Pastor's Letter - February 25, 2018


Today’s Gospel account – the Transfiguration of the Lord on Mount Tabor – has long been read in the Church’s liturgy at the beginning of Lent because of an early tradition which held that this event happened forty days before the Lord’s death on the cross on Good Friday. It is a remarkable event for several reasons. The vision of Moses (through whom God gave the Israelites the Law) and Elijah (the greatest prophet of the Old Testament) with the Lord indi- cates that Jesus is the fulfillment of all that the Law and the Prophets taught. Present are the same three Apostles who later were present at our Lord’s Agony in the Garden (Peter, James, and John). And the glimpse of the Lord’s Glory – His divinity breaking through His humanity – was meant to strengthen the faith of those three Apostles, who in turn were to strengthen the faith of their brothers.

Lent is a “Season of Grace”, a built-in spiritual retreat time. We are fortunate to have so many opportunities for spiritual growth in our parish and around the city. I encourage you to refer to the Lent Schedule (purple sheet) which you received along with my Lenten pastoral letter two weeks ago. Also, refer to our weekly bulletin for Lenten events here at SSPP and around the area. Our Lord spent 40 days in the desert fasting and praying: let us endeavor to be more like Him by the fervent embrace of our Lenten disciplines.

As your pastor, I have the responsibility to oversee the temporal goods of the parish, including the maintenance of our buildings. Therefore, I am establishing a Building & Grounds committee to assist me. To that end, I am having a meeting this Thursday, March 1, from 6:30-7:30pm in the church basement for any parishioners who have a practical knowledge with construction, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, roofing, landscaping, etc., and who are willing and able to share their expertise for the good of the parish. At this organizational meeting I will lay out my vision for our Building & Grounds Committee, and carefully consider recommendations from those attending the meeting.

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

Men of Christ Conference 2018


Men of Christ Conference 2018

The 12th Annual Men of Christ Conference will be Sat, Mar. 10, at the Miller High Life Theater in Milwaukee. Fathers, bring your sons. The theme of this year’s conference is “Persevering through the Storm” with powerful speakers Tim Staples, Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D., Fr. Cliff Ermatinger, & Dave Durand. The conference officially starts at 9am with confession & Adoration available all day. Lunch is included. The day concludes with the Vigil Mass at 4pm with Archbishop Listecki. More details on the flyers and forms in the back of church. Please contact Joe Rayles for special pricing at (715)712-3289 or (248)561-7528 or email at josephrayles@gmail.com.

Shadow Stations

Please join us Wed, Feb. 28 at 6:30pm in the SSPP school gym for Shadow Stations. Assumption High School Students will use theater & music to perform the Stations of the Cross. The Shadow Stations are a moving & rich devotional experience that will enhance you & your family’s Lenten journey.


Seven Sorrows Novena

The parish will be doing the Seven Sorrows novena on Fridays again this year, beginning this Fri, Feb. 2, at 5pm. Included with the novena will be Exposition, Adoration, concluding with Benediction. Confessions will be available as well.


Sesquicentennial Books

The books for our diocesan sesquicentennial anniversary have arrived! Called Feed my Lambs, this big, beautiful hardcover book about our diocese and its parishes and their history is available for $35 in the parish office. Any questions, call 715-423-1351.


See more in the Bulletin

Looking for a fish fry? Try the "Fish Frynder"

This year the Diocese of La Crosse has developed a "Fish Frynder" to make an complete directory of all the fish fries during Lent in the Diocese.

Check it out!

http://diolc.org/fishfrynder/

Pastor's Letter - February 18, 2018


The different seasons of the Church year present us with opportunities to express our faith in a variety of ways in accordance with our human nature. For example, this season of Lent is an occasion for disciplining our bodies and our spirits. Just as every athlete needs training to sharpen his skills and tone his muscles, so the Christian’s spiritual life needs training to “tone” his soul. Since God made us with a body and soul, it is natural and good that we discipline our bodies along with our souls. This is the benefit of ascetical practices (the “giving up” of certain good things which we enjoy, like sweets, television, etc.) Fasting, along with almsgiving and prayer, is the means to spiritual growth (as we heard in the Gospel on Ash Wednesday). Jesus spent forty days in the desert fasting and praying. The forty days of Lent are truly a Season of Grace, since we can become more like the Lord by following His example in prayer and fasting.

The special devotions during Lent help us to appreciate its penitential character. Please note that we have Stations of the Cross each Wednesday at 6:30pm, and the Novena of the Sorrowful Mother on Fridays at 5:00pm. We have an expanded schedule for the Sacrament of Penance during Lent (see bulletin and our parish Lenten Calendar) so that many more people might have the chance to receive the Graces of this Sacrament. Also, as we did during Advent, we will have a Holy Hour of Adoration from 4-5pm, with Solemn Evening Prayer (Vespers) each Sunday (concluding with Benediction). Have a Holy Lent!

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller

Shadow Stations - Feb. 28


Shadow Stations

Please join us Wed, Feb. 28 at 6:30pm in the SSPP school gym for Shadow Stations. Assumption High School Students will use theater & music to perform the Stations of the Cross. The Shadow Stations are a moving & rich devotional experience that will enhance you & your family’s Lenten journey.

PCCW Soup Sale

The PCCW of Ss. Peter & Paul will be sponsoring a home-made soup sale on Feb. 24 & 25. Choices of soup include ham & bean, chili, & chicken noodle at $7 a quart. You can preorder by calling 715-424-1776 or 715-423-5907 by Feb. 20. Soup can be purchased on Sat, Feb. 24, between 11am & 1pm in the church basement. On Saturday afternoon, soup will be available in the Holy Family Cenacle 3:30-4:30 & after 4:30pm Mass. Soup will also be available after the 7:00am & 10:00am Masses on Sunday.

Seven Sorrows Novena

The parish will be doing the Seven Sorrows novena on Fridays again this year, beginning this Fri, Feb. 2, at 5pm. Included with the novena will be Exposition, Adoration, concluding with Benediction. Confessions will be available as well.


Sesquicentennial Books

The books for our diocesan sesquicentennial anniversary have arrived! Called Feed my Lambs, this big, beautiful hardcover book about our diocese and its parishes and their history is available for $35 in the parish office. Any questions, call 715-423-1351.


See more in the Bulletin

Watch Bishop Callahan's Lenten Message



PCCW Soup Sale



PCCW Soup Sale

The PCCW of Ss. Peter & Paul will be sponsoring a home-made soup sale on Feb. 24 & 25. Choices of soup include ham & bean, chili, & chicken noodle at $7 a quart. You can preorder by calling 715-424-1776 or 715-423-5907 by Feb. 20. Soup can be purchased on Sat, Feb. 24, between 11am & 1pm in the church basement. On Saturday afternoon, soup will be available in the Holy Family Cenacle 3:30-4:30 & after 4:30pm Mass. Soup will also be available after the 7:00am & 10:00am Masses on Sunday.

Seven Sorrows Novena

The parish will be doing the Seven Sorrows novena on Fridays again this year, beginning this Fri, Feb. 2, at 5pm. Included with the novena will be Exposition, Adoration, concluding with Benediction. Confessions will be available as well.


Sesquicentennial Books

The books for our diocesan sesquicentennial anniversary have arrived! Called Feed my Lambs, this big, beautiful hardcover book about our diocese and its parishes and their history is available for $35 in the parish office. Any questions, call 715-423-1351.

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University Class

Due to inclement weather the Financial Peace University class scheduled to begin on Jan. 22 will instead start on Monday evening, January 29, at 7:30 p.m. If you're on the fence about taking this class please join in on the first meeting. There's nothing to gain except freedom to live, give, and save like no other! To register, use the linkhttps://www.fpucentral.com/classes/1054230/registration

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