Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

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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!


We’re Reopening! Click for Mass Guidelines and Registration.


August 13, 2020

“The most deadly poison of our time is indifference.”
(St. Maximilian Kolbe)

Dear Friends,

Peace of Christ to you wherever you are and whatever is filling your hearts these days!

If anything, the pandemic and our continual work for justice and equity for all are calling us out of our isolation into what Pope Francis encourages us to — a life of encounter! With so much happening to spin our heads and hearts, with the continual changes we are experiencing sometimes by the minute, with lines of division drawn firmly amongst factions, with a politics of ideology that sometimes works against fresh ideas and even the truth, we as Christians are called to more!

St. Maximilian Kolbe, whose cell in Auschwitz I was humbled to pray at a few years ago, reminds us that we no longer have the leisure to stay uninvolved when the pressing needs of our world call for the presence of Christ more than ever. Using our framework of PRAY, LEARN, ACT, let us once more engage in something new this week to witness to Christ and his beckon call to serve and encounter the world to make it a better place, especially for our kids and elderly, especially for the poor, especially for anyone who is left out of sharing in the great gifts of life.

Let’s get to work…

In-Person Masses. If you want to attend an in-person Mass this weekend, there are still places available for the 5:00 pm Saturday Mass at SS Peter & Paul as well as Sunday’s 8:30 am Mass at Three Holy Women-St. Hedwig Church. See SS Peter & Paul’s website for Saturday’s signup or Three Holy Women’s website for Sunday’s signup. Registration closes at noon on Friday.

Video Mass for Sunday August 16th. Here is the recorded Mass celebrated by Fr. Tim and Fr. John for this upcoming Sunday (the 20th 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.

Our 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 last week. 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. Click here to watch the recording of the virtual dedication ceremony. 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.

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. It’s easy! 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-august, 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! Our August goal is 2000 pounds of food, 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.

 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 Fr. John (Cell: 414-305-3824; baumgardnerj@archmil.org) if you need anything! Be assured of our love and prayers.

Sincerely, with love,
Fr. Tim


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


Weekly Wellness Letter from Staff (from I’d Like to Help Form)
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
Archbishop Listecki’s Letters and Archdiocesan Updates