December 3, 2020
“Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, and sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, My Mother! To thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.”
As we celebrate our nation’s Patroness on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, I am reminded of the key place Mary plays in the unfolding of salvation, and her important place in my life as a priest. The Memorare, set forth above, was taught to me by my mom at a very early age, and has guided me through many a tough time.
How wonderful for all of us and our nation, especially during these times of great struggle, uncertainty, fear and doubt, to have such a powerful intercessor, watching out for us and offering comfort and hope! This Advent time is an especially appropriate time for us to renew our love for Mary and to renew our trust in her love for us as she leads us closer to her beloved Son Jesus.
Our nation needs Christ more than ever, and with Mary holding us close, like she did the child Jesus, all will work out!
Pray, pray, pray!
Video Mass for Sunday, December 6th. Here is the recorded Mass for this upcoming Sunday (2nd 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.
In Person Mass. Our Mass schedule and registration links 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. Links are also included every week at the bottom of this newsletter.
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.
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, December 9 at 7:00 pm. As we continue to explore this year’s theme, “From Social Distance to Encounter,” Vincent Noth will share how the Riverwest Food Pantry invites each of us into a “Community of Generosity.” 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.
Listening with an Open Heart. If you haven't yet signed up to join this weekend's, "After the Election: The Role of Listening with an Open Heart," being sponsored by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Jewish Community Relations Council, please do so now! You're not going to want to miss this participatory workshop facilitated by members of Parker Palmer's Center of Courage and Renewal. You'll be inspired to bring healing into our hurting world. You can find more information and how to register on the attached flyer. Please join us!
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, highlighted below. Please review the "Wish Lists" on the attached flyer and then return your unwrapped gift with tag attached to any Mass or the Three Holy Women Parish Office (1716 N Humboldt Ave) before December 12/13. Our current business hours are M, T, and Th 8-3. Thank you!
La Causa Inc.'s Crisis Nursery & Respite Center has served for more than 29 years as a safe haven for the community. They provide the most basic needs - clothing, food, and shelter to our community’s youngest and most vulnerable members of society – our children. La Causa Crisis Nursery is open 24 hours a day/365 days a year, and provides support to children age birth to 12 years old when family emergencies arise, such as homelessness, domestic violence, medical needs or more -- like when a mom has post pregnancy complications and needs to go back into the hospital -- her newborn is safe and sound with us. The Crisis Nursery & Respite Center is the only state licensed center of its kind in southeast Wisconsin. They care for up to 12 children each night, and children can stay for up to 72 hours at no cost to the family. We are a resource in the community helping families avoid exposure to traumatic, crisis situations that could leave long-lasting, detrimental effects on a child’s emotional, mental and/or physical well-being.
The Guest House of Milwaukee is located on North 13th Street between Juneau and McKinley Avenues in the King Park neighborhood. Guest House of Milwaukee is the largest publicly funded homeless shelter in the city and has been leading the community in ending the cycle of poverty in their clients' lives for nearly forty years. They supply their guests with more than just short-term basic needs by identifying a path forward to becoming a productive member of society.
St. Vincent de Paul - Members of the Six Saints Conference are continuing to make home visits to individuals and families within our service area of our church neighborhoods. We are following safe distance practices by making ’phone visits’ or visiting on porches rather than indoor home visits. We provide for the basic needs of those experiencing economic distress, including beds, furniture, some appliances, and household items. We also provide resource contacts for information about other possibilities for assistance. One of our most important gifts to leave behind is a feeling that someone cares and that there is hope.
The Holiday Giving Tree at Sts. 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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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,