Pastor's Letter - December 16, 2018

The Church has traditionally called the Third Sunday of Advent Gaudete Sunday, or Joyful Sunday, because of the reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians – the second reading from today’s Mass and the Entrance Antiphon: “Rejoice! The Lord is near!” These words of St. Paul also express our anticipation as we draw nearer to the celebration of the Lord’s birth. The reading from the Gospel again focuses on John the Baptist as the precursor to the Lord; that is, he is the one who guides us in our preparation for the Lord’s coming. Are you and your family preparing to celebrate the Lord’s birth at Christmas? We’re on the “home stretch” now, so let’s make good use of these last days of the Holy Season of Advent! I will be mailing out my Christmas letter to all our parishioners early this week. Please note carefully the scheduled times for the Christmas Masses.

The mission of the pastor is the spiritual care of his parishioners. Our material assets are meant to serve that spiritual end. And so I also seek to carefully utilize our parish’s material goods. Upon arriving at SSPP I became aware that our pipe organ needed significant repairs projected to cost more than $50,000. Just before I left for my Pilgrimage to Italy I discovered that a church in Green Bay was closing and selling their excellent tracker pipe organ. Though installed 17 years ago at a cost of $200,000, we were able to purchase it for $20,000. A donor provided the full amount, so SSPP obtained this beautiful pipe organ at NO cost to us! I anticipate the cost to move and install the organ will be around $12,000, which the parish will need to pay. Some of that may be offset by selling our existing organ. If all goes well, we should have the new organ installed before Easter. If you would like to help with the installation costs I recommend a generous (additional?) gift to the Diocesan Annual Appeal, since every dollar over our target is returned to our parish.

As we draw near the end of the calendar year, please remember that if you wish to claim a financial gift to our parish on your taxes for 2018, we must receive it at the parish by December 31, 2018. By law, donations received after December 31 must be recorded for 2019.

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

Help Decorate the Church for Christmas!


Help Decorate the Church for Christmas!
11:00am, Sunday, Dec. 23

Join us next Sunday in making our church look beautiful for Baby Jesus.



Bishop Callahan's Christmas Message 2018


Watch Bishop Callahan's 2018 Christmas message below:





What's on FORMED? Mary of Nazareth Movie




Mary of Nazareth is an epic motion picture on the life of Mary, Mother of Christ, from her childhood through the Resurrection of Jesus. Shot in high definition, it was filmed in Europe with outstanding cinematography, a strong cast, and a majestic music score. Actress Alissa Jung gives a beautiful, compelling, and inspiring portrayal of Mary.

Access FORMED, 24/7 on your smartphone, computer, iPad, or Kindle, you can:
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Pastor's Letter - December 9, 2018

Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. These words of John the Baptist (which he quotes from the prophet Isaiah) taken from today’s Gospel (of Luke), were a call to the people to ready themselves for the coming of the Messiah. They are a call to us as well. Saint Paul in today’s second reading adds his words of encouragement, too: This is my prayer: that your love may increase... so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.... The Lord Himself has given us the means by which we prepare ourselves for His coming, and through which we are made pure and blameless. The Sacrament of Penance by which we are reconciled to the Father is that gift from the Lord to assist us in growing closer to Him. This Holy Season of Advent is a good time to make use of that Sacrament. For opportunities for the Sacrament of Penance, see the confession schedule printed in this bulletin and in the Advent Calendar sent to each household.

At the end of the calendar year it is common for many families to make a reckoning of their finances. I do the same thing personally and in regards to our parish’s finances (even though we operate on a fiscal year which ends June 30). I wish to express my gratitude for all our parishioners who have generously support SSPP this year. In past years the parish has provided at the beginning of the year a box containing offering envelopes for the whole year. I have decided to replace this with a mailing system, where each household will receive in the middle of each month a packet containing envelopes for the Sundays of the following month. Soon all our parishioners will be receiving such a mailing for the month of January. There are a number of benefits for the parish office to such a system, and, I hope, to our parishioners, too.

On a related note: if you wish to claim a financial gift to our parish on your taxes for 2018, we must receive it at the parish office by December 31, 2018. By law, donations received after December 31 must be recorded for 2019.

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

PCCW Christmas Bake Sale Dec. 15-16 after all Masses

PCCW Christmas Bake Sale Dec. 15-16 after all Masses
Please contribute your special baked goods for this bake sale. Remember all ladies of the parish are members of the PCCW. Please bring all your baked goods decorated in holiday cheer on Sat, Dec. 15 to the Holy Family Cenacle. We will price everything.
We would like to thank you all in advance & hope the parishioners will buy us all out!


Neighborhood Table 30 Volunteers Needed!!!
Dec. 13, 2018
Help is needed at the Neighborhood Table.
We feed ~250 needy people.
Please help for 2 hours. Shifts are from 12:30-6:30. To volunteer, call 715-423-1296.

What's on FORMED? Advent Reflections with Tim Gray



This Advent season, walk with Dr. Tim Gray on a journey of renewal to ready your heart for the coming of Christ. Each day of Advent, Dr. Gray will unpack the meaning of this season and its rich traditions, as well as offer practical advice for making this Advent your best yet.


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: