Pastor's Letter - October 14, 2018

The account of the Rich Young Man in today’s Gospel presents Jesus with another opportunity to speak on a common topic: money and materialism. Over half of the parables or stories Jesus tells in the Gospels relate to the proper (or improper) use of material things. I’m quite sure things haven’t changed much in this regard: people then disliked it as much as people today when you talk about money! It’s clear that the young man in the Gospel desires eternal life. The sad thing is that he desires material wealth more. Money and material things are not evil in themselves. It is our attachment to them which corrupts us. Jesus’ command to “sell what you have and give to the poor” was the only way to break the rich young man’s attachment to wealth. Then he could have helped the poor, been with Jesus, and been happy.

We continue the Diocesan Annual Appeal this week, and will be concluding the formal appeal in our parish at the end of October. Last year we exceeded our target by more than $28,000! Indeed, this is the best way to both meet the wider Church’s needs AND to help our parish. So, this is the time for you to make your pledge if you have not already done so. Naturally, I hope that you can make a generous, sacrificial gift to the Diocesan Annual Appeal. But, even if you are unable to make a financial gift to the Appeal, I request that you still return your pledge card (writing “prayers” in place of a pledge amount). You may either mail your pledge card using the provided envelope, or drop it in the offertory at Mass on Sunday. Pray for the success of the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Pray also that God will give each of us a generous heart as we seek to meet the many needs of our parish, the Diocese of La Crosse, and throughout the world.

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

Mitten Tree Project


Mitten Tree

Oct. 27—Dec. 16

The PCCW Mitten Tree project is about to begin! A box is located in the back of church for your donations of hats, mittens, scarves, & socks. They will be distributed to our local schools & the Family Center.

  SSPP PCCW Meeting Notice
All ladies of the parish are invited to the SS Peter and Paul PCCW meeting on Thu, Oct 11, at 6pm in the church basement. The SSPP PCCW serves to coordinate the efforts & talent of the members for the benefit of the SSPP parish family & our Catholic community. Please feel free to bring a wrapped raffle item to donate.
St . Patrick Unit will be hosting the meeting.


Little Servants of St. Thérèse Girls Group
5:30pm-7:00pm, Thu, Oct. 18 SSPP School Building
The Little Servants of St. Thérèse will have its first meeting of the year. All girls in kindergarten through 12th grade are welcome! The Little Servants of St. Thérèse is a group started to bring together the girls of SS Peter & Paul (& any other girls) to grow in friendship & faith. Please email maggiekosloski@gmail.com for more info or to be put on the email list.

Divine Grace Mothers' Group
Please join us at 9:30am on September 21st for a light brunch and time for fellowship in the SS Peter and Paul Church basement. This group is intended to provide Catholic mothers support and friendship as we raise our families in the faith. We will meet for brunch and fellowship at 9:30am on the third Friday of the month. Additionally, a Children's Holy Hour will be held at 3:30pm on the First Friday of each month at SS Peter and Paul with a social to follow. Please contact Bridget Destree at 920-904-4459 with questions. We look forward to seeing you there!


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What's on FORMED? John XXIII Movie


An inspiring feature film on Saint Pope John XXIII, starring Edward Asner in an acclaimed performance as the beloved pontiff, who came from common stock and was known for his simplicity, courage, and love for humanity. Shot on location in Rome and Italy, and produced by the Italian film company Lux Vide, makers of Pope John Paul II and Saint Rita, this movie tells the whole life story of John XXIII from his youth through his young priesthood, episcopacy, life as cardinal, and eventually his life as Pope.

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:

Pastor's Letter - October 7, 2018

Among the many issues on which our Catholic Faith conflicts with the prevailing secular culture, the teaching on marriage certainly is one of the most important. In fact, the secular culture rejects every aspect of Christian marriage: that it is a lifelong and faithful bond between one man and one woman which is open to the gift of children. Marriage is the foundation of family life (and the family is the foundation of civil society). From the very beginning God intended that the union of man and woman in marriage be established as an enduring bond. This is not just sentimental wishing, but an acknowledgment of what God has done. The Church, following the teaching of Genesis and of the Lord in the Gospel, continues to teach that a true marriage forms a life- long bond. “Therefore, what God has joined, no human being must separate.” (Mark 10:9) Does this seem like a hard teaching? It is a hard teaching. It is difficult to accept and often more difficult to live. But it is also true. Does not every couple who marries desire to live together in love forever? Does not every child desire to grow up in a family where both parents love each other? These natural desires indicate what God wants for us, too. Our Faith teaches us that marriage, therefore, is given to us by God for the good of the couple and for the good of children. (Notice how in today’s Gospel the Lord’s teaching on marriage is followed with his blessing of the children!) It is not sufficient to simply “want” these goods. Those who are contemplating marriage and those already married must make the right choices which bring about these goods. That which applies to every Christian applies in a particular way to married couples: seek the good of the other (your spouse), not your own; forgive others (your spouse) as you would wish to be forgiven. We must not allow ourselves to be swept along by this secular culture, which Saint John Paul II called a “Culture of Death.” Through the generous gift of oneself – especially within the holy bonds of marriage – we can build up a true Culture of Life.

Please pray for the success of the Diocesan Annual Appeal in our parish and throughout the diocese. I’ve already given my gift to the DAA - have you?!

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

101st Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun


SSPP PCCW Meeting Notice
All ladies of the parish are invited to the SS Peter and Paul PCCW meeting on Thu, Oct 11, at 6pm in the church basement. The SSPP PCCW serves to coordinate the efforts & talent of the members for the benefit of the SSPP parish family & our Catholic community. Please feel free to bring a wrapped raffle item to donate.
St . Patrick Unit will be hosting the meeting.

Marian Center for Peace
101st Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun

8:00am, Sat, Oct. 13 @ SSPP
In honor of Our Lady of Fatima, all are invited to come & pray. Beginning with 8am Mass, there will be the ro- sary, the Litany of Our Lady of Fatima, & enrollment in the Brown Scapular Confraternity. For more info, contact 715-424-6279 or mariancenterforpeace.org or visit us on Facebook.


Divine Grace Mothers' Group
Please join us at 9:30am on September 21st for a light brunch and time for fellowship in the SS Peter and Paul Church basement. This group is intended to provide Catholic mothers support and friendship as we raise our families in the faith. We will meet for brunch and fellowship at 9:30am on the third Friday of the month. Additionally, a Children's Holy Hour will be held at 3:30pm on the First Friday of each month at SS Peter and Paul with a social to follow. Please contact Bridget Destree at 920-904-4459 with questions. We look forward to seeing you there!


Men’s Holy League
The Men’s Holy League will next be meeting on Fri, Oct. 12, at 6:00pm. If there are enough people, there will be refreshments afterwards.


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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:
  • 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:

SSPP PCCW Meeting Notice


SSPP PCCW Meeting Notice
All ladies of the parish are invited to the SS Peter and Paul PCCW meeting on Thu, Oct 11, at 6pm in the church basement. The SSPP PCCW serves to coordinate the efforts & talent of the members for the benefit of the SSPP parish family & our Catholic community. Please feel free to bring a wrapped raffle item to donate.
St . Patrick Unit will be hosting the meeting.

Marian Center for Peace—Open House
6:00pm-7:30pm, Thu, Oct. 4


To celebrate the 14th anniversary of the Mother of America Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, you are invited to an Open House at the Marian Center for Peace. Our volunteers are available to welcome you, give you a tour of the facilities, & answer any of your questions. If you are unable to attend this event, you may schedule a visit at your convenience. For more info, contact 715-424-6279; mariancenterforpeace.org; or find us on Facebook.

Marian Center for Peace
101st Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun

8:00am, Sat, Oct. 13 @ SSPP
In honor of Our Lady of Fatima, all are invited to come & pray. Beginning with 8am Mass, there will be the ro- sary, the Litany of Our Lady of Fatima, & enrollment in the Brown Scapular Confraternity. For more info, contact 715-424-6279 or mariancenterforpeace.org or visit us on Facebook.
Divine Grace Mothers' Group
Please join us at 9:30am on September 21st for a light brunch and time for fellowship in the SS Peter and Paul Church basement. This group is intended to provide Catholic mothers support and friendship as we raise our families in the faith. We will meet for brunch and fellowship at 9:30am on the third Friday of the month. Additionally, a Children's Holy Hour will be held at 3:30pm on the First Friday of each month at SS Peter and Paul with a social to follow. Please contact Bridget Destree at 920-904-4459 with questions. We look forward to seeing you there!



Rosary Across America Finale
3:00pm, Oct. 7 @ SS Peter & Paul
Oct 7 marks the end of the 54-day Rosary Across America novena. There will be Exposition, the Rosary, Adoration, Benediction, & Reposition of

the Blessed Sacrament. Any questions, contact Dcn. Jerry Ruesch at dcnjerry@ssppwisrapids.org.



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