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March 11, 2021
 
Dear Friends,
 
During the season of Lent, Fr. John and I have asked our staff to reflect on the Stations of the Cross. We will be praying for all of you during this holy season.
 
Love,
Fr. Tim
 
The Seventh Station: Jesus Falls the Second Time
 
“See you next time!” the smiling second grader sang as she skipped out the church doors. She had just received Jesus’ gift of the sacrament of penance for the first time. The burden of doing a hard thing had been lifted off of her, and she was light as a feather as she bounded out into the world! I have no doubt her joy radiated into the lives of the people she encountered that day.
 
Jesus, disfigured and bloodied by our sins, fell under the weight of the cross a second time. But he did not stay down under the cross. He rose with determination to finish his journey, to fulfill the New Covenant he would establish in his death and resurrection. As we continue to draw closer to Jesus on the cross this Lent, we remember that God never tires of forgiving and pouring his endless mercy upon his children. As we rise up, taking up our own crosses once again to follow him, we can leave our burdens with Jesus. Then we too can go out into the world, freer to share God’s love and mercy with the world.
 
Come Holy Spirit, stir in me so that I may see how my sins bind and imprison me time and again. Free me from the bondage of these sins with your everlasting love, that I may better love others by feeding the hungry, giving water to the thirsty, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and doing your good works while seeing Christ in every person. Amen.
 
The Eighth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
 
It’s not been my experience that mothers need to be instructed to weep for their children, to live in their children’s suffering as well as their own, or to worry about their children’s futures. It happens quite naturally. Yet this is what Jesus counsels the women of Jerusalem to do when he encounters them weeping and lamenting as he makes his way wearily through the crowd. Jesus did not wallow in self-pity; rather, he trusted in his Father’s plan of salvation for a sinful, broken world. It was this trust that gave him the strength to rise up and carry on each time he fell under the weight of the cross.
 
I have lost count of how many times I have been in a Beacon Moms group and a woman reveals a recent worry, stress, loss, or deep suffering within her family, and another woman (sometimes a near-stranger) responds by drawing near and tenderly sitting in her suffering with her. Sometimes there is a relatable experience shared between the women, and oftentimes there is silently (or tearfully) shared compassion within the group. Time and time again, I see this shared suffering strengthen relationships of mothers merely because others put their own needs aside and lift up another when they most need support. Reflecting on this station along Jesus’ way, I wonder if perhaps the compassion that the women showed Jesus strengthened him to continue in the same way I have so often seen compassion flowing in Beacon Moms groups.
 
How can I extend myself to be with others in their suffering? How can I offer my own suffering to Christ so that I can do the work he needs me to do in the world?
 
Mamie Riyeff, Family Ministry Coordinator
Video Mass for Sunday, March 14th. Here is the recorded Mass for this upcoming Sunday (4th Sunday of Lent). 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 Meggie Moyer, and our cantor Amy Sobczak for their efforts in making our prayer as beautiful as possible.
 
In Person Mass. Please be sure to register online to attend an in person Mass. Our Mass schedule and registration links can be found on the Reopening and Mass Times pages of the parish website. The links to those pages are included every week at the bottom of this newsletter.
 
Eat, Drink & Be Catholic @Home. On Wednesday, March 10 we welcomed Anne Haines, Episcopal Representative for Pro-life Urban Ministry, and Laura Hancock, Director of Social Justice and Outreach Ministries for the Family of Four Parishes. Anne and Laura explored our Lenten Almsgiving Project in light of our theme, “Possibility of Encounter.” The recording of the conversation is now available on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/Tu1mzFqE3Pw. If you’d like to support this year’s Lenten almsgiving, please write a check out to your parish and put “Lenten Almsgiving” in the memo line.
 
Stations of the Cross to Open Wide Our Hearts. In addition to the written reflections shared above, we also invite you to experience the Stations of the Cross in a new, pandemic-inspired way, as a series of brief videos that make use of an outline written by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops as an accompaniment to their 2018 pastoral letter, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love. These Lenten videos will begin on March 15 and will be published on our Family of Four YouTube Channel. You may opt-in to receive a daily email for 14 days of Stations by self-registering at tinyurl.com/LentenStations2021. We invite you to use these reflections on social justice to enrich your Lenten journey. If you have questions, please email Laura Hancock at hancockl@archmil.org. Click here to view the flyer.
 
Lent Webpage. Visit our Lent webpage at ssppmilw.org/lent-2021 for details on this year’s theme, almsgiving project, events, and more. Updates will be posted throughout Lent to support prayer, fasting, and almsgiving as we find hope in the possibility of encounter. If you’d like to support this year’s Lenten almsgiving, please write a check out to your parish and put “Lenten Almsgiving” in the memo line.
 
Bulletin. Please be sure to read the Family of Four Parishes Bulletin to get this week’s updates! Click here to view the bulletin or click the picture below.
 
Catholic Stewardship Appeal. The Catholic Stewardship Appeal offers a unique opportunity to support Catholic life throughout the ten-county Archdiocese of Milwaukee with a single gift—a gift that helps sustain a broad spectrum of life-changing ministries and programs that meaningfully impact people’s lives. Contributions to the annual $8.1 million Catholic Stewardship Appeal are restricted for use in four key areas of ministry: Serving Those in Need; Strengthening Parish Ministries and Promoting Evangelization; Supporting Catholic Schools and Parish Religious Education; and Forming Priests, Deacons and Fostering Parish Leadership. Dollars raised within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee stay here and are used solely for the purpose of supporting its ministries and programs. Many of these programs have no other means of financial support and their reach extends well beyond what any parish or school can provide on its own. Your generosity makes a real difference in people's lives and in the Church. Every gift makes a difference, no matter the amount. You can view this year’s video and find donation information at www.catholicappeal.org.
 
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; kitzket@archmil.org) or Fr. John (Cell: 414-305-3824; baumgardnerj@archmil.org) if you need anything! Be assured of our love and prayers.
Please be sure to check the parish website for the most current updates:
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