Pastor's Letter - May 27, 2018

Having closed the Easter season last Sunday with the Solemnity of Pentecost commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, the Mother of the Lord, and all His disciples, the Church now enters “Ordinary Time”, during which the many teachings of the Lord are presented and the different mysteries of the Faith explored. One such mystery - in fact, the fundamental mystery of our Faith - is the Holy Trinity. God has revealed Himself as one God, yet three Divine Persons: the Father is made known through His creation, the Son in the Incarnation, and the Holy Spirit is manifested in a startling fashion at Pentecost. This is not some trivia about God that we can easily dismiss. The doctrine of the Holy Trinity expresses who God is in Himself, as a community of Persons, yet remaining one God. The identity of the family and the nature of the Church - communities of love - find their model in the mystery of the Holy Trinity, which is the first community of love. We should always be mindful what it means to call this a mystery. It shouldn’t be confused with the contemporary use of the word, for instance, a “murder mystery”, where persistent investigation reveals facts not known before. Rather, the mysteries of Faith refer to realities that can be known by us, but only in a limited way, since our capacity to know is limited. Of all mysteries of Faith, the Holy Trinity is the most mysterious”, since our finite understanding of an infinite God will always be incomplete. That is one more reason why our Catholic Faith will always be a journey and an adventure: we can always grow in our knowledge, understanding, and love of God.

Next Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus. Following a long custom in the Church, we will have a procession with the Blessed Sacrament immediately following the 10:00am Mass. All are invited for this beautiful expression of devotion and love of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament!

I am most appreciative of the positive response by many parishioners following my recent presentation on our financial situation in our parish. To mention a few: an additional gift of $1,000 to the Diocesan Appeal; an extraordinary gift of $6,000 to the parish; and a gift of $1,750 to fund an evangelization project for our parish. And of course, many have increased their weekly giving, which is especially important for ongoing needs. Thanks also to the members of the North American Explorers and several parishioners who helped out last Saturday for our “Spring Cleanup”!

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller

Corpus Christi Procession on Sunday


Corpus Christi Sunday Procession

All are welcome to attend the 11th Annual Wisconsin Rapids Deanery Eucharistic Procession on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ.

Sun, Jun. 3, 2018 @ SS Peter & Paul following the 10:00am Mass.

This event will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Eucharistic Procession around the parish grounds, & Benediction, followed by SSPP’s monthly Donut Sunday (see below). In case of rain, the Procession will take place inside the church.

Newly Confirmed & First Communicants are especially encouraged to participate. Children, please wear your First Holy Communion dresses & suits.

For more information, contact 715-424-6279 or visit mariancenterforpeace.org



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Pope calls woman planning to abort her baby and convinces her to choose life

From the Pope:

During those moments on the phone with Pope Francis, Anna told him that she didn’t want to kill the child she was carrying in her womb. She told Francis her true desire was not to interrupt the pregnancy, and that she wanted to baptize the baby as soon as he or she was born.

The pope answered with the simplicity of a true pastor: “I’m convinced that you won’t have any problem finding a spiritual father, and anyway,” he added, “if that’s not the case, know that I am always here.”

Pastor's Letter - May 20, 2018

The Solemnity of Pentecost marks the end of the Church’s observance of the Easter Season. This celebration commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, the Blessed Mother, and the whole Church. The coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost also fulfills God’s revelation of Himself in three divine persons: The Father is made know through His creation, the Son in the Incarnation, and now the Holy Spirit is revealed as “the Lord, the giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son” (Nicene Creed). Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, promised to send to His Church the Comforter, the Advocate, Who would strengthen and confirm us in our faith. “Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love!”

The period of time between the Lord’s Ascension into heaven and the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday has always been observed as a special time of prayer. Scripture tells us that Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days after Easter and Pentecost occurred 50 days after Easter. The Lord instructed His disciples to spend the nine days between those events praying. This is the origin of the Catholic practice of the “novena” (from the Latin word for “nine”.) A novena consists of praying for some particular intention for nine consecutive days. Sometimes this is expressed in prayers or practices which are observed over nine weeks or nine months (such as the custom of attending Mass for nine consecutive First Fridays). It’s just another example of one of the those “Catholic things” that we didn’t just make up, but comes from the scriptures and the practice of the early Church.

I am grateful for the generous response some parishioners have already made to my letter several weeks ago. Though our financial need is significant, I am confident that we shall meet our needs if all contribute according to their means and God’s prompting. Our fiscal year ends on June 30, 2018. Though we can receive your contributions to our parish any time, to provide for proper processing and recording of gifts to the Diocesan Annual Appeal, I kindly ask that we receive your DAA gift by June 22.

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller

Corpus Christi Procession at SSPP on June 3


Corpus Christi Sunday Procession

All are welcome to attend the 11th Annual Wisconsin Rapids Deanery Eucharistic Procession on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ.

Sun, Jun. 3, 2018 @ SS Peter & Paul following the 10:00am Mass.

This event will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Eucharistic Procession around the parish grounds, & Benediction, followed by SSPP’s monthly Donut Sunday (see below). In case of rain, the Procession will take place inside the church.

Newly Confirmed & First Communicants are especially encouraged to participate. Children, please wear your First Holy Communion dresses & suits.

For more information, contact 715-424-6279 or visit mariancenterforpeace.org



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Bishop Callahan offers reflection on the Blessed Mother

From the Bishop:


I believe that prayers and devotions such as the rosary need to come back into prominence in the spiritual lives of Catholics. I often introduce the gift of the rosary to the young people by reminding them that the rosary is not jewelry for the dead or a pop culture accessory. May could be a good time to help emphasize that point in your home by praying the rosary together at least once during Mary’s Month.


Pastor's Letter - May 13, 2018

The Ascension of the Lord marks a turning point in the life of the early Church. It signifies the transition which takes place when the Lord leaves His disciples, but with the promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit. Jesus leaves, but He does not leave them alone. He is still present with us today, especially in the Blessed Sacrament. And the Holy Spirit continues to strengthen His Church.

Next Sunday the Church celebrates the closing of the Easter season with the Solemnity of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Blessed Mother, the Apostles, and the disciples of the Lord. To help us observe the coming of the "Fire of the Holy Spirit", I invite everyone to wear something red to Mass next Sunday.

Many Catholics are aware of the practice among some evangelical Protestants of having an “altar call”, in which those who wish to make a new spiritual commitment to Jesus Christ are invited to come forward publicly. It is so named because the supplicants gather at the altar located at the front of the church building. We Catholics have been doing this for a long time. But we come forward to also receive the Holy Eucharist, the true Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Since the Sacrifice of the Lord is offered on the Altar, we come to the Altar to receive Him in Holy Communion. To preserve this significant custom, I invite those who have difficulty making their way forward at Communion time to sit in the front pew (either side) so that they might receive “at the Altar”.

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller