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July 30, 2020
 
“Catholic education aims to not only communicate facts, but also to transmit a coherent, comprehensive vision of life, in the conviction that the truths contained in that vision liberate students in the most profound meaning of human freedom” (Pope Saint John Paul II)
 
Dear Friends,
 
This past Sunday we celebrated 8th grade graduation for our scholars of Catholic East Elementary. What a year it was for them! As I told them in the homily, unless next year’s graduating class goes on a class field trip to the moon, I don’t think anyone will be able to top their story of graduating during a global pandemic for a long time. Our school motto is “We pray! We serve! We learn!” I was grateful for the opportunity to be together in a socially distant way to honor the many ways the students have prayed, served, and learned during their time at Catholic East.
 
Can I ask a big favor? If you would, please take a moment this week to pray for all principals, school leaders, teachers, and staff. Schools all across the country are preparing to resume learning in these unprecedented circumstances and none of the decisions that accompany this re-opening are easy. We are so blessed at Catholic East by the leadership of our principal Mr. Tony Gonzalez! Also, I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new assistant principal Mr. Timothy Trzcinko. Our teachers and staff went above and beyond last year and they are committed to doing the same again this year. Our work of Catholic education is not just simply a communication of facts (though important!), but also a passing on of the gift of seeing ourselves, the world, and our neighbor through the “eyes of faith” in Jesus Christ. In our present times so filled with division and violence, our work of passing on this different vision of life through Catholic education has never been more important. Know of my prayers for all educators and I would humbly ask for yours too!
 
Video Mass for Sunday August 2nd. Here is the recorded Mass celebrated by Fr. Tim for this upcoming Sunday (the 18th 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.
 
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 through 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.
 
Virtual Food Drive. Guess what, parishioners? Your generosity in just three weeks has surpassed our initial goal for the Riverwest Food Pantry Virtual Food Drive...way to go, everyone!! As a result, we are going to re-boot the food drive to align with a monthly challenge system. So, starting on August 1st you can contribute to August's goal of 2,000 pounds for the Family of Four Parishes. Remember, this is instead of our "Item of the Week," since we are not able to accept physical donations at this time. Thank you, in advance, for your ongoing support of the Riverwest Food Pantry! You can make your donation here: https://yougivegoods.com/rwfp-familyoffourparishes-august   
 
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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