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.


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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

RCIA 2018-2019 Registration Open


RCIA 2018-2019 Registration Open

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

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!

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Pope Francis asks prayers for priests in July

From the Pope:

In his prayer intention for the month of July 2018, Pope Francis said: "Let us pray together that priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests."

It has become the custom of Pope Francis to release a video message detailing his prayer intention for each month.

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Pastor's Letter - July 1, 2018

Everyone is aware of the common saying: there are only two things sure in life – death and taxes. And God didn’t give either one to us. The first reading in today’s Mass from the Book of Wisdom instructs us in the truth that “God did not make death” but that He “formed man to be imperishable”. So why is it that we die? The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) provides a good summary for us. Paragraph #1008 in the CCC says that “death entered the world on account of man’s sin. Even though man’s nature is mortal, God had destined him not to die. Death was therefore contrary to the plans of God the Creator and entered the world as a consequence of sin.” But death has been transformed by Christ! He Himself suffered the death that is part of the human condition and conquered it by His resurrection. Because of Christ, death now has a positive meaning. We sacramentally “die with Christ” when we are baptized and are given a new life in Christ. Our physical death is no longer our “final end” but rather the means to live with Christ and the Father and the Holy Spirit, and all the Saints, forever in the Life that will never end. (I’ll leave the more difficult topic of taxes for later!!)

It becomes increasingly clear to me that whoever said “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance” had it right. As we approach the 4th of July and the anniversary of our country’s independence, we need to pray that the principles of truth and justice will always be the foundation of our great land. Pray in particular that our “First Freedom”, the freedom of religion, might be preserved intact. Mass will be offered here at SSPP on Wed, July 4 at the usual 8am. It would be especially good to come to Mass that day, if you are able, and to pray for our nation. God bless America!

My thanks again to Fr. William Menzel (Tues., Wed., & Thurs.) and Msgr. Robert Hundt (Sat. & Sun.) who filled in for me this past week while I was attending a Liturgical Conference in Portland, OR.

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller