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

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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

SSPP Spring Clean-up on May 19

SSPP Spring Clean-up

Sat, May 19, 9am-11am

Help clean up our parish grounds for spring! Bring your rakes, your leaf blowers, your sidewalk edgers, etc. We will meet in the SSPP parking lot.

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Pope asks Catholics to pray the Rosary for peace

From the Pope:

Pope Francis has urged for prayers for peace in Syria and in the world. His call came during his weekly general audience of Wednesday, where he greeted Arab-speaking pilgrims.

“I invite you to cultivate the devotion to the Mother of God with the daily recitation of the Rosary, praying in a special way for peace in Syria and in the entire world,” the Pope said in Italian.


Pastor's Letter - May 6, 2018

“While Peter was still speaking these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the word.” This phrase from today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles indicates again how the early Church was strengthened by the Holy Spirit. The Lord promised His Apostles that He would send the Holy Spirit to them after He ascended to His Father in Heaven. (Liturgically, we celebrate these events in the next several weeks. So today’s readings are preparing us for those events. The Ascension of the Lord will be celebrated next Sunday. Pentecost – when we commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles – will be celebrated the week after that.) At every point in the life of the Church the Holy Spirit is at work. First, it is by the power of the Holy Spirit that the Apostles were strengthened to teach clearly in the face of obstacles and persecution. Second, it is in cooperation with the Holy Spirit that the authors of the books of the New Testament recorded the Word of God. While remaining free agents, they truly wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Third, it was under the guidance of the Holy Spirit that the Church’s pastors (i.e., the Bishops) determined which writings were inspired by the Holy Spirit and are part of the Bible. And fourth, it is the same Holy Spirit which continually guides the Church today. It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that the Pope (the successor of Saint Peter) and all the bishops in union with him infallibly teach on matters of the faith and on morals. The Church is not now, and never has been, a democracy. We do not determine doctrine by the latest poll, or by any report from some research group, nor by proclamations by civil authorities. The Church, and the Faith which the Church teaches, is a gift from our Lord, Jesus Christ. And both the Church and the Faith are protected by the Holy Spirit. May the Lord specially bless our young people who receive their First Holy Communion today (Sunday).

May your hearts ever burn with joy whenever you receive the Lord in the Holy Eucharist!

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller