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Parish Email Newsletter

We have been using the parish email newsletter to send out updates about the rapidly changing circumstances regarding COVID-19. If you haven’t received them that means we don’t have your current email address. The same updates can be found on the parish website, but if you’d like to be added to the email list please sign up at Also, if your email address or any other information has changed, kindly inform Lee Ann Blackmer, the office administrator, of those changes. Thank you!

We’re Reopening!

July 10, 2020

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”  (St. Mother Teresa)

Dear Friends,

As we move forward with the work of being a more just, equitable, and peaceful community, facing the sins of racism and inequity, and as we continue to struggle to deal with the burdens and dangers of a pandemic, remembering those who are suffering and those working so hard at the front lines, it might seem as if the tasks ahead seem so daunting that we are paralyzed.

Yet people of faith and good will know that we must do something, and even if it never seems enough, we face the ocean of complexity with drive, determination and hope founded in the Holy Spirit. Our Family of Four Parishes commits itself to the tasks at hand. Please see our websites and follow email blasts and postings to stay informed of opportunities for how you can do your “little” part.

We know that most of all, we need to commit ourselves to prayer and the Holy Eucharist. As we gradually reopen our churches for public Mass, thank you for your patience as we make the adjustments needed to do so prudently and safely. As always we will try to communicate as best as possible in these challenging circumstances.

Here are a few points for these next two weekends:

As stated, our main Mass is still the YouTube Mass. Though it is not perfect, it brings us together in prayer and worship over the miles.

Our staff has worked so hard in the gradual reopening of the churches. After the first weekend, things are in place for the rest of July and will help us make decisions about further expanding as more data comes in about the virus.

This Sunday’s 9 am Mass at Old St. Mary has hit capacity so we will not be able to fit in any more based on the Archdiocesan guidelines. If you want to attend an in-person Mass this weekend, there are still places available for the 4 pm Saturday Mass at St. Casimir. The sign-up deadline has been extended until 4 pm Friday. See the Our Lady of Divine Providence website for sign-up.

Next weekend, the Saturday 4:30 pm Mass on July 18 will be at St. Hedwig, not Holy Rosary (Air-conditioning!). The Sunday Ss. Peter and Paul Mass is 9:30 am.

Please continue to pray for the many needs of our city, state, country and world, remembering those who are struggling and suffering in any way. The ocean is large, but God is bigger!

Video Mass for Sunday July 12th. Here is the recorded Mass celebrated by Fr. Tim and Fr. John for this upcoming Sunday (the 15th 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.

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 either Fr. Tim (Cell: 414-762-7986; or Fr. John (Cell: 414-305-3824; if you need anything! Be assured of our love and prayers.

Sincerely, with love,
Fr. Tim and Fr. John

July 8, 2020 – Social Justice Updates and invitations for involvement!

“The contemplative journey is the most responsible of all responses to God because so much depends on it – the future of humanity, the healing of the wounds of humanity, our own deepest healing. It’s not just a method of meditation or a practice to find personal peace. It’s basically a total acceptance of the human condition in all its ramifications, including its desperate woundedness… [Humans can have] the light, life, and love of God… pouring through them, channeling a source of healing, compassion, and reconciliation wherever they go and whatever they do.”

~ Thomas Keating, Heartfulness: Transformation in Christ

Dear Friends,

There is a lot going on in our parishes as we continue to engage with the needs of our community in response to social unrest, the need for racial justice, and the ongoing societal needs that have become further entrenched as a result of the pandemic. Since our parish staff is always collaborating on many things, I wanted to take a moment to share with you some key initiatives that are happening in the realm of Social Justice and Outreach.

The response of our parish community to engage in the work of self-education, prayer, and challenging dialogue through our JustMatters: Faith & Racial Equity small groups has been immense. There are currently three groups that have already begun their journey together, three more are scheduled to start by the end of July, and there continues to be a waitlist of at least 30 more parishioners who want to join the conversation. Friends, this means that there are 100 people in our community who are digging in to the hard work of unlearning patterns of racism and are readying themselves to work towards building a more just and inclusive society.

We know, of course, that no matter how important the work of self-education, prayer, and dialogue may be to overcoming the sin of racism in our hearts and our world, that there must be action as well. As such, I’d like to invite you to join the Black Catholic Commission’s Walk for Racial Justice being held this Saturday, July 11th. People will be gathering at St. Francis of Assisi Parish (1927 Vel R. Phillips Ave, Milwaukee) at 9:00 a.m. before beginning the walk to the former site of Blessed Martin de Porres Parish (7th St. and Galena) and concluding at St. Benedict the Moor Parish (930 W State St., Milwaukee), for a distance of 1.3 miles. The purpose of this walk is to:

  • Publicly support and stand in solidarity with African Americans and members of the Black community, who suffer racial injustice.
  • Denounce the sin of racism and racial injustice.
  • Commemorate the commitment of the Catholic Church in Milwaukee to support African Americans and the Black communities through historic ministerial efforts of the following parishes: St. Benedict the Moor, Blessed Martin de Porres, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Boniface, and more recently St. Martin de Porres and All Saints.

Many people from our parish staff and parishioner community will be in attendance, so please consider attending!

We know that our parishioners are incredibly dedicated to supporting the ongoing ministry of the Riverwest Food Pantry. Although the pandemic has required the cancellation of all food drives for RWFP (including the physical donation of the “Item of the Week” at our parish Masses), we would like to support the Community of Generosity with a Virtual Food Drive! It’s easy! Instead of purchasing your Item of the Week and bringing it with you to Mass, all you have to do is visit, click on your parish, and then SHOP! It really is that easy… and will have a lasting impact on supporting the needs of our neighbors! We have set our first goal at 500 pounds of food, per parish, for the first month of this food drive. Let’s see what we can do, friends! If you have any questions, please just let me know and I’ll be glad to help. Thank you for your generous giving!!

Many other ministries are beginning to stretch their wings again as we move beyond the initial confines of the pandemic. Our St. Vincent de Paul – Six Saints Conference has been serving the needs of our neighbors in a limited capacity throughout the pandemic. They have noticed an increase in requests for assistance in recent weeks, so please keep their good work in your prayers as well as offering a financial contribution, if you are able. We are delighted that our weekly Hospitality Center at St. Hedwig’s will be re-opening in a modified format starting this Friday, July 10th! We will be offering pre-packed “lunch bags” as well as pre-packed bags of groceries to our neighbors. It will be so good to see one another again… even if in an outdoor, masked, and socially-distant manner! Also, if you haven’t yet heard, our partners at Habitat for Humanity are beginning group volunteer work again this month. Our Family of Four Parishes is grateful to be able to serve on Saturday, July 25th. Group size is limited to just 5 volunteers, but we plan to serve the 4th Saturday of each month through November, so please mark your calendars if you’d like to get involved! Lastly, I would be remiss to not mention the very important – and ongoing – work of our friends at Capuchin Community Services. Although their annual fundraiser, “Capuchin Walk for the Hungry,” will be occurring in a virtual format this year, it is very important that we continue to support the work of St. Ben’s Meal Program and the House of Peace. Please gather a team and sign up for the event being held the weekend of July 17-18. You can find more information at

As you can see, dear parishioners, there are many, many ways to engage with the needs of our community during this time. If you’d like more information – or if you’d like to get involved! – in any of these programs or initiatives, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me! I am so very grateful to have the opportunity to serve you and our Milwaukee community.

With true gratitude in my heart as I think of you,

Laura G. Hancock
Director of Social Justice and Outreach
(I have not yet returned to regular office hours, so feel free to leave a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I receive it!

Weekly Wellness Letter from Staff (from I’d Like to Help Form)
July 2 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim and Fr. John
June 26 Weekly Message from Fr. John
June 18 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim and Fr. John
June 11 Weekly Message from Fr. Tim and Fr. John
Pray, Learn, Act – June 2
May 28 Update from Fr. John
May 21 Update from Fr. Tim
Important Message About Reopening of Churches – May 18
May 14 Update from Fr. Tim
May 7 Update from Fr. Tim and Fr. John
May 1 Update from Fr. Tim and Fr. John
April 23 Update from Fr. Tim and Fr. John
April 16 Update from Fr. Tim and Fr. John
Holy Week at Home – April 7, 2020
April 2 Update from Fr. Tim and Fr. John
Letter from Fr. Tim and Fr. John – March 26, 2020
Letter from Fr. Tim and Fr. John – March 20, 2020
Letter from Fr. Tim and Fr. John – March 16, 2020
Letter from Fr. John – March 13, 2020
Archbishop Listecki’s Letters and Archdiocesan Updates