Pastor's Letter - September 15, 2019

We marked the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attack on our country this past Wednesday, September 11. The passage of these 18 years does not diminish the shock, outrage, and anger that many rightly experienced after this deliberate assault against our country and the deaths of thousands of innocent people. Make no mistake about it: the direct and intentional killing of innocent people is evil. It is a moral evil, since it was the act of men, who are moral agents, but our response is also a moral issue. That is why we pray for our President and Congress to make good, prudent, and just decisions in the ongoing war against Islamist terror; and also why we pray for the members of our armed forces - and many others - who willingly place themselves in harms way to insure that we can live secure lives. The brunt of violent and radical Islamism seems to have shifted more to Africa, where our Christian brothers and sisters continue to suffer much from terrible attacks. Please continue to pray for them, and those in the Middle East, who witness to the Faith by the shedding of their blood. We must keep these unchangeable Christian principles always in mind: one must never do evil to achieve some good end; and one must never directly and intentionally kill the innocent. The anniversary of the terrorist attack should be the occasion to reflect upon those principles, and - aided by our Catholic Faith - to embrace them. The radical Islamist terrorists evidently do not believe or follow these truths. But we must.

What Is Catholic Stewardship? Stewardship is not simply making donations or taking care of the building and grounds. It is a spirituality – hence a way of life – made of four parts:

•Receiving the gifts of God with gratitude 
•Cultivating them responsibly
•Sharing them lovingly in justice with others 
•Standing before the Lord in a spirit of accountability 

Each one of us is responsible for determining how to live out this stewardship way of life. You will not be alone, however. Your fellow parishioners and Catholics around the Diocese are traveling together with you. Please pray for the success of the Diocesan Annual Appeal in our parish and throughout the Diocese of La Crosse!

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

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FNE Bread Sale & New Registration Weekend

FNE Bread Sale & New Registration Weekend
After all Masses, Sat-Sun, Sep. 28-29 @ SSPP
The Federation of North American Explorers will be starting a new year in Wisconsin Rapids.
FNE is a boy’s youth/scouting group that has Vatican approval. More info can be found at http://glacierlake.fnegroup.org or by emailing Scott Dempze at sdempze@tds.net.

Pastor's Letter - September 8, 2019

Jesus often uses hyperbole to stress an important principle. The passage from today’s Gospel is an excellent case in point. “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” A similar type of hyperbole is used by a mother to her son when she says, “I’ve told you a million times to clean this room!” So, Jesus doesn’t want us to literally hate our family members; after all He also told us to “love one another.” He uses this type of exaggeration in order to make clear that being His disciple comes first. If no other person comes before Jesus, certainly no other thing should come before Him. That is why Jesus also says, “In the same way, anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.”

To renounce possessions does not mean we should all live as beggars. If we did, from whom would we beg? No, it means that we use our possessions for the good of others (and our families and ourselves, too), and for the Glory of God. And not only our material possessions, but our time and our talents, too. This mandate of service to others must necessarily take on a concrete form. In two weeks we kickoff the 2019 Diocesan Annual Appeal. Look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves which is yours in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:3-5) Pray for the success of the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Pray also that God will give each of us a generous heart as we seek to meet the many needs of our parish, the Diocese of La Crosse, and throughout the world.

The kickoff of the Diocesan Annual Appeal provides the suitable occasion to publish the SSPP Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. A copy of the report will be included in the parish bulletin on September 22. I am also scheduling a parish “Town Hall Meeting” at 6:30 P.M. on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, in the Church hall (basement). This provides a good forum to discuss our parish’s finances, and other parish concerns. All parishioners are invited to attend.

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller

House for Sale!

Calvary Cemetery is preparing to expand. - The house on the NE end of the cemetery property is for sale for $1 to a buyer who will move the house from its current site. If interested or for more details, call the SS Peter & Paul parish office at 715-423-1351.

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Pastor's Letter - September 1, 2019

“Oh, Lord, it’s hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every which way!” Do you remember this line from a song some years ago? It is a rather humorous country western song which pokes fun at human conceit. But conceit, or pride, is not a vice to be easily dismissed. It is one of the seven deadly sins. Frequently the Lord exhorts his listeners to be humble, to think of themselves as being lower than others. This is a virtue which He possesses to perfection. And it is taught in the Old Testament as well. “My Child, conduct your affairs with humility.... Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God.” (from today’s first reading, Sirach 3:17,18.) An authentically humble person does not deny the gifts or talents he possesses. Rather, a truly humble person fully recognizes them and uses them for the benefit of others. We need people who are good leaders to serve in our community and in our country. Our young children benefit when those who possess the skills to teach devote themselves to that profession. The same can be said even in our worship of God. When those who have good voices or play instruments well contribute their talents in the Sacred Liturgy, God is honored and we are assisted in raising our hearts to Him. There should never be a doubt about using our gifts and talents to the fullest. The important thing is to remember that we have little grounds for being proud about these things since all that we have we received from God. Be grateful for the gifts which God has given you and “conduct your affairs with humility.”

Fall is the time for us to start our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) formation classes. These classes are for any person who is not baptized or who is baptized in another Christian church, who is interested in becoming a full member of the Catholic Church. Though RCIA classes have already begun, you may still join them by calling the parish office.

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller