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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!


Reopening: Click for Mass Guidelines


June 24, 2021

Dear Friends,

Peace of Christ. This month of June has been filled with the celebration of any number of the lives of the saints. What a gift it is to have the example and intercession of so many holy men and women who have gone before us! This Tuesday, the Church continues our celebration of these blessed as we honor Saints Peter and Paul on their Solemnity. Two of our greatest saints were also deeply imperfect – I know for me, I find that a great source of hope!!

Last weekend, we returned in many ways to our “usual” celebration of Sunday Mass with the ropes no longer being in place and the congregation coming up to receive Holy Communion. As we gradually move forward from the pandemic, I couldn’t help but think back on everything in this last year. One of our many staff members who went above and beyond was our Director of Maintenance Steve Altman. Steve and his team helped sanitize between funerals, weddings, and Sunday Masses, which meant coming in every weekend. Everything was done joyfully, well, and with a desire to help people encounter the Lord. Please join me in thanking Steve and his team for their tireless work behind the scenes! I’m so grateful for all that they do.

Blessings on the week and know of my prayers, especially for all of the living and deceased members of Saints Peter and Paul Parish! Don’t hesitate to reach out to me or any of the priests if we can be of assistance.

Sincerely, with love,
Fr. John

Last Weekly Email. This email is our last weekly email update. The newsletter isn’t going away – we just won’t be sending out weekly messages. Please check the parish website and bulletin for the latest news. If you’d like to subscribe to the bulletin and get an email notification when a new bulletin is available, you can sign up at the bulletin publisher’s website: https://parishesonline.com/find/family-of-four-parishes-milwaukee/subscribe.

Recorded YouTube Masses Ended June 20. For more than a year now, we have been sharing Masses on YouTube to minister to our four parish family during the pandemic. As we move forward with hope for a resolution to this pandemic, we have made the decision to end our YouTube Masses. We instead invite you to come to the in person Masses, which so wonderfully express our relationship to Jesus and to each other. We are so grateful for the ongoing support and engagement that people have shown over the past year. If you are unable to join us in person you can find links to other online Masses on our website at www.oldsaintmary.org/online-masses-and-devotions.

Bulletin. Don’t miss this week’s updates in the Family of Four Parishes Bulletin! Click here to view the bulletin.

Parish Financial Support. We continue to be humbled by your financial support of the parish. 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 Fr. Tim (Cell: 414-762-7986; tkitzke@ffpmke.org), Fr. John (Cell: 414-305-3824; jbaumgardner@ffpmke.org), or Fr. Michael (Cell: 262-707-0327; mmalucha@ffpmke.org) if you need anything! Be assured of our love and prayers.


June 17, 2021

“Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?” (Mk 4:41)

Dear Friends,

Peace of Christ and I hope this note finds you well in these beautiful summer days of June. In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that He is “Immanuel,” our God who is always with us. Even though at times it can seem like our Lord is quiet or isn’t acting amidst the storms, somehow if we keep Jesus close things will work out in their own mysterious way.

Our deepest desire as your priests is that the whole world (and at least starting with our little part of the Kingdom!) would come to know the peace that comes from a friendship with Jesus Christ. It is a peace that the world can never fully give, for it comes from God alone.

To that end, we are excited to let you know that we will have another priest joining our staff. Fr. Michael Malucha, a newly ordained priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, will be with us as a half-time Associate Pastor beginning this weekend. He will be half-time in studies (finishing a licentiate degree in theology at Mundelein Seminary) and the other half with us doing weekend Masses, weddings, funerals, and helping with various other ministries. He is a holy man, a gifted homilist, good confessor, and already a wonderful priest! Please help me in welcoming him to our Family of Four Parishes. I will continue in my role as Associate Pastor and have known Fr. Michael since seminary, so I was very excited to have him be assigned here. Please pray for Fr. Michael…and for Fr. Tim, as he now has two young priests to keep him on his toes!!

Have a blessed week everyone! Know of our prayers, especially for all fathers here on this Father’s Day weekend.

Sincerely, with love,
Fr. John

Video Mass for Sunday, June 20th. Here is the recorded Mass for this upcoming Sunday (12th Sunday in Ordinary Time). We provide a worship aid to help you better enter into the prayer of the Mass. We are so grateful to DV Productions, our Liturgists Mary Robertson and Meggie Moyer, and our cantor Amy Sobczak for their efforts in making our prayer as beautiful as possible.

Recorded YouTube Masses Continue until June 20. For more than a year now, we have been sharing Masses on YouTube to minister to our four parish family during the pandemic. As we move forward with hope for a resolution to this pandemic, we have made the decision to end our YouTube Masses, and this weekend is our last Mass. We instead invite you to come to the in person Masses, which so wonderfully express our relationship to Jesus and to each other. We are so grateful for the ongoing support and engagement that people have shown over the past year. If you are unable to join us in person you can find links to other online Masses on our website at www.oldsaintmary.org/online-masses-and-devotions.

Weekly Email Newsletter Continues through June. We will stop sending out weekly email updates at the end of this month. Please check the parish website and bulletin for the latest news. If you’d like to subscribe to the bulletin and get an email notification when a new bulletin is available, please go to the bulletin publisher’s website at https://parishesonline.com/find/family-of-four-parishes-milwaukee/subscribe.

In Person Mass Changes. The City of Milwaukee’s mask mandate expired on June 1. In keeping with CDC guidance, masks will be optional at Masses if you are fully vaccinated. Those who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask. Anyone who is uncomfortable removing their mask is still welcome to wear it. Beginning this weekend we will take down the ropes and resume communion lines. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we safely move forward in hope for an end of the pandemic. You can find the most recent Mass guidelines on the Reopening page of the parish website.

Bulletin. Don’t miss this week’s updates in the Family of Four Parishes Bulletin! Click here to view the bulletin.

Parish Financial Support. We continue to be humbled by your financial support of the parish. 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 Fr. Tim (Cell: 414-762-7986; tkitzke@ffpmke.org) or Fr. John (Cell: 414-305-3824; jbaumgardner@ffpmke.org) if you need anything! Be assured of our love and prayers.


June 10, 2021

“Jesus said to the crowds: “This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and through it all the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.”
(The Gospel of St. Mark, ch.4)

Dear Friends,

With all that has happened in these crazy days, I find myself saying more than ever: “I don’t know.” It seems as if things are more uncertain than ever, and the right direction is not always to clear since we not only have a huge amount of problems, we have a huge amount of opinions as to how the problems should be solved. Plus it seems that civil discourse has taken a nose-dive, and instead of trying to find a common vision of charity and unity, more than ever selfishness and division are chosen.

So I have decided after reading this Sunday’s Gospel, I am replacing the phrase “I don’t know,” with the phrase “I WILL TRUST.”

I will trust Jesus Christ and his incredible and powerful love. I will trust in people of good will trying their hardest to work together, even when we don’t agree, because Jesus the bridge-builder will remind us that he is in charge.

I will trust that even the smallest attempt to plant even the smallest seeds of hope will produce abundantly because I will trust less in my own power and abilities, and more in Jesus and his love.

I WILL TRUST.

Have a blessed week,
Fr. Tim
Your Pastor

Video Mass for Sunday, June 13th. Here is the recorded Mass for this upcoming Sunday (11th Sunday in Ordinary Time). We provide a worship aid to help you better enter into the prayer of the Mass. We are so grateful to DV Productions, our Liturgists Mary Robertson and Meggie Moyer, and our cantor Amy Sobczak for their efforts in making our prayer as beautiful as possible.

Recorded YouTube Masses Continue until June 20. For more than a year now, we have been sharing Masses on YouTube to minister to our four parish family during the pandemic. As we move forward with hope for a resolution to this pandemic, we have made the decision to end our YouTube Masses, and this week is our last Mass. We instead invite you to come to the in person Masses, which so wonderfully express our relationship to Jesus and to each other. We are so grateful for the ongoing support and engagement that people have shown over the past year. If you are unable to join us in person you can find links to other online Masses on our website at www.oldsaintmary.org/online-masses-and-devotions.

In Person Mass Changes. The City of Milwaukee’s mask mandate expired on June 1. In keeping with CDC guidance, masks will be optional at Masses if you are fully vaccinated. Those who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask. We will keep the ropes up and continue to socially distance at this time. Anyone who is uncomfortable removing their mask is still welcome to wear it. Other changes include lectors will return to reading at the ambo, the collection baskets will be passed during offertory, and the gifts will be brought forward from the back of church. If you are not already an usher, please consider volunteering to help make these changes possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we safely move forward in hope for an end of the pandemic. You can find the most recent Mass guidelines on the Reopening page of the parish website.

Bulletin. Don’t miss this week’s updates in the Family of Four Parishes Bulletin! Click here to view the bulletin.

Parish Financial Support. We continue to be humbled by your financial support of the parish. 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 Fr. Tim (Cell: 414-762-7986; tkitzke@ffpmke.org) or Fr. John (Cell: 414-305-3824; jbaumgardner@ffpmke.org) if you need anything! Be assured of our love and prayers.


June 10 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
June 3 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
May 27 Weekly Message from Fr. John
May 20 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
May 13 Weekly Message from Fr. John
May 6 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
April 29 Weekly Message from Fr. John
April 22 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
April 15 Weekly Message from Fr. John
April 8 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
Easter Blessings and Weekly Updates from Fr. John
March 26 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
March 18 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
March 11 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
March 4 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
February 25 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
February 18 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
Possibility of Encounter this Lent – February 11
February 4 Weekly Message from Fr. John
January 28 Weekly Message from Fr. John
January 21 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
January 14 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
January 7 Weekly Message from Fr. John
December 30 New Year’s Blessings and Weekly Updates
December 23 Christmas Blessings and Weekly Updates
December 17 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
December 10 Christmas Masses and Weekly Updates
December 3 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
November 25 Thanksgiving Message and Weekly Updates
November 19 Thanksgiving Message and Weekly Updates
November 12 McCarrick Report and Weekly Updates
November 5 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
October 29 Weekly Message from Fr. John
October 22 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
October 15 Weekly Message from Fr. John
October 8 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
October 1 Weekly Message from Fr. John
September 24 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
September 17 Weekly Message from Fr. John
September 10 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
September 4 Weekly Message from Fr. John
August 27 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
August 20 Weekly Message from Fr. John
August 13 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim
August 6 Weekly Message from Fr. John
July 30 Weekly Message from Fr. John
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
Weekly Wellness Letter from Staff (from I’d Like to Help Form)
Archbishop Listecki’s Letters and Archdiocesan Updates