Pastor's Letter - August 18, 2019

I don’t go to the movies very often – maybe one or two a year. Some years ago I went to see “Planet of the Apes”. (And I was reminded why I don’t go to the movies very often – it was a waste of money.) There are several lines in the movie that are borrowed from other movies and from actual history. At one point in the film, one of the apes says: “Why can’t we all just get along?” (A line from Rodney King during the L.A. riots in 1991.) It sounds like a reasonable question. And there is an answer: Sin. Our human nature, created good by God, has been wounded by sin. This makes it difficult for us to live peaceful, holy, good lives. It also helps us understand the words of Jesus in today’s Gospel: “Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” (Luke 12:51) It is not that Jesus brought strife and division into the world, but that the sin in the world cannot accept the Truth which He teaches, and revolts against that Truth. It is not that the Lord desires that there be strife, but rather that He sees that His Truth will bring strife. The same was true for the prophets in the Old Testament (for instance, Jeremiah in today’s first reading) and for John the Baptist. They all proclaimed the Truth from God and were opposed by those who resisted the message. They hated the message, and so they persecuted the messenger. That is why through history many Christians have been persecuted (and still are today!). Now, it is true that we often bring troubles upon ourselves because of our own wrongdoing. But we ought not to be surprised when we experience discord and opposition precisely when we are following the Lord most closely.

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 and is interested in becoming a full member of the Catholic Church. Our first class is this Wednesday, August 21. Call the parish office for more info or to register.

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

Volunteers Requested!

Volunteers Requested!

We need help with maintenance around the parish grounds. If you have half an hour to an hour per week to spend weeding, watering, or dead-heading flowers, we could use your help. Adopt a small area. More hands make lighter work. 
For more info or to donate some time, call the parish office.

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Pastor's Letter - August 11, 2019

“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” This short explanation of faith is taken from the second reading – the Letter to the Hebrews – from today’s Mass. The glossary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) gives an expanded definition. Faith is described as “both a gift of God and a human act by which the believer gives personal adherence to God who invites his response, and freely assents to the whole truth that God has revealed. It is this revelation of God which the Church proposes for our belief, and which we profess in the Creed, celebrate in the sacraments, live by right conduct that fulfills the twofold commandment of charity (as specified in the Ten Commandments), and respond to in our prayer of faith. Faith is both a theological virtue given by God as grace, and an obligation which flows from the first commandment of God.” (CCC, 2nd Ed., pp. 878,879; see also paragraph #26, 142, 150, 1814, and 2087). To demonstrate that faith is a gift from God that demands our response, the writer of the letter to the Hebrews recounts how Abraham was called by God and responded in faith. Do you see your faith as a great gift from God? How have you responded to this gift which God has entrusted to you? Recall the Lord’s words in today’s Gospel: “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” (Luke 12:48)

I am grateful for the parishioners who have shared their talents and labors to assist in the cleanup around our beautiful church. We have experienced some damage: several patches of shingles and other damage on the church roof; broken fence by the rectory; a broken window and some water damage in the school. It could have been worse! Insurance will cover much of the cost of repairs.

Calvary Cemetery experienced substantial damage with downed trees. I expect we will be working through the Fall to get things in shape. Many people have been spending time during the week and on Saturdays cutting up fallen trees, hauling away the cut wood, and cleaning up branches strewn about. We could not take care of our Catholic cemetery without your generous help. Thank you!

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

Assumption Mass Times 2019 - Holy Day of Obligation


Mass times for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Holy Day of Obligation

Wednesday, August 14

5:15 PM
6:15 PM - CCD Registration & Ice Cream Social

Thursday, August 15

8:00 AM
5:15 PM

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Pastor's Letter - August 4, 2019

“Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” (Luke 12:14) When one searches the Gospels for the teachings of the Lord one discovers that there is one thing that Jesus mentions more than anything else: money and material possessions. Again and again it must be said: though not evil in itself, money and material possessions can often be a grave temptation for us. This is why Jesus so frequently warns his listeners about the grave sin of greed. In a wealthy land like ours – and in a culture permeated with consumerism (the desire for more and more things) – one can easily forget a true relation with God and eternal life with Him. We begin to seek our happiness in material things. The spiritual antidote to combat greed is to maintain a grateful heart towards God. The Old Testament reinforced this attitude by its teaching on tithing. Faithful Jews were taught to return to God a tenth (tithe) of all that God had given them. That principle still holds true today. Do you want to develop a grateful heart? Do you want to avoid the temptation of greed? Then be generous with the goods with which God has blessed you.

While the cleanup from the storm on July 20 continues in our area and around the state, I wish to give special thanks to those from our parish who cut up and hauled away the fallen trees at SSPP. No doubt, like for most of you at your own homes & businesses, the cleanup up will continue for many more weeks before we get back to normal. Join me in praying for the swift healing of those who were injured in the storm and aftermath: May God be gracious to them and their families.

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller