November 5, 2020
“I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” (Etienne de Grellet)
Autumn makes me mellow and nostalgic and definitely aware of the passing of time. With the pandemic, with the social unrest, with the division of an election, it feels like time is running out! And we seem to be stuck in a vortex of declining hope, at the whims of a seeming cold and chaotic universe.
And then in the blink of an eye, someone does something kind for me, a gesture or a comment, a gift or a message. And the world seems renewed and time sanctified!
In the end it is about goodness and kindness, now more than ever! One small act of kindness saves the world, as our Jewish brothers and sisters remind us. And we remember the absolute evil of Kristallnacht and the descent into the horrific time of the Holocaust.
In the end it is about goodness and kindness, now more than ever! We remember the sacrifices of our veterans who gave of themselves so that others might have life and freedom.
In the end it is about goodness and kindness, now more than ever! We pass this way but once, so let us do our part and help others to see that the coldness and chaos of the world can be defeated. Let’s bring out the best in each other, one small act of goodness and kindness at a time…
All Souls Remembrance Service. The Church, from its beginning, has always honored with great respect the memory of the dead. We believe that the ties of friendship and affection which knit us as one throughout our lives do not unravel with death. It’s been our tradition to remember all who have died. Due to the pandemic this year, our parish leadership decided to prerecord our All Souls Day Remembrance Service. This way we can still come together in prayer and stay safe. You can find the worship aid here. During the service, a special candle will be lit as we remember all of our beloved parishioners who have died within our Family of Four Parishes this year. We remember…View Names of all the Faithful Departed. The on-going pandemic is driving a wedge into how we say good-bye and mourn. A Bereavement Booklet has been prepared for you. This booklet has reflections, prayers, and rituals that might help you move forward in the grieving process. A Bereavement Support Group will be offered virtually beginning November 9th, see the booklet for more information. We also have an online Book of Remembrance this year. All of the above resources can be found on our website at ssppmilw.org/all-souls-remembrance. Please contact Terri Balash at email@example.com or 414-469-6173 if you have any questions.
Video Mass for Sunday, November 8th. Here is the recorded Mass for this upcoming Sunday (32nd 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.
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 in the dark blue box at the bottom of this newsletter.
Eat, Drink & Be Catholic @Home. Our Family of Four Parishes invites adults of all ages to our next Eat, Drink & Be Catholic Zoom call on Wednesday, November 11 at 7:00 pm. Professor Marcus Mescher will reflect on this year’s theme, “From Social Distance to Encounter,” in light of his book, The Ethics of Encounter: Christian Neighbor Love as a Practice of Solidarity. Contact Pastoral Associate Chad Griesel at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link. The conversation will also be recorded and posted on our Family of Four Parishes YouTube channel.
Riverwest Food Pantry Thanksgiving Meals. We are nearing the celebration of Thanksgiving…Now more than ever, let’s help to provide a Thanksgiving meal for our neighborhood 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. Buy a Thanksgiving Meal for a family in our community by going to www.riverwestfoodpantry.org/thanksgiving-giveaway.
Building Relationships with our Jewish Brothers and Sisters. We shared in some wonderful Lenten learning and building of relationships with our Jewish brothers and sisters during this past Lent. As we are now nearing the end of our liturgical year, let us continue our learning and building of community between us. You are invited to a number of upcoming events:
This weekend the Holocaust Education and Resource Center will be hosting an online commemoration of the pogrom of November 9 and 10, 1938, known as Kristallnacht. Wisconsin local Ms. Hilde Adler, who experienced Kristallnacht first-hand and escaped Nazi Germany with her family six months later, will be featured in this program so that the world may never forget the magnitude of violence the Third Reich unleashed against the Jews. Individuals from all religious backgrounds are invited to join us in gathering online as a community to recognize the devastating consequences of all forms of hatred and intolerance. Please follow this link to join the program on Sunday, November 8th at 3:00 on Facebook Live.
Please consider registering for the upcoming Fall Jewish Studies Seminar for Christians being held virtually through the Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. The first seminar entitled, "What Do Jews Believe About Death and Dying, Salvation, and Forgiveness?" will be held on Wednesday, November 11th. This is a three-part series. You can find more information and register at https://www.shsst.edu/luxcenter-eventsandnews/.
Lastly, an event entitled, "Post Election Care for the Other: Listening with an Open Heart" will take place on Sunday, December 6th from 2:00 - 3:30 pm. This program will be based upon the 5 principles found in Parker Palmer's book, Healing the Heart of Democracy. This event will be participatory and facilitated by members of the Center for Courage and Renewal and is being sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and Wisconsin Council of Rabbis. Please see the attached flyer or RSVP for Zoom link: AllisonH@MilwaukeeJewish.org or (414) 390-5781.
St. Vincent de Paul. Six Saints Conference – My name is Sophie Paruzynski and I attend Divine Savior Holy Angels High School. My mom is a member of the Six Saints St. Vincent de Paul Conference. For my service project this year, I will be collecting and packaging feminine hygiene products for the women and teenage girls that St. Vincent serves. Access to these particular products is not easy to come by for low income families. Please consider contributing the following items: deodorant, panty liners, sanitary pads, tampons, and soap. You can drop off the items at the Three Holy Women Parish Office (1716 N Humboldt Ave) on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. Thank you for helping us help others. To learn more, please contact the Six Saints (THW, OLDP, SSPP) Conference President Laurie Jacobs at 815-861-4645. Contributions to the Cathedral/Old St. Mary Conference of St. Vincent de Paul can be mailed to 831 N Van Buren St, Milwaukee, WI 53202.
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 me (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.
Sincerely, with love,