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June 11, 2020
 
“I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us, and we change things.  (St. Mother Teresa)

Dear Friends,
 
As we continue to try to find our way these days through the tragic killing of George Floyd and the upheaval it has brought our communities and as we seek to express so much pain and determination to change things especially for communities who need support and healing, it goes without saying that we the Church need to wake from our sleep and make sure that the sin of racism is eradicated as it persists in so many ways.
 
As we continue to fight the Covid-19 battle, and work as hard as we can to defeat the spread of this deadly disease, we need to still be cautious and aware of the unknowable ways it can spread. We the Church need to take extra caution as we reopen churches and welcome public gatherings.
 
We need to support and pray for all those public servants and workers whose job is to lawfully and compassionately help us in both these struggles.
 
There is so much we need to do, but our challenge is to make sure that our efforts as people of faith must be grounded in prayer. May I ask you to take one more moment every day, even if it is a moment, and whisper a prayer to God to help us to find the way.
 
Then as expressed as part of our parishes’ plan, we can take the next step and learn about these pressing issues. Please check our websites for the many ways we are trying to provide resources. Ignorance is deadly; knowledge and informed consciences are life-saving.
 
Finally, we know these days have changed how we will act in the future—as your pastors and pastoral staff, we commit to further help lead the way. We are meeting regularly to discern and discuss how best we can serve. We will begin the consultation with Parish Council needed to make this truly a team effort.
 
Pray to be changed, and know that the way is He whom we call the Way!
 
Sign up for “JustMatters: Faith and Racial Equity” Small Groups. These times are deeply troubling for all of us. Many of us are feeling confused, lost, despondent, filled with rage and a profound sense of sadness. However, these times can also be filled with hope: hope for the healing of generational wounds, hope for personal and societal transformation fueled by love, and hope for our ability to participate in the building of God's reign on Earth. If you'd like to join together with other parishioners to learn more about Faith and Racial Equity, please consider joining a 10-week small group. These small groups will provide a safe environment, supported by prayer and the educational materials of JustFaith Ministries, where you will be able to challenge yourself to learn more about the experience of racism in our country while growing in love, community, and discerning your particular mode of social action. If you'd like to learn more, or if you are ready to sign up, please email Laura Hancock right away (hancockl@archmil.org). We are hoping to get these groups up and running as soon as possible... the need to be engaged is now!
 
Video Mass for Sunday, June 14th. Here is the recorded Mass celebrated by Fr. Tim for this upcoming Sunday (the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ). We provide a worship aid to help you better enter into the prayer of the Mass. We are thankful for the work of our liturgists Brian Eggers and Mary Robertson, and our cantor Amy Sobczak. Thanks also to David Vartanian and his son Blase of DV Productions for their tireless efforts in helping to make these filmed Masses possible.
 
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 either Fr. Tim (Cell: 414-762-7986; kitzket@archmil.org) or Fr. John (Cell: 414-305-3824; baumgardnerj@archmil.org) if you need anything! Be assured of our love and prayers.
 
Sincerely, with love,
Fr. Tim and Fr. John
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