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Parish Email Newsletter

We have been using the parish email newsletter to send out updates about the rapidly changing circumstances regarding COVID-19. If you haven’t received them that means we don’t have your current email address. The same updates can be found on the parish website, but if you’d like to be added to the email list please sign up at http://eepurl.com/bPQy6r. Also, if your email address or any other information has changed, kindly inform Daisy Rivera, the office administrator, of those changes. Thank you!


April 7, 2020

Dear Friends,

Moments of joy, grace, and peace. Moments of loneliness, isolation, and abandonment. This was the experience of Jesus Christ during Holy Week 2,000 years ago, and no doubt it will be our experience as well during this year’s Holy Week. We pray that these days will be blessed as all of us re-live the suffering, death, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior. Don’t be afraid to ask for some big graces this week in prayer! Know that you are never alone, that you are deeply loved, and that we are here for you always if you need anything.

Holy Week at Home. Please see the Holy Week at Home section on our website, with resources for how to celebrate Holy Week in a different, but still special way. Some of the resources include:

  • Link to Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil Liturgies that will be either televised or livestreamed online from the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist with Archbishop Listecki presiding. By participating in this way, you will be in solidarity with thousands of Catholics from around the Archdiocese and beyond.
  • A Day by Day, at Home Guide for Holy Week. This was created by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, as part of their Courageous Communion initiative, and provides wonderful suggestions for each day of Holy Week! It has everything from links to the Mass readings, activities for children, recipes for a Holy Thursday Passover Meal, and much more.

Easter Sunday Video Mass. Here is the recorded Mass celebrated by Fr. Tim and Fr. John for Easter Sunday. We are again so grateful to our liturgists Mary Robertson and Brian Eggers, and cantor Amy Sobczak, for the beautiful music of the liturgy! A worship aid is provided to help you better enter into the prayer of the Mass.

When the doors were locked – peace be with you! An Easter Blessing. Finally, we would like to leave you with a special Easter blessing that was inspired by the beautiful words of Jesus to His disciples after the resurrection: “…when the doors were locked, where the disciples were […] Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’” (Jn 20:19).

When it seems that the doors of our homes are locked – peace be with you! May the peace of the risen Christ fill you with the knowledge that you are never alone, that you are deeply loved and care for by so many.

When it seems that the doors of my own health could be at risk – peace be with you! May the peace of the risen Christ give you the strength to surrender even that fear to Him and to trust in the goodness of all those workers and medical personnel.

When it seems that the doors of the world are cut off from God’s apparent action – peace be with you! May the peace of the risen Christ fill you with the knowledge that even when it seems like God is “sleeping” or not present, that He will always provide in His own way and in His own time.

When it seems that the doors of the comfort of our usual routine are locked – peace be with you! May the peace of the risen Christ fill you with the knowledge that none of us are perfect and to have patience with even ourselves.

Loving God, in these tender and tenuous times, bless and keep all of your beloved sons and daughters. They are such an amazing gift to you and we ask that you keep them especially close to your most sacred Heart and that the Immaculate Heart of Mary our Mother be constantly interceding for all of us. May the peace of the risen Christ fill the corners of even our locked rooms, and may almighty God bless you, + the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Sincerely, with love,

Fr. Tim Kitzke and Fr. John Baumgardner


April 2, 2020

Dear Friends,

Like so many Catholics around the world, we look forward to the beautiful celebrations of Holy Week each year. We already miss you so much and it will be especially hard this week not to be together! Know of our love and prayers in a particular way this week. We will be sending out another communication on Tuesday, April 7th, with resources for how to enter into what will be a Holy Week unlike any other. Here are a few thoughts for this upcoming weekend.

Palm Sunday Video Mass. Here is the recorded Mass celebrated by Fr. Tim and Fr. John for Palm Sunday. Special thanks to our liturgists Mary Robertson and Brian Eggers, and cantor Amy Sobczak, for helping to provide such beautiful music! We have also created a worship aid in PDF to help you better enter into the prayer of the Mass.

We have created a new Holy Week at Home section on our website which will have resources on how to enter into Holy Week in this different way. As mentioned above, we will send out another communication on Tuesday, April 7th, with information on the live-streamed liturgies from the Cathedral for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil. All of these links, along with our forthcoming recorded video Mass for Easter Sunday by Fr. Tim and Fr. John, will be found in the ‘Holy Week at Home’ portion of our website.

Lenten Almsgiving: Supporting Tikkun Ha-Ir and Parish Giving. As you may recall, our Lenten theme this year was a “Journey to the Holy Land with our Jewish Brothers and Sisters.” Unfortunately, much of our programming was cut short due to COVID-19. However, we would ask you to please still donate your Lenten almsgiving to our partner Jewish organization Tikkun Ha-Ir. Their Veggie Chop Shop does amazing work to promote food justice and to feed the hungry in the city of Milwaukee. Please either send a check to the parish office (see address below) made out to “Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee” or visit their website to donate: https://thi-milwaukee.org/donate/.

We continue to ask for your financial support of our parish during this difficult time. There is not a mission without a margin, and we need your help now more than ever! Please mail in your envelopes and contributions to our parish office (Old St. Mary Parish, 835 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202), and our parish staff will continue to process these.

Again, please do not hesitate to contact either Fr. Tim (Cell: 414-762-7986; kitzket@archmil.org) or Fr. John (Cell: 414-305-3824; baumgardnerj@archmil.org) if you need anything! Be assured of our love and prayers.

Sincerely,
Fr. Tim and Fr. John


Weekly Wellness Letter from Staff (from I’d Like to Help Form)

Letter from Fr. Tim and Fr. John – March 26, 2020

Letter from Fr. Tim and Fr. John – March 20, 2020

Letter from Fr. Tim and Fr. John – March 16, 2020

Letter from Fr. John – March 13, 2020

Archbishop Listecki’s Letters and Archdiocesan Updates