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October 1, 2020
 
Dear Friends,
 
Last week I had the opportunity to be away from the parish to make my annual five-day silent retreat. Thanks to Fr. Tim and our wonderful parish staff for the permission to be away! I spent my time at a retreat house up in the Green Bay diocese (for the record, no I am not talking about Lambeau Field!).
 
A newly founded women’s religious community called the Missionaries of the Word have their novitiate house on the same campus. On the last night after I had finished my retreat, the Mother Superior asked me if I had any graces from my time. I told her: “Mother, it sounds really simple, but it was an experience of being aware that God notices me.” She responded by telling me: “Well, if you’re in love, that’s all you want, right? To be noticed by the other and then in turn to notice them.”
 
I am painfully aware of the many, many burdens, anxieties, worries, and fears that are carried by anyone who reads these messages. In the midst of the confusing, hard narrative that has been the year 2020, let’s not forget about the meta-narrative that is still always there. That you are deeply, infinitely, profoundly, loved by a God who always notices you and isn’t going anywhere. Sometimes being a Christian isn’t as much about what we do, but rather giving God the opportunity to love us. You are loveable. You are good. Your efforts in the hiddenness of the daily grind are noticed. So if you can, give God the opportunity to love you this week. Pray! Come back to Mass! If it’s better to stay home and still watch YouTube Mass, do that! God doesn’t stop noticing us (though it seems like He’s been on vacation this year!), but sometimes we need to slow down a bit and be aware of our God who is madly in love with us.
 
Know of my prayers for a blessed week! Thanks for all that you are and do.
 
In Person Mass. Our Mass schedule for October will remain the same, and 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. The link to our Mass Registration and Guidelines can be found every week in the newsletter in the orange box below this letter.
 
Video Mass for Sunday, October 4th. Here is the recorded Mass for this upcoming Sunday (the 27th 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.
 
Faithful Citizenship. As we continue our journey of Faithful Citizenship, please read the attached document about the importance of forming our consciences. This helpful document also explains why the Catholic Church does not endorse particular candidates and offers support to individuals who may feel like no party or candidate adequately addresses moral issues.
 
Reset the Table. Please join All Saints Catholic Parish as they host a 4-part online series about racism entitled, "Reset the Table." The series begins THIS Wednesday, October 7th, so register right away at: https://archmil.regfox.com/setting-the-table. You can see the attached flyer for more information!
 
St. Vincent de Paul. St. Our Family of Four Parishes supports two conferences of St. Vincent de Paul. Our Six Saints Conference continues its ministry to our neighbors by offering various household items, furniture, and vouchers to people in need. Donations of physical items or monetary donations are accepted. Please reach out to Laura Hancock at hancockl@archmil.org for more information. Also, the Cathedral of St. John/Old St. Mary Joint Conference of SVdP is continuing to support our neighbors by mailing food vouchers to their regular recipients. If you would like to make a financial contribution to this ministry, please mail your donation to: St. Vincent de Paul Society, Cathedral of St. John/Old St. Mary Conference, 833 N Van Buren St, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Is the call urging you into service to those most in need? You are invited to contact Three Holy Women parishioner Laurie Jacobs at 815-861-4645 for information about the Vincentian mission. Thank you!
 
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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