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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!


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August 6, 2020

“Happiness does not come from an easy life, but from a heart that is filled with love.”
(Saint Josemaría Escrivá)

Dear Friends,

On August 6th of each year, we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration. This event takes place at a timely moment both in Jesus’ ministry and in the Church’s liturgical year. The revelation of Jesus’ divinity on the mountaintop to Peter, James, and John is a privileged experience. This moment is meant to strengthen them, as immediately afterwards Jesus sets off towards Jerusalem where He would suffer and die on the Cross. The Transfiguration account is always read on the Second Sunday of Lent each year. We are meant to be similarly strengthened as we continue our Lenten journey towards celebrating the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus in Holy Week.

It seems August is always a month of “preparation.” It is a month of taking our last vacations, getting ready for school, and planning for ministries in the upcoming parish year. In a year which will be unlike any other, how timely our celebration of the Transfiguration! I pray that these weeks of preparation will give you an opportunity to allow your hearts to be filled with God’s love before we begin a school year that will be marked with the Cross. But the Transfiguration was not just a one-time event! Rather, it is the continual process of finding ways each day to return “to the mountain” and fill out hearts with the irrational, irresistible love that comes only from God. Everything that we do at the parish is meant to lead you into a deeper, more authentic happiness. It’s a happiness that doesn’t come from an easy life, but from a heart filled with God’s love. So…see you on the mountaintop! Blessings on the week and know always of our love and prayers.

Video Mass for Sunday August 9th. Here is the recorded Mass celebrated by Fr. Tim for this upcoming Sunday (the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time). We provide a worship aid to help you better enter into the prayer of the Mass. Please know that we will continue these recorded Masses indefinitely. We are so grateful to DV Productions, our Liturgists Mary Robertson and Brian Eggers, and our music ministers for their efforts in making our prayer as beautiful as possible.

The St. Vincent de Paul Six Saints conference has been very busy during the pandemic. Although they have needed to adjust their procedures in meeting the needs of the poor in our community, those needs have not diminished in any way. If you would like to support the ministry of St. Vincent de Paul by offering donations of kitchen items (pots, pans, plates, silverware, cups etc.), household items (new or like-new bedding, new towels, etc.) or furniture, please contact Laura Hancock at hancockl@archmil.org or leave a message on her office voice mail 414-271-6577 and she will connect you with the chapter President to arrange for pick-up of your donation. Also, financial donations via cash or checks made out to St. Vincent de Paul are always appreciated. Please mail checks to Three Holy Women, Attn: Laura Hancock, 1716 N Humboldt Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Thank you for your ongoing generosity!

Dedra’s Home Finished! Update from Habitat for Humanity. It was a great joy to join Dedra, her family and friends, and members of our parish community for an online dedication of Dedra’s home on Wednesday afternoon. After many hours of sweat equity from Dedra, the sponsorship and labor of our parish community, and the dedicated work of the Habitat for Humanity staff, it was a blessing to offer prayers, gifts, and congratulations to Dedra on her new home.  THANK YOU, parishioners, for your sacrificial giving throughout 2019 to help make Dedra’s dream a reality!

Update from Catholic East Elementary. There are still a limited number of seats available for the 2020-2021 school year. We are so pleased to have you and your child(ren) as part of our Catholic East family! We would like to have more just like you! Don’t forget to recommend us to family and friends who are looking for a richly diverse school environment for their child(ren), one that promotes the pursuit of academic excellence, nurtures strong moral development, and fosters lifelong learning through living out the Gospel values. Click here and share our information regarding enrollment and a preview of our school. For more information or to enroll, contact us at (414) 964-1770, Mondays – Thursdays, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm, or email kdahlgren@catholiceast.org.

UWM Panther Catholic Center. Fr. Andrew Infanger, Director of UWM’s Panther Catholic Newman Center, is looking for help with preparing for fall. (You may remember him as a seminarian and deacon in our Family of Four Parishes.) To volunteer or get more information go to www.panthercatholic.com/help.

Parish Financial Support. We continue to be humbled by your financial support of the parish during these tender and tenuous times. Thank you so much, it has been amazing to witness the generosity of so many! 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 process these.

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

Sincerely, with love,
Fr. John


July 30, 2020

“Catholic education aims to not only communicate facts, but also to transmit a coherent, comprehensive vision of life, in the conviction that the truths contained in that vision liberate students in the most profound meaning of human freedom” (Pope Saint John Paul II)

Dear Friends,

This past Sunday we celebrated 8th grade graduation for our scholars of Catholic East Elementary. What a year it was for them! As I told them in the homily, unless next year’s graduating class goes on a class field trip to the moon, I don’t think anyone will be able to top their story of graduating during a global pandemic for a long time. Our school motto is “We pray! We serve! We learn!” I was grateful for the opportunity to be together in a socially distant way to honor the many ways the students have prayed, served, and learned during their time at Catholic East.

Can I ask a big favor? If you would, please take a moment this week to pray for all principals, school leaders, teachers, and staff. Schools all across the country are preparing to resume learning in these unprecedented circumstances and none of the decisions that accompany this re-opening are easy. We are so blessed at Catholic East by the leadership of our principal Mr. Tony Gonzalez! Also, I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new assistant principal Mr. Timothy Trzcinko. Our teachers and staff went above and beyond last year and they are committed to doing the same again this year. Our work of Catholic education is not just simply a communication of facts (though important!), but also a passing on of the gift of seeing ourselves, the world, and our neighbor through the “eyes of faith” in Jesus Christ. In our present times so filled with division and violence, our work of passing on this different vision of life through Catholic education has never been more important. Know of my prayers for all educators and I would humbly ask for yours too!

Video Mass for Sunday August 2nd. Here is the recorded Mass celebrated by Fr. Tim for this upcoming Sunday (the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time). We provide a worship aid to help you better enter into the prayer of the Mass. Please know that we will continue these recorded Masses indefinitely. We are so grateful to DV Productions, our Liturgists Mary Robertson and Brian Eggers, and our music ministers for their efforts in making our prayer as beautiful as possible.

Update from Catholic East Elementary. There are still a limited number of seats available for the 2020-2021 school year. We are so pleased to have you and your child(ren) as part of our Catholic East family! We would like to have more just like you! Don’t forget to recommend us to family and friends who are looking for a richly diverse school environment for their child(ren), one that promotes the pursuit of academic excellence, nurtures strong moral development, and fosters lifelong learning through living out the Gospel values. Click here and share our information regarding enrollment and a preview of our school. For more information or to enroll, contact us at (414) 964-1770, Mondays through Thursdays, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm, or email kdahlgren@catholiceast.org.

UWM Panther Catholic Center. Fr. Andrew Infanger, Director of UWM’s Panther Catholic Newman Center, is looking for help with preparing for fall. (You may remember him as a seminarian and deacon in our Family of Four Parishes.) To volunteer or get more information go to www.panthercatholic.com/help.

Virtual Food Drive. Guess what, parishioners? Your generosity in just three weeks has surpassed our initial goal for the Riverwest Food Pantry Virtual Food Drive…way to go, everyone!! As a result, we are going to re-boot the food drive to align with a monthly challenge system. So, starting on August 1st you can contribute to August’s goal of 2,000 pounds for the Family of Four Parishes. Remember, this is instead of our “Item of the Week,” since we are not able to accept physical donations at this time. Thank you, in advance, for your ongoing support of the Riverwest Food Pantry! You can make your donation here: https://yougivegoods.com/rwfp-familyoffourparishes-august

Parish Financial Support. We continue to be humbled by your financial support of the parish during these tender and tenuous times. Thank you so much, it has been amazing to witness the generosity of so many! 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 process these.

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

Sincerely, with love,
Fr. John


July 23, 2020

“No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless.
There is too much work to do.”
(Dorothy Day)

Dear Friends,

As we continue to live in these difficult days: with a pandemic which perplexes and causes so much pain and worry and disruption, with the continuing struggle to be a more just and equitable society in which all are cherished and respected, and in which the sins of racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and any other prejudice or phobias are wiped out – it is easy to feel hopeless!

But we are believers in Jesus Christ! By His life we know there can be hope for a better future. As our Family of Four Parishes continues to PRAY, LEARN, ACT, we will help the world by being a force of HOPE!

So let’s all do something different this week that shows we are on the side of hope. One little thing. Pray and Christ will tell you what to do! Soon little things done by all of us individually become a magnificent unfolding of the Holy Spirit when taken together as a community!

Archbishop Listecki has extended the dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation through September 6.

In August, we will continue to celebrate one public Mass on Saturday and one public Mass on Sunday, rotating through our Family of Four Parishes. The YouTube Mass on the Family of Four Parishes YouTube channel will remain the primary Mass for those who do not attend an in person Mass.

Registration for in person Masses through the parish website will open on the Monday morning prior to the Mass. We ask that Monday and Tuesday registration continue to be reserved for parishioners of the parish at which the Mass will be celebrated. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, we invite members of any of our four parishes to register for the remaining seats.

Saturday, August 1 – 5:00 pm at Saints Peter and Paul
Sunday, August 2 – 8:30 am at Three Holy Women-St. Hedwig Church

Saturday, August 8 – 4:00 pm at Our Lady of Divine Providence-St. Casimir Church
Sunday, August 9 – 9:00 am at Old St. Mary

Saturday, August 15 – 5:00 pm at Saints Peter and Paul
Sunday, August 16 – 8:30 am at Three Holy Women-St. Hedwig Church

Saturday, August 22 – 4:30 pm at Old St. Mary
Sunday, August 23 – 10:00 am at Our Lady of Divine Providence-St. Casimir Church

Saturday, August 29 – 4:30 pm at Three Holy Women-St. Hedwig Church
Sunday, August 30 – 9:30 am at Saints Peter and Paul

Video Mass for Sunday July 26th. Here is the recorded Mass celebrated by Fr. Tim for this upcoming Sunday (the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time). We provide a worship aid to help you better enter into the prayer of the Mass. Please know that we will continue these recorded Masses indefinitely. We are so grateful to DV Productions, our Liturgists Mary Robertson and Brian Eggers, and our music ministers for their efforts in making our prayer as beautiful as possible.

 Update from Catholic East Elementary. There are still a limited number of seats available for the 2020-2021 school year. We are so pleased to have you and your child(ren) as part of our Catholic East family! We would like to have more just like you! Don’t forget to recommend us to family and friends who are looking for a richly diverse school environment for their child(ren), one that promotes the pursuit of academic excellence, nurtures strong moral development, and fosters lifelong learning through living out the Gospel values. Click here and share our information regarding enrollment and a preview of our school. For more information or to enroll, contact us at (414) 964-1770, Mondays through Thursdays, 10:00am through 1:30pm, or email kdahlgren@catholiceast.org.

Virtual Food Drive. We know that our parishioners are incredibly dedicated to supporting the ongoing ministry of the Riverwest Food Pantry. Although the pandemic has required the cancellation of all food drives for RWFP (including the physical donation of the “Item of the Week” at our parish Masses), we would like to support the Community of Generosity with a Virtual Food Drive! Instead of purchasing your Item of the Week and bringing it with you to Mass, all you have to do is visit https://yougivegoods.com/rwfp-familyoffourparishes-fooddrive, click on your parish, and then SHOP! It really is that easy… and will have a lasting impact on supporting the needs of our neighbors! We have set our first goal at 1500 pounds of food for the first month of this food drive, so let’s see what we can do! Thank you for your generous giving!! If you have any questions about this food drive, please contact Laura Hancock at hancockl@archmil.org.

UWM Panther Catholic Center. Fr. Andrew Infanger, Director of UWM’s Panther Catholic Newman Center, is looking for help with preparing for fall. (You may remember him as a seminarian and deacon in our Family of Four Parishes.) To volunteer or get more information go to www.panthercatholic.com/help.

 Parish Financial Support. We continue to be humbled by your financial support of the parish during these tender and tenuous times. Thank you so much, it has been amazing to witness the generosity of so many! 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 process these.

Please do not hesitate to contact me (cell: 414-762-7986; kitzket@archmil.org) or our dear Associate Pastor, Fr. John (cell: 414-305-3824; baumgardnerj@archmil.org). Please know of our love, support, prayers as you live your faith!

Sincerely, with love,
Fr. Tim


Weekly Wellness Letter from Staff (from I’d Like to Help Form)
July 23 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
July 16 Weekly Message from Fr. John
July 10 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim and Fr. John
Social Justice Updates and Invitations for Involvement – July 8
July 2 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim and Fr. John
We’re Reopening! – June 29
June 26 Weekly Message from Fr. John
June 18 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim and Fr. John
June 11 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim and Fr. John
Pray, Learn, Act – June 2
May 28 Update from Fr. John
May 21 Update from Fr. Tim
Important Message About Reopening Churches – May 18
May 14 Update from Fr. Tim
May 7 Update from Fr. Tim and Fr. John
May 1 Update from Fr. Tim and Fr. John
April 23 Update from Fr. Tim and Fr. John
April 16 Update from Fr. Tim and Fr. John
Holy Week at Home – April 7, 2020
April 2 Update from Fr. Tim and Fr. John
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