Roses for Our Lady in Milwaukee has an annual tradition of celebrating the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a Mass or Holy Hour and an outdoor Eucharistic Rosary Procession each year. This year that celebration took place at Old St. Mary in downtown Milwaukee.
We are blessed to be joined by the Dominican Sisters, and this year they shared the facebook post with details of the event with the caption "Let's party!" Doesn't that make you smile? And it really is a party; a party that sends the devil running, as Fr. Tim Kitzke, Vicar General for the Urban Ministry in the City of Milwaukee and Spiritual Advisor for Roses for Our Lady, told us during his homily.
This year our procession walked right past a downtown location where a gentleman's strip club is being proposed. Fr. Tim has been working hard to fight against that club being allowed a license, and has been asking for the help and prayers of everyone who attends Mass at Old St. Mary. As our procession moved past the empty building of the proposed club we paused to pray a decade of the rosary there, and then Fr. Tim blessed the building with Our Lord in the monstrance. At the very instant that he blessed the building, the church bells rung out. It was a powerful moment of prayer! Fr. Tim said that he felt that the ringing of the bells was a sign from God. Let's continue to keep the devil on the run as we invoke Our Lady's assistance in all that we do!
UPDATE: The Milwaukee Common Council voted 3-2 against granting a license to the Gentleman's Club on September 17th. Much thanks is due to Fr. Tim and all who worked and prayed to keep it away from our downtown neighborhood so close to Old St. Mary and St. John the Evangelist Cathedral, and most of all, thanks be to God for all of His blessings. Story here and here.
(All photos courtesy of Jazmin Trujillo)