SSPP Spring Cleanup!

SSPP Spring Cleanup!

9am-Noon, Saturday, June 1

Bring your work gloves & equipment to help us in our spring cleanup of the parish grounds. Please help keep our parish beautiful! More info to come.

Pastor's Letter - May 19, 2019

There are always three readings from the Bible at the Sunday Mass (not including the Psalm response). Usually the first reading at Sunday mass is from one of the Old Testament books, the second from one of the letters in the New Testament, and the last reading from one of the four Gospels. The Easter season is the exception. Although the second and third readings are t ypical, throughout this season the first reading always presents the story of the early Church as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. We see how, through the gift of the Holy Spirit, the number of the baptized continues to grow and the Church prospers. But it isn’t all balloons and butterflies. In the passage from today’s reading from Acts, Paul and Barnabas tell the people, “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” In fact, the early Church was often severely persecuted. In addition to persecution there were the inevitable “normal” hardships which life occasionally brings. The same is true today. It is necessary to be prepared for the difficulties which come our way, whether they are the result of being faithful followers of the Lord or just part of ordinary life. Certainly one can be strengthened and encouraged by the support of family, friends, and the parish community. But our ultimate support comes from God. Faith and trust in God don’t do away with hardships. Faith and trust in God enable and strengthen us to persevere.

This Thursday, May 23, is the 32nd anniversary of my ordination to the Priesthood, when Bishop John J. Paul laid hands upon me. Please pray for me, that I may be more fully conformed to the Heart of Christ, the great High Priest. “For this reason I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather of power and love and self control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.” (2 Timothy 1:6-8)

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

ALERT!! Text scam is targeting local parishioners

Recently parishioners of local parishes have been receiving texts requesting gift cards which are ostensibly from their priests. Some of these texts even include the parishioner's first name. THESE TEXTS ARE A SCAM. PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THE TEXT! Please also know that your parish priest will never text or email you asking for gift cards.

Following is a link for more information on this new method of scamming via text message and what to do about them: https://www.thoughtco.com/text-message-scams-dont-text-back-3974548

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As a parish, you are encouraged to take advantage of the following movies, studies and eBooks during the Month of May 2019:


Movie: The 13th Day
Study: Fatima: Hope for the World
eBook: Mary: The Church at the Source





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Calvary Cemetery Spring Cleanup!

Calvary Cemetery Spring Cleanup!

Rain or Shine, 9am-Noon, Saturday, May 18

Bring your rakes, work gloves, push mowers, & other cleanup equipment to help us in the Spring Cleanup of Calvary Catholic Cemetery. We’ll even feed you! Brats, burgers, & drinks for all after cleanup!!

Pastor's Letter - May 12, 2019

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is traditionally known as “Good Shepherd Sunday” because of the theme of the Scripture readings. Because the Lord continues to call men to serve as “Good Shepherds” of His flock, this is also the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Given the regular focus in the press during the past several years about the moral failings of a number of priests and bishops in our country, we need prayers more than ever: for all our priests and bishops, for those studying in the seminary, and for young men who may be called to the priesthood. Though all Christians are called to live a holy life, priests and bishops will inevitably be held to a higher standard of conduct both by lay Catholics and by the secular culture. Please join the whole Church in a special way on this World Day of Prayer for Vocations in praying that the Lord will raise up holy and faithful men who will courageously answer His call of service in His Church as priests. And pray for our Bishop William Callahan, for all our priests in the Diocese of La Crosse, for our Diocesan seminarians who are discerning the priestly vocation, and for your pastor.

With great joy I welcome Msgr. Joseph Hirsch to SSPP! Msgr. Hirsch is the director of Casa Hogar in Peru, an orphanage sponsored by the Diocese of La Crosse. Founded by Fr. Joe Walijewski (whose cause for sainthood is being promoted) Casa Hogar serves as a true home and refuge for hundreds of children who would otherwise be living on the streets. Msgr. Hirsch is well known to many people in WI Rapids, since he served as Chaplain at Assumption High School a few years back. He will inform you of his work at Casa Hogar and ask for your support. Please consider a generous gift to help him carry out this most important mission of the Church!

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

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Join us on FORMED and view great content each month!

As a parish, you are encouraged to take advantage of the following movies, studies and eBooks during the Month of May 2019:


Movie: The 13th Day
Study: Fatima: Hope for the World
eBook: Mary: The Church at the Source





NEW TO FORMED?

Access FORMED, 24/7 on your smartphone, computer, iPad, or Kindle, you can:
  • Prepare for Mass each week by watching an insightful five-minute video on the Sunday Readings; 
  • Enjoy movies as a family that are both nourishing and entertaining; 
  • Enrich your marriage with the award-winning video program Beloved; and 
  • Help your children grow in faith and character with engaging children’s materials.

Go to: http://ssppwisrapids.formed.org/ and enter in code below to sign-up: