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June 18, 2020
 
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” (LaoTzu)

Dear Friends,

As we continue to live these days of upheaval, be it from a virus or the absolute injustice of racism and violence, it goes without saying we have a long journey a head of us. There is so much work and learning and conversion and repentance and healing that needs to be done.

The metaphor of a journey has always held meaning for us as believers in a God whose only Son walked the earth challenging and consoling us that there can be better ways to be healthy and holy human beings.

We must start, and as your priests and staff of the Family of Four Parishes, we promise we have started. Maybe small steps, but always forward, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, the Life.

Please check our websites for continual updates as to how we are praying, learning, acting as regards the painful issues that could divide us, and we pray to the Holy Spirit for unity and guidance as we move forward.

We are working together as a staff for the gradual reopening of churches for Mass. We are following every possible guideline for a safe opening. We will keep you informed through electronic media and parish mailings.

We continue to find ways for increased learning and formation through our programs so that the injustices of the past are met with the firm teaching of the Church on the dignity of every human person, and the call for just and equitable structures for the full flourishing of all.

We are currently developing collaborative relationships with those who, like us, seek direction and action in the ways of peace and justice for all.

We have begun. We have a long way to go. But we have the wonderful companionship of Christ in Mass and prayer. We have the intercession of those saints of old who showed us that faith, hope, and love are essential, and in the end will lead to God’s Kingdom. We have the determination to move forward and seek to persevere with courage, endurance, and yes, patience mixed with joy. The questions and issues are daunting. But we must start.

Eat, Drink and Be Catholic @Home: My Brother's Keeper. On Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 pm, Sean and Chad will welcome Michael W. Adams, Milwaukee JobsWork Director - Employee Development. Michael will help us move forward our conversation on racial justice and Catholic social teaching in light of current events and his own experiences. Email Chad Griesel (grieselc@archmil.org) to RSVP and to receive the Zoom link.

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 21. Here is the recorded Mass celebrated by Fr. Tim and Fr. Joe for this upcoming Sunday (12th Sunday in Ordinary Time). 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 (SS Peter & Paul Parish, 2491 N Murray Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211), 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
Please be sure to check the parish website for the most current updates.
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