November 19, 2020
On behalf of Fr. Tim Kitzke, our pastor, Fr. John Baumgardner, our associate pastor, Chad Griesel, our pastoral associate, and our whole staff here at the Family of Four Parishes of Old St. Mary, Our Lady of Divine Providence, Sts. Peter and Paul, and Three Holy Women, please know of our love and gratitude as we celebrate the gift of Thanksgiving. You and your families and friends and all in our communities are held close in prayer as we continue to face the pandemic, the work for justice and peace, and the important efforts we make as we hold the poor in our hearts.
Please click here for an important message as we approach the great day of Thanksgiving. It includes the following prayer composed by Fr. John, which would be a good prayer for all of us to say as we celebrate in these challenging times in ways we never thought we would. God bless you!
Prayer for the Thanksgiving Holiday 2020
Loving and merciful God, we place ourselves in your presence
as we gather to celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday.
In this most unusual of years in which we celebrate without the presence of many family, friends, and loved ones, we place our faith in the promise that you are with us always in the depths of our hearts and that we are connected in a mysterious, yet real way as the mystical Body of Christ.
Help us to acknowledge the suffering and the Crosses that have filled all of our lives in this past year. We hand over to you the pain that we or loved ones have experienced of death, illness, loneliness, fear, anger, despair, and doubt.
At the same time, help us to give thanks for the blessings we have received often in the smallest and most hidden of ways. We lift up to you our tired and hurting hearts, but hearts that are still grateful for the blessing of life, health, faith, family, friends, and the strength to persevere yet another day.
Watch over our health care workers, first responders, and those working on a cure or a vaccine for the coronavirus. Purify our land from every sin of abuse, racism, and injustice.
Grant wisdom and prudence to all of our civic and church leaders.
Bestow upon all of us the graces of peace, healing, forgiveness, and trust always in your providence.
Through the powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, all the angels and saints, we make this prayer through Jesus’ name. Amen.
Video Mass for Sunday, November 22nd. Here is the recorded Mass for this upcoming Sunday (Feast of Christ the King). 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.
In Person Mass. Our Mass schedule 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. Registration can be found on the Reopening page of the parish website. The link is included every week at the bottom of this newsletter.
Riverwest Food Pantry Thanksgiving Meals. Now more than ever, neighbors in our community will need help to provide a Thanksgiving meal for their families. This year, to keep our entire community safe, the Riverwest Food Pantry is collecting financial donations for food gift cards instead of collecting non-perishable food items. They will be given out with generously donated farm fresh turkeys and fresh produce from their farm to make the meal complete for more than 400 families. Buy a Thanksgiving Meal for a family in our community by going to www.riverwestfoodpantry.org/thanksgiving-giveaway.
Making, Not Baking, the World a Better Place. The Three Holy Women Parish Christian Women are unable to safely have our annual Christmas cookie sale this year. Over the many years of the sale, we have been able to provide financial support for areas of need within the parish and in our neighboring community. In keeping with the spirit of the cookie sale, Fr. Tim has challenged us to raise sorely needed funds for our Central City parishes. To help us rise to his challenge, please complete the "order" form and return with your donation in lieu of a cookie order this year. Peace and blessings to you from the Christian Women Society! Thank you!! Click this link to take you to our “no cookie sale” flyer and order form.
Advent Giving Tree. We know that Advent quickly follows Thanksgiving and that many of you may be wondering if we will be having an Advent Giving Tree this year during the pandemic... and, we are! At Old St. Mary, Our Lady of Divine Providence, and Three Holy Women we will once again be supporting the ministries of La Causa Crisis Nursery, The Guest House of Milwaukee, and the Six Saints Conference of St. Vincent de Paul with our Advent Giving Tree. You can read about each of these ministries and their Wish Lists on the attached flyer. After purchasing your gift, please cut off and tape a "tag" onto your UNWRAPPED gift and return it to the collection box near the Advent Giving Tree while at Mass between November 28 - December 13. Alternately, you can drop your UNWRAPPED gift at the Three Holy Women Parish Office (1716 N Humboldt Ave) during our current business hours (M, T, Th 8-3).
As with so many things this year, the Holiday Giving Tree at SSPP has taken on a new look. While we will not be putting up a tree with tags, the opportunity to provide gifts to others will still be available. Toys and warm clothing will take the stage this year. Watch this space for more details to follow.
Lastly, although the Old St. Mary/Cathedral Conference of St. Vincent de Paul has opted not to be a part of this year's Advent Giving Tree, please know that they welcome contributions to their Christmas Food Voucher mailing to their neighbors in need. You can send contributions to the Christmas Food Voucher mailing by mailing your check to St. Vincent de Paul with "Christmas Food Voucher" in the memo line to 831 N Van Buren Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Thank you for your generosity!
After the Election: Listening with an Open Heart. As we continue to grapple with the challenges of our polarized society, please mark your calendars to join an important workshop entitled, "After the Election: Listening with an Open Heart," to be held on Sunday, December 6th from 2:00 - 3:30 pm. This event will be facilitated by two individuals from the Center for Courage and Renewal and will be based upon the work of Parker Palmer's 5 Habits of the Heart as found in "Healing the Heart of Democracy." This will be an interactive workshop on Zoom, involving both large-group presentations and small group dialogue. You do not need to read the book to join in the conversation. For a quick overview of Parker Palmer's 5 Habits of the Heart, please visit www.couragerenewal.org/habitsoftheheart. This event is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, the Wisconsin Council of Rabbis, and the Milwaukee Catholic-Jewish Conference. Please see the attached flyer or email Laura Hancock at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 (SS Peter & Paul Parish, 2491 N Murray Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211), and our parish staff will process these.
Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Tim (Cell: 414-762-7986; email@example.com) or Fr. John (Cell: 414-305-3824; firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need anything! Be assured of our love and prayers.