he spread Christmas cheer.  One of Santa’s favorite stops was Milwaukee Catholic Home, where he visited the students from Maryland Avenue School and their “grandfriends” during the  Book Buddies program.  The segment will air on Fox 6 on Christmas Eve at 9:00 pm.

Enjoy some great pictures and video below!

UPDATE: Here’s the finished segment from Fox 6 – enjoy!

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It’s become an annual event – once again, Santa and several live reindeer stopped by Milwaukee Catholic Home to visit with residents, staff, and family.  The kids from Nurturing Nook child daycare joined us for the visit, including a great educational program about reindeer.  Enjoy some pictures below!

Below, enjoy some incredible photos of the artisan at work on our new altar, ambo and other furnishings, and their transportation and installation in the newly renovated St. Anne Chapel.

Gianfranco Tussara is an Italian artisan in residence in Milwaukee at Inspired Artisans Ltd. His exquisite craftsmanship is the crowning touch on the successful renovation of our two chapels, supported by so many residents and other donors.

More support is still needed – to find out how you can be involved, contact Mike Brauer at (414) 225-8246.

The St. Anne Chapel will be re-dedicated on Thursday, January 22nd at 4:00 pm.  Mass will be concelebrated by Fr. Chuck Keefe, Fr. Jim Connell, and Fr. John Puodziunas, OFM.  All are welcome!

As we observe the season of Advent and look ahead to the joys of Christmas, we have lots of opportunities to prepare and celebrate through music!  Below are just a few of the great musical performers and ensembles who will be sharing their gifts with us this holiday season.  Please join us!

The Residence – 2462 N. Prospect Avenue

Marquette University Faculty Chorale
and Happy Hour
Friday, December 5th, 4:30 pm
The Astor Room

Haasler Studio for Strings
Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 14th, 2:00 pm
The Astor Room

Pius IX High School Madrigal Choir
Prelude and Postlude Concerts for 4:00 pm Mass
Monday, December 15th, 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm
St. Anne Chapel

MCH Staff and Resident Choir Concert
and Residence Christmas Party
Thursday, December 18th, 4:30 pm
The Astor Room

Zoe Biller, Classical Pianist
Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 21st, 1:30 pm
The Astor Room

Health and Rehabilitation Center – 2330 N. Prospect Avenue

Marquette University High School Boys Choir
Wednesday, December 3rd, 10:15 am
Third Floor Multipurpose Room

Dominican High School Choir
Wednesday, December 3rd, 1:30 pm
Strolling throughout building

St. Monica’s Girl Scout Carolers
Wednesday, December 10th, 3:00 pm
Third Floor Multipurpose Room

Lake Park Lutheran Church Choir
Sunday, December 14th, 12:00 pm
Transitions Rehabilitation Dining Room

Carlton Elementary School Carolers
Monday, December 15th, 1:30 pm
Memory Care Lounge

Intergenerational Christmas Play
with Nurturing Nook Child Daycare
and the MCH Staff and Resident Choir
Thursday, December 18th, 2:30 pm
Third Floor Multipurpose Room