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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/bG-PQn. Also, if your email address or any other information has changed, kindly inform Sandy Avery, the parish secretary, of those changes. Thank you!


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December 3, 2020

“Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, and sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, My Mother! To thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.”

Dear Friends,

As we celebrate our nation’s Patroness on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, I am reminded of the key place Mary plays in the unfolding of salvation, and her important place in my life as a priest. The Memorare, set forth above, was taught to me by my mom at a very early age, and has guided me through many a tough time.

How wonderful for all of us and our nation, especially during these times of great struggle, uncertainty, fear and doubt, to have such a powerful intercessor, watching out for us and offering comfort and hope! This Advent time is an especially appropriate time for us to renew our love for Mary and to renew our trust in her love for us as she leads us closer to her beloved Son Jesus.

Our nation needs Christ more than ever, and with Mary holding us close, like she did the child Jesus, all will work out!

Pray, pray, pray!

Video Mass for Sunday, December 6th. Here is the recorded Mass for this upcoming Sunday (2nd Sunday of Advent). 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 cantor Amy Sobczak for their efforts in making our prayer as beautiful as possible.

In Person Mass. Our Mass schedule and registration links can be found on the Reopening and Mass Times pages of the parish website. Please be sure to register online to attend an in person Mass. Links are also included every week at the bottom of this newsletter.

At-Home Advent Retreat. Advent is a time to prepare our hearts for our Lord, Emmanuel, which means “God-with-us.” During this pandemic and safer at home, people have been finding creative ways of using their time. The At-Home Advent Retreat was developed to offer you time to dwell in the great love that came down at Christmas. Click here to view and print the At-Home Advent Retreat Booklet. If you know someone who does not have internet access and would like a copy of this booklet, please contact Terri Balash, Director of Pastoral Care, at and one will be mailed to them. Have a blessed Advent.  

Eat, Drink & Be Catholic @Home. Our Family of Four Parishes invites adults of all ages to our next Eat, Drink & Be Catholic Zoom call on Wednesday, December 9 at 7:00 pm. As we continue to explore this year’s theme, “From Social Distance to Encounter,” Vincent Noth will share how the Riverwest Food Pantry invites each of us into a “Community of Generosity.” Contact Pastoral Associate Chad Griesel at for the Zoom link. The conversation will also be recorded and posted on our Family of Four Parishes YouTube channel.

Listening with an Open Heart. If you haven’t yet signed up to join this weekend’s, “After the Election: The Role of Listening with an Open Heart,” being sponsored by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Jewish Community Relations Council, please do so now! You’re not going to want to miss this participatory workshop facilitated by members of Parker Palmer’s Center of Courage and Renewal. You’ll be inspired to bring healing into our hurting world. You can find more information and how to register on the attached flyer. Please join us!

Advent Giving Tree. This year our Advent Giving Tree at Our Lady of Divine Providence, Old St. Mary, and Three Holy Women will be benefiting three agencies, highlighted below. Please review the “Wish Lists” on the attached flyer and then return your unwrapped gift with tag attached to any Mass or the Three Holy Women Parish Office (1716 N Humboldt Ave) before December 12/13. Our current business hours are M, T, and Th 8-3. Thank you!

La Causa Inc.’s Crisis Nursery & Respite Center has served for more than 29 years as a safe haven for the community. They provide the most basic needs – clothing, food, and shelter to our community’s youngest and most vulnerable members of society – our children. La Causa Crisis Nursery is open 24 hours a day/365 days a year, and provides support to children age birth to 12 years old when family emergencies arise, such as homelessness, domestic violence, medical needs or more — like when a mom has post pregnancy complications and needs to go back into the hospital — her newborn is safe and sound with us. The Crisis Nursery & Respite Center is the only state licensed center of its kind in southeast Wisconsin. They care for up to 12 children each night, and children can stay for up to 72 hours at no cost to the family. We are a resource in the community helping families avoid exposure to traumatic, crisis situations that could leave long-lasting, detrimental effects on a child’s emotional, mental and/or physical well-being.
The Guest House of Milwaukee is located on North 13th Street between Juneau and McKinley Avenues in the King Park neighborhood. Guest House of Milwaukee is the largest publicly funded homeless shelter in the city and has been leading the community in ending the cycle of poverty in their clients’ lives for nearly forty years. They supply their guests with more than just short-term basic needs by identifying a path forward to becoming a productive member of society.
St. Vincent de Paul – Members of the Six Saints Conference are continuing to make home visits to individuals and families within our service area of our church neighborhoods. We are following safe distance practices by making ’phone visits’ or visiting on porches rather than indoor home visits. We provide for the basic needs of those experiencing economic distress, including beds, furniture, some appliances, and household items. We also provide resource contacts for information about other possibilities for assistance. One of our most important gifts to leave behind is a feeling that someone cares and that there is hope. 

The Holiday Giving Tree at Sts. Peter and Paul will have a different format this year. There will be no tree with tags to choose from. Instead, gifts will be delivered directly to the recipient organizations through their Amazon wish list. We are asking for toys for the House of Peace and long underwear for St. Ben’s Community Meal. Guidelines on purchasing items can be found in the attached flyer.

Lastly, the Old St. Mary/Cathedral Conference of St. Vincent de Paul welcomes contributions to their Christmas Food Voucher mailing to their neighbors in need. You can send contributions to the Christmas Food Voucher mailing by mailing your check to St. Vincent de Paul with “Christmas Food Voucher” in the memo line to 831 N Van Buren Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Thank you for your generosity!

Making, Not Baking, the World a Better Place. The Three Holy Women Parish Christian Women are unable to safely have our annual Christmas cookie sale this year. Over the many years of the sale, we have been able to provide financial support for areas of need within the parish and in our neighboring community. In keeping with the spirit of the cookie sale, Fr. Tim has challenged us to raise sorely needed funds for our Central City parishes. To help us rise to his challenge, please complete the “order” form and return with your donation in lieu of a cookie order this year. Peace and blessings to you from the Christian Women Society! Thank you!! Click this link to take you to our “no cookie sale” flyer and order form.

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 (SS Peter & Paul Parish, 2491 N Murray Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211), and our parish staff will process these.

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

Sincerely, with love,
Fr. Tim


November 25, 2020

Dear Friends,

Peace of Christ. Just a quick note to say that you and your loved ones remain in our thoughts and prayers this Thanksgiving! We will be offering Mass for the holiday at both 7 pm this evening at Saints Peter and Paul Parish or tomorrow (Thanksgiving Day) at 9 am at Three Holy Women – St. Hedwig. Should you wish to attend, we would love to have you join us; kindly register using the Mass Registration and Guidelines link at the bottom of this newsletter.

We again extend our Thanksgiving greetings with a special message from Fr. Tim and members of our parish staff. Please click here to view this short video. It includes this prayer, which we share if you would like to use as you gather in this most unusual of years:

Prayer for the Thanksgiving Holiday 2020

 
Loving and merciful God, we place ourselves in your presence as we gather to celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday.
 
In this most unusual of years in which we celebrate without the presence of many family, friends, and loved ones, we place our faith in the promise that you are with us always in the depths of our hearts and that we are connected in a mysterious, yet real way as the mystical Body of Christ.
 
Help us to acknowledge the suffering and the Crosses that have filled all of our lives in this past year. We hand over to you the pain that we or loved ones have experienced of death, illness, loneliness, fear, anger, despair, and doubt.
 
At the same time, help us to give thanks for the blessings we have received often in the smallest and most hidden of ways. We lift up to you our tired and hurting hearts, but hearts that are still grateful for the blessing of life, health, faith, family, friends, and the strength to persevere yet another day.
 
Watch over our health care workers, first responders, and those working on a cure or a vaccine for the coronavirus. Purify our land from every sin of abuse, racism, and injustice.
Grant wisdom and prudence to all of our civic and church leaders.
Bestow upon all of us the graces of peace, healing, forgiveness, and trust always in your providence.
 
Through the powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, all the angels and saints, we make this prayer through Jesus’ name. Amen.

Video Mass for Sunday, November 29th. Here is the recorded Mass for this upcoming Sunday (First Sunday of Advent). 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 cantor Amy Sobczak for their efforts in making our prayer as beautiful as possible.

In Person Mass. Our Mass schedule can be found on the Reopening and Mass Times pages of the parish website. Please be sure to register online to attend an in person Mass. Registration can be found on the Reopening page of the parish website. The link is included every week at the bottom of this newsletter.

At-Home Advent Retreat. Advent is a time to prepare our hearts for our Lord, Emmanuel, which means “God-with-us.” During this pandemic and safer at home, people have been finding creative ways of using their time. The At-Home Advent Retreat was developed to offer you time to dwell in the great love that came down at Christmas. Click here to view and print the At-Home Advent Retreat Booklet. If you know someone who does not have internet access and would like a copy of this booklet, please contact Terri Balash, Director of Pastoral Care, at and one will be mailed to them. Have a blessed Advent.  

Advent Giving Tree. Blessings on the beginning of your Advent journey! Each parish will be hosting an Advent Giving Tree once again this year. The communities of Old St. Mary, Our Lady of Divine Providence, and Three Holy Women will once again be supporting the ministries of The Guest House of Milwaukee, La Causa Crisis Nursery, and St. Vincent de Paul. Instead of taking a tag off of the tree at Mass, please see the attached flyer for each agency’s “wish list.” Attach a tag with the agency name, then simply return your unwrapped gift to any Mass between now and December 12/13 OR drop off your unwrapped gift at the Three Holy Women Parish Office (1716 N Humboldt Ave) during our current business hours (M, T, Th 8-3).

Members of Sts. Peter and Paul are encouraged to ship their gifts for the Advent Giving Tree directly to St. Ben’s Meal Program and The House of Peace. You can find detailed information in the flyer attached here.

Also, although the Old St. Mary/Cathedral Conference of St. Vincent de Paul has opted not to be a part of this year’s Advent Giving Tree, please know that they welcome contributions to their Christmas Food Voucher mailing to their neighbors in need. You can send contributions to the Christmas Food Voucher mailing by mailing your check to St. Vincent de Paul with “Christmas Food Voucher” in the memo line to 831 N Van Buren Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202.

Thank you for your generous gifting for our neighbors!

Riverwest Food Pantry. “A huge THANK YOU to all of you in our Community of Generosity that made this year’s Thanksgiving Giveaway the most successful one yet! With your help, we were able to give 459 families what they need for an entire Thanksgiving meal! We are amazed at the heart and care shown by everyone at the Family of Four Parishes and are so grateful for your continued support and involvement. From your family here at the Riverwest Food Pantry, we wish you a blessed Thanksgiving!”

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 (SS Peter & Paul Parish, 2491 N Murray Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211), and our parish staff will process these.

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

Sincerely, with love,
Fr. John


November 25 Thanksgiving Message and Weekly Updates
November 19 Thanksgiving Message and Weekly Updates
November 12 McCarrick Report and Weekly Upates
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 of 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