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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.
 
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 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
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