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February 25, 2021

Dear Friends, 

During the season of Lent, Fr. John and I have asked our staff to reflect on the Stations of the Cross. We will be praying for all of you during this holy season.

Love,
Fr. Tim

The Third Station: Jesus Falls for the First Time

Walking through the Stations of the Cross at Holy Hill with our young daughters, we paused at each one to explain what the station depicted. It didn’t take long for my toddler to notice a pattern, related to her own life experience, which became her mantra for the rest of the day: “Jesus fell down.” Over and over, she repeated those words. This was something she could relate to, a connection to her own life experience of falling down again and again, skinning her knees, unbalanced by the weight of her impulsive desire to do things her own way, to satisfy her need for autonomy, which so often sends her careening out of control. (Quite literally. They don’t call them “toddlers” for nothing.)

The difference, of course, is that Jesus falls, crushed by the weight of our sins, not his own. The weight of our impulsiveness, our greed, our need to seize control of our lives which so often results in us becoming unbalanced, careening out of control, hurting ourselves and those around us. Everyone we encounter has had this experience of falling down. Reflect on the love that drove the Son to enter our weak and vulnerable condition, that drove him to skin his knees for us. What burden causes you to stumble as you follow Jesus? Are you ready to ask Jesus to bear it away – to give him control of your life? To help you see and love others as Jesus sees and loves them?

Rachel McGrew, Associate Director of Family Ministry and Religious Formation

The Fourth Station: Jesus Meets His Mother

My youngest son is by far the most adventurous yet accident-prone of my three children, which is an unfortunate combination of traits to have. I will never forget the two ER visits that resulted in stitches and staples in his head. As a mother, my heart aches whenever I know that my child is suffering and I would do absolutely anything to take away their pain. That’s what mothers do. When my children were younger, I would hug away their hurt and kiss their ouchies good bye. I wish it was that easy now. As my children grow older, I know that I can’t protect them from all the heartache and challenges that they will face. My role is not to make it all go away but to listen and ask questions which help them navigate their next steps. As they become adults, my hope and prayer is that they will always go to their mother as a source of comfort and help during their trials of life.

When Jesus meets his mother on the side of the road after having fallen, imagine how much comfort he must have felt with her embrace and words of encouragement and faith. Mary’s trust in God didn’t take away her heartache, confusion, or grief but as she bore those things in her heart she remained hopeful in God’s love. Mary is our Mother who loves us and wants to provide us with comfort and reassurance when we are bearing our own crosses. Do you find yourself asking our Blessed Mother for help when you are struggling and need prayers?  How can you be a source of comfort and help to those around you who are struggling? Like Mary, do you accompany them with trust in God in your heart?

Anh Clausen, Director of Family Ministry and Religious Formation

Video Mass for Sunday, February 28th. Here is the recorded Mass for this upcoming Sunday (2nd Sunday of Lent). 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 Meggie Moyer, and our cantor Amy Sobczak for their efforts in making our prayer as beautiful as possible.

In Person Mass. Please be sure to register online to attend an in person Mass. Our Mass schedule and registration links can be found on the Reopening and Mass Times pages of the parish website.

Eat, Drink & Be Catholic @Home. Our Family of Four Parishes invites adults of all ages to our next Eat, Drink & Be Catholic via Zoom on Wednesday, March 10 at 7:00 pm. We will welcome Anne Haines, Episcopal Representative for Pro-life Urban Ministry, and Laura Hancock, Director of Social Justice and Outreach Ministries for the Family of Four Parishes. Anne and Laura will explore our Lenten Almsgiving Project in light of our theme, “Possibility of Encounter.” Email Chad Griesel at to RSVP and receive the Zoom link.

Lenten Almsgiving Introductory Video. In this video, we introduce you to the future site of the Archdiocesan Ministry Center at All Saints. Related to our Lenten theme of the “Possibility of Encounter,” we will be focusing our almsgiving campaign on supporting a positive first impression of the ministry center… the outside! We will be raising funds to update the landscaping of the building, providing new signage to welcome visitors and neighbors, and remove outdated barriers. You will hear from Fr. Tim Kitzke and Anne Haines about the history between our Family of Four Parishes and the neighborhoods of the central city that will be served in this ministry center. Additionally, you will learn more about the vision of the center moving forward. As one parishioner stated, “We are helping to facilitate the possibility of encounter in the future.” If you’d like to support this almsgiving campaign, please write a check to your parish and put “Lenten Almsgiving” in the memo line. Thank you!

Lent Webpage. Visit our Lent webpage at ssppmilw.org/lent-2021 for details on this year’s theme, almsgiving project, events, and more. Updates will be posted throughout Lent to support prayer, fasting, and almsgiving as we find hope in the possibility of encounter.

Bulletin. Please be sure to read the Family of Four Parishes Bulletin to get this week’s updates! Click here to view the bulletin.

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 Fr. Tim (Cell: 414-762-7986; ) or Fr. John (Cell: 414-305-3824; ) if you need anything! Be assured of our love and prayers.


February 18, 2021

Dear Friends,

During the season of Lent, Fr. John and I have asked our staff to reflect on the Stations of the Cross. We will be praying for all of you during this holy season.

Love,
Fr. Tim

The First Station: Jesus is Condemned to Death

This is how it all begins, sentenced like a common criminal, accused of crimes he has not committed. Yet, our Savior humbly accepts the criminality of all of humanity placed on His shoulders as our Passover lamb. It shakes me to think that just a few days previous, people from all walks of life were praising His name as Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. Now here they are, rejecting His name, casting blame on Him, and sentencing Him to die.

Lent is always a time for reflection. Reflecting on ourselves, reflecting on our relationship with God, thinking of ways we have been strong in faith, and ways that we have fallen in faith. Specifically with this First Station of the Cross, I think about an aspect of living our faith that I think everyone has dealt with in positive and negative ways: going with the crowd.

How often do I put a child lock on opportunities for evangelization and Truth? Probably more than I’d care to admit. But, it is in these moments that I remember that Jesus willingly knows there will be times in my life where I let Him down, and yet, he will still go to the Cross for me, for us! Yet, we are constantly reminded that even if we fall, there will be new opportunities in the future.

This Lent, let us call upon the Holy Spirit to provide boldness, strength, and courage when opportunities come our way. The opportunities will come, and when they do, let us have the strength to stand up for what we believe in, because we never know what hangs in the balance of our decision to speak truth, even if the crowd is against us.

I pray that God will be ever-present in our interactions with “the crowd” and to let His words be our words.

Blessings,
Nino Rebholz, Associate Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry

The Second Station: Jesus Carries His Cross

Our beloved Jesus is now bearing the heavy weight of the Cross on his body. He not only carries the burden of the Cross but all the heaviness and darkness of our sin and the sins of the whole world throughout time onto his shoulders. Jesus knew how hard this journey would be for him. The previous night in his distress in the Garden of Gethsamene Jesus fervently prayed not once but three times “My Father, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26: 39-44). Yet because of his surrender and obedience to his Father, Jesus willingly accepted what he knew will be a long and difficult road ahead and he now takes up the Cross with quiet humility, out of his love for all of us.

My dear mother was one of the most faith-filled people I will ever know. When my siblings and I were with her four years ago at the end of her life and she shared with us a message that I will never forget – she said that we should not be afraid of the cross and that the only way to be with Jesus is to walk towards the cross. I didn’t know how that message would impact my life until this last year when I felt the burden of many crosses on my shoulders. We will all experience trials and tests in life but the true test will be if it brings us closer to Christ. God will never give us a cross that is too heavy or a challenge too difficult for us if we remain close to him in prayer and reach out for help. He will always be there to comfort and give us hope on the journey because it is through the Cross that we can have eternal life and happiness with our Lord – AMEN to that!

Blessings on your Lenten journey,
Anh Clausen, Director of Family Ministry and Religious Formation

Video Mass for Sunday, February 21st. Here is the recorded Mass for this upcoming Sunday (First Sunday of Lent). 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 Meggie Moyer, and our cantor Amy Sobczak for their efforts in making our prayer as beautiful as possible.

In Person Mass. Please be sure to register online to attend an in person Mass. Our Mass schedule and registration links can be found on the Reopening and Mass Times pages of the parish website.

Lent Almsgiving Introductory Video. In this video, we introduce you to the future site of the Archdiocesan Ministry Center at All Saints. Related to our Lenten theme of the “Possibility of Encounter,” we will be focusing our almsgiving campaign on supporting a positive first impression of the ministry center… the outside! We will be raising funds to update the landscaping of the building, providing new signage to welcome visitors and neighbors, and remove outdated barriers. You will hear from Fr. Tim Kitzke and Anne Haines about the history between our Family of Four Parishes and the neighborhoods of the central city that will be served in this ministry center. Additionally, you will learn more about the vision of the center moving forward. As one parishioner stated, “We are helping to facilitate the possibility of encounter in the future.” If you’d like to support this almsgiving campaign, please write a check to your parish and put “Lenten Almsgiving” in the memo line. Thank you!

Lent Book Study. This Lent, our Family of Four Parishes will be hosting two online book studies as we explore our theme, “Possibility of Encounter.” Chad Griesel will be leading a group on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm and Laura Hancock will lead a group on Wednesday afternoons at noon. Both groups will be on Zoom and both will be reading and discussing Dr. Marcus Mescher’s book, The Ethics of Encounter: Christian Neighbor Love as a Practice of Solidarity. To sign up or to learn more contact Chad () or Laura ().

Lent Webpage. Visit our Lent webpage at ssppmilw.org/lent-2021 for details on this year’s theme, events, almsgiving project, and more. Updates will be posted throughout Lent to support prayer, fasting, and almsgiving as we find hope in the possibility of encounter.

Bulletin. Please be sure to read the Family of Four Parishes Bulletin to get this week’s updates! Click here to view the bulletin.

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 Fr. Tim (Cell: 414-762-7986; ) or Fr. John (Cell: 414-305-3824; ) if you need anything! Be assured of our love and prayers.


February 11, 2021

TURN AWAY FROM SIN, AND BE FAITHFUL TO THE GOSPEL!

Dear Friends,

As we enter the Forty Days of LENT, the crosses we have been carrying this past year, both individually and collectively, can make this Lent a particularly powerful time of conversion and new direction.

Jesus’ journey to the Cross is our journey, and he walks every step of the way with us!

As we find new ways of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, let us be ever aware of our dear friend Jesus urging us on to deeper trust that the Way ALWAYS leads to new and more meaningful life. Our staff is working hard to put together some ways to follow the Way even better! May all of us grow in the Way of Jesus as we find new and abundant ways to ENCOUNTER JESUS BY ENCOUNTERING EACH OTHER AND THE POOR!

A BLESSED LENT!

Video Mass for Sunday, February 14th. Here is the recorded Mass for this upcoming Sunday (6th 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 Meggie Moyer, and our cantor Amy Sobczak for their efforts in making our prayer as beautiful as possible.

In Person Mass. Please be sure to register online to attend an in person Mass. Our Mass schedule and registration links can be found on the Reopening and Mass Times pages of the parish website.

Ash Wednesday Masses. The Ash Wednesday Mass schedule is now published in the bulletin and on the Mass Times page of the parish website. Registration is required and closes February 16 at noon. Click the following link to go right to the registration site: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5041594.

Lent Book Study. This Lent, our Family of Four Parishes will be hosting two online book studies as we explore our theme, “Possibility of Encounter.” Chad Griesel will be leading a group on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm and Laura Hancock will lead a group on Wednesday afternoons at noon. Both groups will be on Zoom and both will be reading and discussing Dr. Marcus Mescher’s book, The Ethics of Encounter: Christian Neighbor Love as a Practice of Solidarity. To sign up or to learn more contact Chad () or Laura ().

Lent Webpage. Our Lent webpage is now live! Check it out for details on this year’s theme, almsgiving project, an at-home Ash Wednesday prayer service, and more. New information and updates will be posted throughout Lent. You can find it at ssppmilw.org/lent-2021.

Bulletin. Our bulletin recently relaunched with a new format! We now have one bulletin for the Family of Four Parishes. Please be sure to read it to get this week’s updates! Click here to view the bulletin.

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


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