Pastor's Letter - February 17, 2019

The last four weeks I have written about the Sacrament of Marriage, and would like to conclude today with reflections on the marriage rite itself.

Getting married is probably the most important decision a person can make. It is most appropriate, then, that this event be celebrated with joy and gusto. Typically there are two main parts to this celebration: the marriage rite itself, and then the reception that follows. For the valid celebration of the Sacrament, the Church requires that there be present for the marriage rite the couple who are getting married, two witnesses, and the priest (or dea- con). Frequently a couple will have additional groomsmen and bridesmaids, but only the two adult witnesses are required. Since marriage is a Sacrament, and most often takes place within the celebration of the Mass, it is necessary to take great care in the selection of music. Only music which conforms to the sacred character of the Sacrament may be used. Most parishes assist couples in the selection of appropriate wedding music. If a couple wants to include some popular songs in the day’s celebration those can be played at the reception. Both still and video photography are common ways of recording weddings. In order to preserve the sacred character of the church, and the dignity of the Sacrament of Marriage, only an unobtrusive, stationary video and non-flash still photography are allowed during the ceremony. In churches where it is allowed, pictures before or following the wedding should be done in a way which is respectful and quiet. At SSPP, I recommend that pictures be taken before the wedding outside (weather permitting) or in the Holy Family Cenacle. After the wedding I limit picture taking in the church to 30 minutes. Of course, the Holy Family Cenacle (and outside) can be used for pictures after the wedding as well, for as long as is needed. Our church provides a most beautiful place for the celebration of the Sacraments. Couples, with their family and friends, can truly celebrate with joy the Sacrament of Marriage, and the beginning of their life together in Christ.

Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent are right around the corner. I invite our parishioners to bring their blessed palms (from Palm Sunday last year) to the church and place them in the box provided in the Holy Family Cenacle. These palms will be burned following the 10am Mass on March 3, and the ashes used on Ash Wednesday (March 6).

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

Seven Sorrows Novena

Seven Sorrows Novena
The parish will be doing the Seven Sorrows novena on Fridays again this year, beginning this Fri, Feb. 22, at 5pm. Included with the novena will be Exposition, Adoration, concluding with Benediction. Confessions will be available as well.

What's on FORMED? Lent Book Club




This Lent join us for the first ever FORMED-wide book club! Readers will work their way through Pope Emeritus Benedict's masterpiece, Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week. Led by Father Joseph Fessio, founder of Ignatius Press and former student of Pope Benedict, this book club will delve into the week of Christ's Passion in a discussion group right on FORMED.

Father Fessio will kick off the book club on Monday, March 4 on FORMED Live! Tune in as he shares personal stories about Pope Benedict's influence on his own life and the worldwide impact of this important book.

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:

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Training Available!

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Training Available!

June 13-15 & Aug 22-24

(All dates are 1 course)

A level one training course will be offered at SS Peter & Paul this summer. Class size is limited to 20 people, so register early. Cost is $235 for the training course. Registration forms may be picked up at the SSPP or OLQH offices.
Or contact Peg Klinkhammer at

mklinkhammer@assumptioncatholicschools.org.

Pastor's Letter - February 10, 2019

The last three weeks I have written about the Sacrament of Marriage. Today I would like to write about some practical and spiritual considerations for couples who are planning to marry. As soon as a couple become engaged they should contact the pastor of the parish where they belong. Do not presume that the church is available for your chosen date and time without confirming this with your pastor! Before the pastor can confirm a date he must first complete the pre-nuptial questionnaire with the couple to insure that no obstacles lie in the way of the Sacrament. This is an important point to remember: it is the Sacrament of Marriage which a couple is requesting from the Church.

Like all the Sacraments, this is a celebration of faith, and presupposes faith. It is a sacred ritual which is presided over by the Church’s sacred minister (the priest or deacon) and is celebrated in a sacred place (the church). It is the right of Catholics to receive the Sacrament of Marriage. But it also brings with it responsibilities. These spiritual and practical obligations are not imposed upon the couple by the priest or by the Church, but are chosen by the couple when they ask to be married in the Church. It is my responsibility to remind couples of those obligations when they request marriage in the Church. What are those obligations? In short, couples need to actively practice the Catholic Faith, and properly prepare for the Sacrament. This means developing a habit of prayer, faithful participation at Mass every Sunday and on Holy Days of obligation, regular celebration of the Sacrament of Penance, and generally living a life which conforms to their Christian dignity. Co-habitation (living together) and/or sexual relations before marriage is contrary to Christian teaching, is poor preparation for marriage, and is morally wrong (sinful). When couples approach me about marriage, and indicate that one or both of them do not practice their Catholic Faith, I ask them this rhetorical question: Why would you want to receive a Sacrament in the Faith that you do not practice? I ask this question not to discourage couples from getting married in the Church, but rather to help them approach this Sacrament and all the Sacraments with a conscious faith. Otherwise the Church becomes just another pretty place to take pictures.

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller

The Jeweller's Shop Movie



Based on Pope John Paul II's best-selling book, this film tells of the struggles and triumphs in the marriages of three couples. A mysterious Jeweller (Burt Lancaster) acts as a mystical advisor to the couples, encouraging them to keep love at the center of their lives. Beautifully filmed with an outstanding cast that includes Olivia Hussey and Ben Cross. John Paul II called it "the best possible film based on my play."


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:

PCCW of SS Peter & Paul Soup Fest


Sat-Sun, Feb. 16-17, following all Masses

$7/qt for chicken noodle, chili, & ham & bean soups

No pre-orders this year. More information to follow.