From the Desk of the Pastor
The church doors are OPEN!
God is waiting for YOU!
Over the past few months, I would venture to say that many of us have come to the realization that we may have taken some things for granted in the past. Many of our “normal” routines have been turned upside down. Maybe, we have come to prioritize those things that are most important moving forward? Structure is necessary. During this crazy time, it is important to set up a routine for everything, so that we can feel something of a “new normal.”
Prayer, the celebration of Mass, exercise, rest, reading, can all be a part of fostering self-care. Our scrolling sign at the entrance of St. Stephen’s says, “The Church doors are open, God is waiting for you.” We might reflect on Psalm 91: “Upon you no evil shall fall, no plague approach where you dwell. For you has he commended his angels, to keep you in all your ways.” We need to trust without worry. This has been a real time of cleansing, a real Lenten sacrifice and journey beyond our daily routines.
As we continue to nourish our physical bodies with food, we need to nourish our souls with spiritual food, the Holy Eucharist. If we only feed the physical and starve the soul, we are in danger of losing our intimate relationship with God. So, indeed, the Church doors are open, we are taking every precaution by utilizing face masks, hand sanitizer, social distancing, and the entire sanitation of our worship space and restrooms after every Mass. God is waiting for you!
From the Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki - Summer Separation
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I am sure that many of you share the same experience that I have had: driving away from the residence, getting all the way to the expressway or some point in your travels, and then discovering that you do not have your wallet. Panic-stricken, you turn around and lose over half an hour in travel time, but you can’t be without your driver’s license and at least a few dollars or credit cards for emergency purposes. Then, there is the discovery when you search to make a phone call or retrieve an address that you left your cell phone back at the house. It’s stressful to have something which you need for peace of mind to be missing from your immediate grasp.
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee
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