August 27, 2020
“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and the struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
(Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
My heart is heavy with the shooting of Jacob Blake and the violent eruptions in Kenosha and other cities. May he and his family know of our prayers, and may the continual search for justice bring about the peace that only the truth can lead to. May we, as Dr. King suggests, be tireless in our exertions and passionate in our concern.
The question is where is this all going? On the natural side of things I fear the chaos that seems to be surrounding us. But as a believer in Jesus Christ, I trust that somehow through the efforts of all people of good will, answers will come, answers not found in partisan politics or a philosophy in which “might makes right,” answers never rooted in violent response but in creative encounter, respect, and dialogue. And in prayer.
Friends, please pray ceaselessly. Please commit in your heart to never harbor any violence or prejudice or disrespect for anyone! Pray that Christ the Good Shepherd will take charge and guide us all in our efforts for justice and peace for all! Pray to be a good follower of Jesus, and a great leader for our fellow sheep, as we all walk this single road together, in deep and abiding hope and love.
Video Mass for Sunday, August 30th. Our wonderful way of praying together with our Mass on YouTube will continue indefinitely. You can access this week's Mass here and the Order of Worship can be found here. Please remember we are all together over the miles as the reality of the pandemic continues to unfold.
September Mass Schedule. In-Person Masses have been expanded as the Archbishop reminds us of our Sunday Obligation. I have written a letter to all of you which will arrive by mail soon. It can also be found on the website at www.oldsaintmary.org/reopening. As you discern what is the best way to fulfill your obligation based on your health and susceptibility to sickness and passing things on to others, we will have the following schedule beginning in September:
Sunday Mass Schedule:
Old Saint Mary
7:15 am Mass
11:30 am Mass
Our Lady of Divine Providence
3:30 pm Confession at St. Casimir
4:00 pm Vigil Mass at St. Casimir
10:00 am Mass at St. Casimir
Saints Peter and Paul
9:30 am Mass
7:00 pm Mass
Three Holy Women
3:30 pm Confession at Holy Rosary
4:30 pm Vigil Mass at Holy Rosary
10:30 am Mass at St. Hedwig
Daily Mass & Weekday Confession Schedule:
Monday–Friday, 12:05 pm at Old St. Mary
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, 11:30 am at Old St. Mary
Please note we will continue to follow all the safety protocols and limits for in-person worship the Archdiocese has set forth. Masks are required, social distancing, and due to limited attendance at Masses depending on the size of the church, signup for weekend Masses through the website is necessary. Signup can be found at www.oldsaintmary.org/reopening.
Thanks for your patience as we move forward.
Virtual Food Drive. We know that our parishioners are incredibly dedicated to supporting the ongoing ministry of the Riverwest Food Pantry. Although the pandemic has required the cancellation of all food drives for RWFP (including the physical donation of the “Item of the Week” at our parish Masses), we would like to support the Community of Generosity with a Virtual Food Drive. Instead of purchasing your Item of the Week and bringing it with you to Mass, all you have to do is visit https://yougivegoods.com/rwfp-familyoffourparishes-august, click on your parish, and then shop. We have only a few days left to meet our August goal of 2000 pounds of food, so let’s see what we can do! Thank you for your generous giving!! If you have any questions about this food drive, please contact Laura Hancock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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!
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: 414-762-7986; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Fr. John (Cell: 414-305-3824; email@example.com) if you need anything! Be assured of our love and prayers.
Sincerely, with love,