February 4, 2021
“One must not think that a person who is suffering is not praying. They are offering up their sufferings to God, and many a time they are praying much more truly than one who goes away by themselves and meditates.” – Saint Teresa of Ávila
Peace of Christ. Though we have a God who promises to heal the brokenhearted, it is our daily experience of suffering that can make us wonder – where are you Lord? Why did you allow this to happen? What are you trying to say in all of this? In this Sunday’s Gospel, we hear not only how Simon Peter’s mother-in-law was sick with a fever, but also that so many others were in need of healing by Jesus. In fact, the passage tells us that the “whole town was gathered at the door”.
As we approach the year mark of the shut-down, I’ve been increasingly aware in recent days of the many people I have not been able to see for a long time. I can only imagine the areas in peoples’ lives that are in need of both physical and spiritual healing, as was the case in the Gospel. Perhaps the best thing I can do is to simply say – you are not alone! Please know that you are still remembered and prayed for. Our Lord desired to come close to those who were suffering and your priests and parish staff want to do the same. Thanks for your faithfulness! Even if it doesn’t feel like you’ve prayed much, as St. Teresa reminds us above – if you’ve suffered much, you’ve prayed much!
Video Mass for Sunday, February 7th. Here is the recorded Mass for this upcoming Sunday (5th 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. The links to those pages are included every week at the bottom of this newsletter.
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. Click the following link to go right to the registration site: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5041594.
Prayer Service for Hope and Harmony. We recently recorded a Prayer Service for Hope and Harmony and we provide a worship aid for this as well. This prayer service was developed to encourage us to live in the love of Christ and to give us ways that we can be the Body of Christ to each other at this tender time in history. We hope it inspires you and gives you the courage to help make changes that will create a country where all can live together in peace and justice. Thank you to all those involved in the planning and production of this beautiful service.
Spaghetti Dinner Drive-Through. St. Rita’s is taking their legacy Spaghetti Dinner and converting it to a Drive-Through for curbside pickup on Saturday, February 13 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. The proceeds from your order will be donated back to Three Holy Women Parish and its ministries! That’s right, you get a Valentine’s weekend meal without having to leave your car! Dinners at our Drive-Through will be limited so pre-ordering is required. Ordering is available until February 10 online at www.SRSpaghettidinner.com. If you have any questions, please call 262-289-2726.
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 or click the picture below.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Fr. Tim (Cell: 414-762-7986; email@example.com) if you need anything! Be assured of our love and prayers.
Sincerely, with love,