What Did St. Nicholas Look Like?

News from the Church:
What Did St. Nicholas Look Like? 
- Scientists at a university in Liverpool unveiled what they say is the most realistic portrait ever created of St. Nicholas of Myra, the popular fourth-century bishop best known as the inspiration for the modern-day figure of Santa Claus.....Read more

News from the USCCB:
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and the Unborn, will be Celebrated Around the Country December 12, as Day of Solidarity with Immigrants - WASHINGTON— On Tuesday, December 12, the Catholic Church will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and the Unborn. Celebrations in dioceses across the nation will be held throughout the month of December to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe. These events seek to honor the accomplishments, hopes, fears, and needs of all families who have come to the U.S. seeking a better life....Read More

News from the Pope:
Pope at Angelus: ‘Mary is ever-green oasis of humanity - (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis reflected on the mystery of the Immaculate Conception at his Angelus address on Friday, December 8th, as the Church celebrates the Marian Solemnity.......Read More

Pastor's Letter - December 3, 2017

Today, the First Sunday of Advent, inaugurates the new Church year. The Church in her liturgy expresses what we believe. So, it makes good sense that we begin with preparations for the coming of the Lord. The problem with observing this season of Advent is that the rest of the culture is celebrating Christmas already! There are even Christian churches that begin decorating their churches for Christmas and singing Christmas hymns by the beginning of December. I suppose some of this is understandable - we just can’t wait for Christmas! We want to start celebrating now. But the Church wisely observes Advent with a spirit of watchfulness and anticipation. In our church you will notice it by the presence of subdued decorations and the Advent wreath (the four candles marking the four weeks of Advent). The music will be the familiar Advent hymns, which help us prepare for Christ’s coming. I strongly encourage you to observe the Advent season in your own homes. Don’t put up the Christmas decorations yet! Or, perhaps you may mark the passage of Advent by putting up the Christmas decorations gradually - one every day until your home is completely decorated by Christmas Eve. Put a small Advent wreath in your home where it can be seen by the whole family (on the dining room table, perhaps). You can mark the progress of Advent in your home as you light an additional candle each Sunday of the season. And, most importantly, you can use this Advent season to deepen your spiritual life by more fruitful participation in the Liturgy of the Church. (Please check the Advent Calendar included with my Advent Pastoral Letter for the complete Mass, Evening Prayer, and Penance schedule.) Advent is a season of grace, and an opportunity to grow in your faith. Make good use of it!

I’m pleased to introduce the Lumen Christi Missal for this First Sunday of Advent. I previously provided a Q&A sheet (available online at www.ssppwisrapids.org) to explain the reasons why I chose to replace the disposable missalettes with the hardbound LCM. I hope you will find the LCM to be a beautiful addition in our church, an aid to your devotional life, and an enrichment for the Sacred Liturgy.

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

PCCW Bake Sale



PCCW Bake Sale
The SSPP Parish Council of Catholic Women is asking all the ladies of the parish to please help out for our bake sale. The sale will be held on Dec. 9 & 10 after all Masses. Bring your baked good to the Family Cenacle after 3pm on Sat, Dec. 9. If possible, put the items to sell in Christmas packaging. Thank you to all that bake and buy the cookies & candies.
Call Mary Bronk at 715-421-2309 for more information.

St. Gianna Unit 4
We invite all women of the parish to join our St. Gianna women’s group. Our next get-together is our Advent Potluck on Thurs, Dec. 7 at 6:30pm in the Ss. Peter & Paul school. Bring a dish/appetizer to pass. If you would like to participate in the gift exchange, bring a wrapped gift (no more than $10). We would love for you to join us! The St. Gianna Unit is a women’s group dedicated to serving our parish and community while fostering the idea that all life is precious. We meet about four times a year and foster the girls’ group of our parish, The Little Servants of St. Therese.
Christmas Food Baskets
This year marks the 50th anniversary for our parish’s annu- al Christmas Food Baskets.
We will be collecting non-perishable food items for families in the area that could use a little help this holiday season. Food can be brought to church the weekends of Dec. 2 & 8. Collection boxes will be located at the church entrances. We will also be accepting monetary donations at the parish office to be used for perishable items.
If you know of someone who could use a little help this holiday season, please stop at or call the parish office at 715-423-1351 to make arrangements.

Movie & Refreshments
Film: Finding Fatima
by the creative team behind The 13th Day
When: Sun, Dec. 10, 1pm-3pm
Where: SS Peter & Paul Church in the Family Cenacle
In 1917, Our Lady of Fatima appeared to 3 shepherd chil- dren , giving them critical messages desperately needed in our modern world. From the 1st apparitions of the Angel to the Miracle of the Sun witnessed by over 30,000 people, this docu-drama will convince all those who see it to take heed of the messages of Our Lady.

The Perpetual Adoration Chapel in the Marian Center has several open hours available. If you are interested, please call & leave a message (715-424-6279) or stop in the Marian Center; there is a sign-up sheet just outside the Chapel door.

A reminder to all that our last 6:00pm Mass here at SS Peter & Paul will be on Sun, Nov. 26.
Beginning Sun, Dec. 3, 6:00pm Masses will be held at Our Lady Queen of Heaven parish.




USCCB Offers Advent And Christmas Online Resources

News from the USCCB:
USCCB Offers Advent And Christmas Online Resources For Prayerful Preparation - WASHINGTON— The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is offering online resources for prayerful preparation for Advent and Christmas. The daily suggestions for reading, reflection, and prayer during the Advent and Christmas seasons are now available online. In addition to a clickable online Advent calendar, with each click opening "doors" to a page of suggested reading, the online page also offers daily reflections, prayers, suggested activities and bilingual calendars that can be printed.....Read More

News from the Pope:
Pope Francis on need to respect all Myanmar's ethnic groups - (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis began his first full day in Myanmar on Tuesday with an unscheduled encounter at the Archbishop’s House, meeting with a group of 17 leaders from the different religious traditions present in the country......Read More
News from the Church:
‘Peter Is Here’: What Every Catholic Should Know About Relics and the Human Body 
- “The soul does not perish when it separates from the body at death, and it will be reunited with the body at the final Resurrection.” (CCC 366)....Read more

Q&A on the Lumen Chisti Missal

Check out the following Q&A on the Lumen Chisti Missal provided by Father Schaller.

Click here for the PDF

Pastor's Letter - November 26, 2017

Man is saved by faith alone.” How many of you are familiar with that passage from the Bible? Actually, that’s a tricky question. That statement is not in the Bible. Frequently one hears some Christians claim that St. Paul wrote that. St. Paul did write that “a person is justified by faith apart from works of the law” (Romans 3:28). St. Paul did not write that we are saved by faith alone. On the other hand, St. James wrote, “You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone” (James 2:24). How do we reconcile these seemingly contradictory statements? They are brought together by the Catholic teaching that one is saved by the Grace of God, by faith working through charity. This is expressed in the Gospel for today’s Mass, in which Jesus gives His teaching on the judgment which takes place at the end of the world. When the King (Jesus) comes again, he will reward those who fed the hungry, clothed the naked, visited the sick, etc. Authentic faith, then, is not divorced from charity in action (the corporal works of mercy). Both our faith and the ability to persevere in charity are gifts from God. That is what we mean when we say we are saved by God’s Grace. We should never see faith and works of charity as being opposed to each other. Ask God to strengthen your faith. And ask Him to help you persevere in doing good by acts of charity.

Next Sunday begins the season of Advent and a new liturgical year. I have prepared my Advent Pastoral Letter for each parishioner, which is available to be picked up after this weekend’s Masses. Those not picked up will be mailed. Along with this letter are included a calendar of parish liturgical events for Advent. In addition, you will find a number of Advent resources in the Holy Family Cenacle. Please feel free to take one, or several, items for yourself and for friends or family members.

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller

Christmas Food Baskets



Christmas Food Baskets
This year marks the 50th anniversary for our parish’s annu- al Christmas Food Baskets.
We will be collecting non-perishable food items for families in the area that could use a little help this holiday season. Food can be brought to church the weekends of Dec. 2 & 8. Collection boxes will be located at the church entrances. We will also be accepting monetary donations at the parish office to be used for perishable items.
If you know of someone who could use a little help this holiday season, please stop at or call the parish office at 715-423-1351 to make arrangements.

Movie & Refreshments
Film: Finding Fatima
by the creative team behind The 13th Day
When: Sun, Dec. 10, 1pm-3pm
Where: SS Peter & Paul Church in the Family Cenacle
In 1917, Our Lady of Fatima appeared to 3 shepherd chil- dren , giving them critical messages desperately needed in our modern world. From the 1st apparitions of the Angel to the Miracle of the Sun witnessed by over 30,000 people, this docu-drama will convince all those who see it to take heed of the messages of Our Lady.

SS Peter & Paul invites you to the “PARISH FAMILY ADVENT SOCIAL” Sunday, December 3rd following the 10:00 a.m. Mass. In the Church Basement Social Hall

- Get to know the many new faces in the parish x Enjoy donuts, juice, and coffee
- Chance to win small prizes x Pick-up Family Advent Resources
Let us come together in unity and love building our parish as the Body of Christ!
Sponsored by the St. Gianna Unit of SSPP Parish Council of Catholic Women
Marian Center Open Hours

The Perpetual Adoration Chapel in the Marian Center has several open hours available. If you are interested, please call & leave a message (715-424-6279) or stop in the Marian Center; there is a sign-up sheet just outside the Chapel door.

A reminder to all that our last 6:00pm Mass here at SS Peter & Paul will be on Sun, Nov. 26.
Beginning Sun, Dec. 3, 6:00pm Masses will be held at Our Lady Queen of Heaven parish.
The next Men's Holy League will be meeting on Friday, November 10 at 6:00 PM.