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June 10, 2021 
 
“Jesus said to the crowds: “This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and through it all the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.”  
(The Gospel of St. Mark, ch.4) 
 
Dear Friends, 
 
With all that has happened in these crazy days, I find myself saying more than ever: “I don’t know.” It seems as if things are more uncertain than ever, and the right direction is not always to clear since we not only have a huge amount of problems, we have a huge amount of opinions as to how the problems should be solved. Plus it seems that civil discourse has taken a nose-dive, and instead of trying to find a common vision of charity and unity, more than ever selfishness and division are chosen. 
 
So I have decided after reading this Sunday’s Gospel, I am replacing the phrase “I don’t know,” with the phrase “I WILL TRUST.” 
 
I will trust Jesus Christ and his incredible and powerful love. I will trust in people of good will trying their hardest to work together, even when we don’t agree, because Jesus the bridge-builder will remind us that he is in charge. 
 
I will trust that even the smallest attempt to plant even the smallest seeds of hope will produce abundantly because I will trust less in my own power and abilities, and more in Jesus and his love. 
 
I WILL TRUST. 
 
Have a blessed week, 
Fr. Tim 
Your Pastor 
Video Mass for Sunday, June 13th. Here is the recorded Mass for this upcoming Sunday (11th Sunday in Ordinary Time). We provide a worship aid to help you better enter into the prayer of the Mass. 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.
 
Recorded YouTube Masses Continue until June 20. For more than a year now, we have been sharing Masses on YouTube to minister to our four parish family during the pandemic. As we move forward with hope for a resolution to this pandemic, we have made the decision to end our YouTube Masses in June. We instead invite you to come to the in person Masses, which so wonderfully express our relationship to Jesus and to each other. Our last YouTube Mass will be June 20. We are so grateful for the ongoing support and engagement that people have shown over the past year. If you are unable to join us in person you can find links to other online Masses on our website at www.oldsaintmary.org/online-masses-and-devotions.
 
In Person Mass Changes. The City of Milwaukee’s mask mandate expired on June 1. In keeping with CDC guidance, masks will be optional at Masses if you are fully vaccinated. Those who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask. We will keep the ropes up and continue to socially distance at this time. Anyone who is uncomfortable removing their mask is still welcome to wear it. Other changes include lectors will return to reading at the ambo, the collection baskets will be passed during offertory, and the gifts will be brought forward from the back of church. If you are not already an usher, please consider volunteering to help make these changes possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we safely move forward in hope for an end of the pandemic. You can find the most recent Mass guidelines on the Reopening page of the parish website.
 
Bulletin. Don’t miss this week’s updates in the Family of Four Parishes Bulletin! 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. 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 Fr. Tim (Cell: 414-762-7986; tkitzke@ffpmke.org) or Fr. John (Cell: 414-305-3824; jbaumgardner@ffpmke.org) if you need anything! Be assured of our love and prayers.
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