Pastor's Letter - September 16, 2018

“But who do you say that I am?” Peter said to Him in reply, “You are the Christ.” This exchange between Peter and the Lord from today’s Gospel sums up an essential characteristic of our

Faith. We believe, like Peter, that Jesus is the very Son of God, the only Redeemer of the World, the Savior of mankind. Several years ago Pope Benedict XVI – while he was the head of Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – published (with the approval of Pope John Paul II) a document called Dominus Jesus (The Lord Jesus) which restates this core belief that there is one Savior by whom all may be saved; and that the Lord established one Church. Though human sin has brought about the sad divisions in the Church which are a visible reality, nevertheless the Lord prayed that we might be one. That unity of belief and practice is to be found in the Catholic Church, which the Lord established upon the authority of the Apostles, and whose successors continue to exercise the role of shepherds. While we respect the freedom of persons, which is an inherent quality of religious belief, the truth of the Gospel impels us to follow the Lord wholeheartedly, and to lead others to that same true Faith.

On a related note, each Fall we begin the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) which is a formal period of instruction and formation in the Catholic Faith. These classes are offered every Wednesday evening. Though classes have already begun, I still want to invite to this formation program any person who is not baptized or is baptized in another Christian church, who is interested in becoming a full member of the Catholic Church.

“We are the Diocese”! With the arrival of Fall, we are beginning the Diocesan Annual Appeal for 2018-2019. You will be receiving this week a letter from me addressing our success of the past year’s DAA, and our goals for this year. Then, the following week, you will receive a letter from Bishop Callahan with information about the DAA, along with the pledge form. Look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves which is yours in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:3- 5) 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, and throughout the world. I’ve already sent in my pledge!

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller

Divine Grace Mothers' Group


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!

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.




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Pastor's Letter - September 9, 2018

The Old Testament prophets frequently indicate the signs of the coming of the Lord. Among those signs, the prophet Isaiah (in today’s first reading) says that “then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared...” This prophecy is beautifully fulfilled in Jesus’ healing of the deaf man (today’s Gospel). Still, the mission of the Lord is more than healing the physically infirm. In fact, when Jesus heals the deaf and the blind it is also a symbol of spiritual healing. He came to redeem us by the offering of Himself for our sins, and to open our eyes and our ears to the truth of His teaching.

With the arrival of Fall, we will soon begin the Diocesan Annual Appeal for 2018-2019. Each of our parishioners will be receiving ( in several weeks) information about the Annual Appeal, along with their pledge form. For 21 years now the Diocesan Appeal has proven to be an excellent means of providing for the many needs of the local, national, and world-wide Church. As in the past, any gifts to the Annual Appeal which exceed the parish target amount will be returned to our parish for our needs. We received back $28,889 from last year’s Appeal! Look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves which is yours in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:3-5) 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 the Church in our parish, the Diocese of La Crosse, and throughout the world.

Though we have already begun our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) formation classes, it is not too late to join. These classes are for any person who is not baptized, or is baptized in another Christian church, and who is interested in becoming a full member of the Catholic Church. Please call the parish office to register.

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller

Men’s Holy League Sept. 14


Men’s Holy League
The Men’s Holy League will next be meeting on Fri, Sep. 14, at 6:00pm. If there are enough people, there will be refreshments afterwards.


St. Patrick’s Unit 6 Meeting
9:30am, Thu, Sep. 13 in the SSPP church basement
This will start our new year & the upcoming projects to help benefit SS Peter & Paul. New members are always welcome to join us. Mary Lou Uttermark will be the hostess.

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FNE Registration Night - Monday, Sept. 10

FNE Registration
Mon, Sept. 10 @ 6:30pm

SS Peter and Paul in the school building

The Federation of Northern Explorers will be starting a new year in Wis. Rapids. There will be a registration night, required for all parents interested in the program. It is a boy’s youth/scouting group that has Vatican approval. More information can be found at http://glacierlake.fnegroup.org/ or by emailing Scott Dempze at sdempze@tds.net



Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sat, Sep. 8 at St. Philip Catholic Church

Mary’s Birthday Celebration will begin with a 4:00pm Mass & continue with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Eucharistic Procession to the Grotto Gardens, Rosary, Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, & Benediction. All are welcome to attend. Birthday cake and ice cream will conclude the celebration.

Employment

Here at SSPP, we are looking for one or two part-time employees to assist in janitorial and housekeeping. If interested, please call 715-423-1351


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