SWEPS — Volunteers Needed!

SWEPS — Volunteers Needed!
During the week of Jun. 11-15, 15 volunteers from our parish family packed groceries & hygiene articles for those in need at the South Wood County Emerging Pantry Shelf. However, SS Peter & Paul is in need of more volunteers to be added to the list. We are scheduled to work one week out of every fifteen. Our next scheduled week is Sep. 24-28, & at least 16 volunteers are needed. If you would like to participate, please call 715-424-1776. 

SSPP Donut Sunday!
Everyone is invited to the “SSPP Donut Sunday” social after the 10:00am Mass on Sunday, August 5 in the church basement social hall.
Sponsored by the St. Gianna PCCW unit.

Pilgrimage to Italy!


Join Frs. Kevin Louis & Robert Schaller on an 11-day pilgrimage to Rome, Siena, Assisi, & more. Dates: Nov. 5-15, 2018, departure from MSP airport. Go to www.fatherschaller.org to view/download the brochure with pilgrimage details, or pick one up in the Holy Family Cenacle or the parish office. Register by Jul. 28, 2018 to ensure your place!


RCIA 2018-2019 Registration Open

RCIA classes will run late August through April. To register, contact or stop in the parish office.


See more in the Bulletin

Pastor's Letter - July 22, 2018

A frequent image of God in the Old Testament is the Shepherd. The image is a good one since the flocks of sheep and goats were integral to the economy of the times, and everyone understood the necessity for a shepherd to watch over and care for the flocks. The analogy of the people as “a flock” was easily made since God watched over and cared for His people like a shepherd his flock. A flock of sheep without a shepherd was in great danger from predators. This is the image we receive in today’s Gospel where Jesus has pity on the vast crowd, since they were like sheep without a shepherd. And what does He do? He “began to teach them many things.” This is one of the key duties of those appointed as shepherds over the “Flock” of the Church. Saint Pope John Paul II used every opportunity to teach the Faith wherever he traveled (and Popes Benedict & Francis, too). Each Bishop is responsible for teaching the Faith to his own flock within his diocese. Priests, especially pastors, are to be co-workers with their bishop in teaching the Faith. If one of the priest’s important responsibilities is to teach the Faith, then it follows that it is important for the faithful - members of the flock - to learn the Faith. Are you growing in your knowledge of the Faith? Every family - even every adult - should have a bible which is read regularly. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a sure and faithful resource on the teachings of the Church and a great tool (along with the Bible) to learn more of our Faith. Read good Catholic books. Ignatius Press, Ascension Press, Sophia Institute Press, Augustine Institute - to name a few - are excellent sources. A consortium of Catholic publishers have formed an online resource on all aspects of the Faith. Through a generous gift of a parishioner, SSPP has contracted with “Formed.org” so that all our parishioners may have free digital access to Catholic books, articles, movies, bible studies, etc. We will present more info on “Formed” in the upcoming weeks to provide the tools necessary to fruitfully use these great Catholic resources.

This coming July 25 is the 50th Anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae (On Human Life). In the upcoming months, I will be commenting from time to time on this prophetic document and on the many difficult contemporary issues surrounding marriage and human sexuality which it addresses.

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

Pope Francis will canonize Italian teenager in October

From the Vatican

It is fitting that Nunzio Sulprizio, who died at the age of 19, be canonized during the Synod whose theme is Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. Now with the addition of Blessed Nunzio, the canonization will include people from every walk of life: clerical, religious and lay.

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Pilgrimage to Italy with Fr. Schaller


Pilgrimage to Italy!

Join Frs. Kevin Louis & Robert Schaller on an 11-day pilgrimage to Rome, Siena, Assisi, & more. Dates: Nov. 5-15, 2018, departure from MSP airport. Go to www.fatherschaller.org to view/download the brochure with pilgrimage details, or pick one up in the Holy Family Cenacle or the parish office. Register by Jul. 28, 2018 to ensure your place!


RCIA 2018-2019 Registration Open

RCIA classes will run late August through April. To register, contact or stop in the parish office.


See more in the Bulletin

Pastor's Letter - July 15, 2018

This is the time of year—the summer months—when many reunions are held, especially family reunions. (My family always gets together around the 4th of July; Fr. Ruben’s visit last Sunday provided the opportunity for me to go to La Crosse to spend time with family.) And then there are the many high school class reunions that take place during the summer. Several years ago (I guess it’s already been 18 years!), I attended my 25th high school graduation class reunion. It was interesting to see what my classmates have made of themselves. Sometimes you see people who seemed to have had “modest” talents back in school who are now very successful and happy in life. God frequently calls people who seem to have “modest” talents and lays upon them important responsibilities. This is the case for Amos, the prophet from whose book the first reading is taken. Amos acknowledges that he wasn’t born a prophet but was “a shepherd and a dresser of sycamores.” The same is true with the calling of the twelve apostles, whose sending out we read about in today’s Gospel. These were not twelve men known for their great knowledge, wisdom, and learning. They were ordinary men whom the Lord called nonetheless to carry out a great mission. What can we learn from this? We learn that God is not calling the perfect or the well-born. He calls the ordinary person. That means He is calling you and me. And what is He calling us to be? Certainly not all are called to be prophets or apostles. But all are called to be holy, to become saints, with God’s help.

Thank you for your generosity to Fr. Ruben and the Diocese of Romblon in the Philippines. Last week Fr. Ruben asked for your spiritual and financial support for the many needs in his home diocese. If you did not have a chance to make a gift, simply make your check out to SS Peter & Paul, and note in the memo line “Mission”.

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

The Ordination to the Priesthood of Fathers Saylor, and Laylan

From the Diocese:

On June 30, 2018, Fathers Kyle Laylan and Barry Saylor were ordained to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ. On Sunday, each new priest returned to their home parishes to celebrate their first Masses. Father Laylan returned to Queen of the Apostles in Tomah and Father Saylor returned to St. Vincent de Paul in Wisconsin Rapids.

Now, they will each take their first steps as priests for the Diocese of La Crosse at their new assignments.

Pastor's Letter - July 8, 2018

Mother Theresa once said that God does not want us to be successful; He wants us to be faithful. This is a difficult task. We find it much easier to measure our lives by observable – generally secular – standards. Did I get an “A” for my final grade? Is my income rising? Does our yard look better than the neighbors’? Even when it comes to things of a religious or spiritual nature we tend to think in terms of “success”. But the role of the prophet (like Ezekiel in today’s first reading or Jesus in the Gospel) can’t be measured in terms of success. Just how many people reformed their lives after hearing the prophet Ezekiel’s exhortation? How many refused to listen to Jesus? Was Jesus successful? He was not rich. He had few followers in the end. And His suffering and death at age 33 certainly is not what the world would call success. Being faithful is an entirely different thing. It is living and teaching the truth in season and out. It is – as St. Paul relates in today’s second reading – being content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ. That is the key. “Success”, for us, is being faithful for the sake of Christ. For Christ we bear with difficulties and temptations. With His help we grow in the virtue of charity and patience. Do not be discouraged if you seem to experience little “success” in your life. God isn’t calling you to be successful. He wants you to be faithful.

I wish to welcome Fr. Ruben Manliguez to SS Peter & Paul. Fr. Ruben, from the Diocese of Romblon in the Philippines, is asking for our support of the Church in his diocese which has suffered much in recent years from typhoons. Many of their people struggle in poverty, and the typhoons have made their situation even more diffi- cult. Please be generous with your support to the Church in Romblon! A second collection will be taken up today to support them.

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller