December 10, 2020
The first reading at Christmas Mass often reads: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light [...] For a child is born to us, a son is given us” (Isaiah 9). Realizing that many things in this year of 2020 have made it more difficult to see Christ’s light, we wanted to take this opportunity to once again extend our love, prayers, and support! As your Pastors, it is our joy to serve you along with our wonderful lay staff. We have been working hard to ensure your Christmas celebrations can still be filled with Christ’s light, peace, and joy. We share the following for your planning purposes.
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Mass Schedule 2020
|Old St. Mary
||THW - St. Hedwig
||Saints Peter and Paul
||OLDP - St. Casimir
Important Information for Christmas Masses - Please Read: We would be delighted to have you join us for Christmas Masses this year! Our procedures have allowed us to worship reasonably and safely these past few months. Thanks in advance for your cooperation with the following:
YouTube Christmas Mass. We understand that there are a variety of reasons why you may not be able to join for in-person Christmas Mass. Our YouTube Masses will continue indefinitely; please visit www.youtube.com/c/FamilyofFourParishes where our Christmas Mass will be made available by December 23rd.
- Registration is required to attend a Christmas Mass! We will not be allowing any “walk-ins” and ask that those who register bring a digital or paper copy of the registration. Visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4842357 or call the parish office to register.
- Please visit www.threeholywomenparish.org/reopening to view the current Mass Guidelines.
- All persons who register together are required to arrive at the same time (i.e. no saving seats ahead of time). Please kindly arrive 30 minutes before Mass begins.
- Last day to register for Christmas Masses is Sunday, December 20th - this will help greatly with our planning and we hope for yours too!
- Masks are required. Please put on your mask before entering the building.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything! Know of our love, prayers, and support during this time. We pray that the light and peace of the Lord Jesus may still fill your hearts this Christmas.
Ushers Needed, No Experience Required. We are still in need of ushers for Christmas Masses! If you can assist at Three Holy Women for the 3:30 pm Mass or at Our Lady of Divine Providence for the 3:30 pm, 6:00 pm, or 11:30 am Masses, please contact Mary Roberston at email@example.com. If you can assist at Saints Peter and Paul for the 3:30 pm, 9:00 am, or 11:30 am Masses, please contact Brian Eggers at firstname.lastname@example.org. No experience necessary!
Video Mass for Sunday, December 13th. Here is the recorded Mass for this upcoming Sunday (3rd Sunday of Advent). 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 cantor Amy Sobczak for their efforts in making our prayer as beautiful as possible.
At-Home Advent Retreat. Advent is a time to prepare our hearts for our Lord, Emmanuel, which means “God-with-us.” During this pandemic and safer at home, people have been finding creative ways of using their time. The At-Home Advent Retreat was developed to offer you time to dwell in the great love that came down at Christmas. Click here to view and print the At-Home Advent Retreat Booklet. If you know someone who does not have internet access and would like a copy of this booklet, please contact Terri Balash, Director of Pastoral Care, at email@example.com and one will be mailed to them. Have a blessed Advent.
Coping With the Holidays Booklet. With the loss of a member of your family, holidays and special occasions will be difficult. Holidays are often filled with traditions and memories of closeness. As we face these days without our loved one, the empty space they leave behind looms large in our hearts. By creating new traditions and understanding the common difficulties faced with the holidays, they can be easier to cope with. The Coping with the Holidays Booklet has been created to help in the healing process. Be gentle with yourself, and know of our prayers for you. Please feel free to contact Terri Balash, Director of Pastoral Care, at 414-469-6173 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advent Giving Tree. This year our Advent Giving Tree at Our Lady of Divine Providence, Old St. Mary, and Three Holy Women will be benefiting three agencies: La Causa Crisis Nursery, the Guest House of Milwaukee, and the Six Saints Conference of St. Vincent de Paul. You can find all the necessary information on the attached flyer. THIS WEEKEND is your final chance to return your unwrapped gift with tag attached to any Mass as the gifts will be delivered to the agencies on Monday for timely Christmas distribution. Thank you for your generous giving this Advent!
The Holiday Giving Tree at Saints Peter and Paul will have a different format this year. There will be no tree with tags to choose from. Instead, gifts will be delivered directly to the recipient organizations through their Amazon wish list. We are asking for toys for the House of Peace and long underwear for St. Ben’s Community Meal. Guidelines on purchasing items can be found in the attached flyer.
Christmas Food Vouchers. Lastly, the Old St. Mary/Cathedral Conference of St. Vincent de Paul welcomes 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!
New Social Justice Opportunities. We have to NEW opportunities for you to engage in the work of social justice this January:
Oplatki Christmas Wafers. There is a limited supply of Oplatki Christmas wafers in the parish office, available for an offering of $2.00 per packet of four. The parish office is open each Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, and you may stop by during those hours to pick them up. Oplatki will not be available this year in the churches.
- During the month of January, we will have the opportunity to look at the art and activism of Luba Lukova through a partnership with the Jewish Museum of Milwaukee! This four part series will explore how the medium of art engages with the work of social justice. Participants will be encouraged to think critically and creatively about the world around them. To learn more or sign up for this online series (that will take place on the four Tuesdays in January from 7:00 - 8:00 pm) please email Laura Hancock at email@example.com. You can also explore the exhibit at jewishmuseummilwaukee.org/luba-lukova-designing-justice.
- A NEW discernment and planning committee will begin meeting monthly, starting in January, to plan parish events to help us learn, grow, and engage in the work of racial justice. If you’d like to learn more, please email Laura Hancock or fill out this Google form to sign up.
Update on Mass Intentions. As many of you are aware, in these months of COVID, online Masses and the subsequent reduced number of in-person Masses, our Mass intention schedule was thrown into disarray. While we obviously want to honor all Mass intention requests, attempting to make up these intentions has proven quite challenging, as you might imagine. Our pastor has decided, therefore, to honor all of your requests that have not yet been offered (through the end of November, plus weekday Masses in December) by forwarding them to be offered by retired priests of the Archdiocese. Weekend intentions for December will be prayed for here in our parish, and we will resume accepting requests for Mass intentions for 2021 with our current Mass schedule. Due to the limited number of Masses, we are only able to receive one intention per family at this time. Thank you for understanding, and please know that your friends and family will be lovingly prayed for by our retired priests.
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 (Three Holy Women Parish, 1716 N Humboldt Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202), and our parish staff will process these.
Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Tim (Cell: 414-762-7986; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Fr. John (Cell: 414-305-3824; email@example.com) if you need anything! Be assured of our love and prayers.
Sincerely, with love,
Fr. Tim and Fr. John