2490 N Cramer Street, Milwaukee, WI 53211
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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates

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Parish Email Newsletter

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September 2, 2021

“Thus says the Lord: Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not!” (From the prophet Isaiah, ch. 35)

Dear Friends,

What a couple weeks it has been! As a Covid-19 survivor, my heart goes out in deep support for all still struggling with this awful disease, and in deep sympathy for all who have died, and with gratitude for all caregivers and those who so give of themselves in the medical and first-response community.

I also want to thank you dear parishioners and friends who helped me so much with prayers, cards, communication, food! I thank from the bottom of my heart Fr. John, Fr. Michael, Chad, and our amazing staff for allowing me the space and time for healing.

You know I got a lot of homily material in these past weeks of sickness, so you will be hearing stories, anecdotes, quips, complaints, and any other number of expressions for a long time to come!

But to show my hand a bit, and to tie things to the Holy Gospel this Sunday, I have discovered a new facet of my life with Jesus whom I love with all my heart: JESUS THE HEALER.

Having faced such limits, and listening these days to all the limits of Afghanistan, Haiti, Louisiana, the streets of Milwaukee, and all those limits we all face in the depths of our own broken and painful stories, I hear more loudly than ever the words of Jesus as he cured the deaf man: BE OPENED.

And I will trust the open and utter healing that only our Savior Jesus can bring.

Sincerely, with love,
Fr. Tim

As we continue to navigate these times as a Family of Four Parishes, we’d like to share the following updates:

  • If you or others you know are more comfortable at a fully masked Mass, beginning Saturday, September 4, masks will be required at the 5:00 pm Vigil Mass at Saints Peter and Paul.
  • If you would prefer to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, please receive at the end of the Communion line and receive from the priest.
  • We are working on the possibility of livestreaming Mass and hope to have more details to share soon.

Thank you for your continuing charity and understanding in these days!

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.


August 11, 2021

Dear Friends, 

Peace of Christ. This past Monday, August 9th, our Pastor Fr. Tim Kitzke began experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. He began a self-quarantine, was tested, and learned late on Tuesday, August 10th that he tested positive for the virus. Thankfully, he is resting peacefully at his residence at Holy Rosary Church and has no need of additional medical care. 

We’re grateful for the assistance of our priests and staff who have already made arrangements to cover his weddings, funerals, Baptisms, and parish Masses during this time. We’re blessed by a wonderful team who are working hard to ensure things will run smoothly in his absence! Please keep Fr. Tim in your continued prayers and we ask for your patience as he recuperates. 

Fr. Tim is fully vaccinated and did not experience COVID symptoms until Monday, August 9th, but we communicate all the same that he was the Presider for the 4 PM and 10 AM Masses at OLDP-St. Casimir this past weekend. Should anyone test positive for the virus because of a possible contact with Fr. Tim at these Masses or in any other way, kindly contact the parish office to make us aware. 

Entrusting Fr. Tim and all of us during this unusual time to Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, we remain, 

Sincerely Yours in the Lord, 

Chad Griesel, Pastoral Associate, Fr. John & Fr. Michael, Associate Pastors


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 ssppmilw.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 (SS Peter & Paul Parish, 2491 N Murray Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211), 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 24 Weekly Message from Fr. John
June 17 Weekly Message from Fr. John
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 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